Thanksgiving is upon us! It is a great time for gathering together with those in our lives that we treasure and reflecting on the many blessings in our lives. Now this would be a perfect time to talk about God’s many blessings and how very much practicing an “attitude of gratitude” can positively affect our faith walk, as well as our lives in general. Because it is such a great time to reflect on being gratefulness and all we do have to be thankful for, some of our other Pastors at Rock Church have already done a great in their blogs on this topic, and I would encourage you to go read all of their blogs as well. (http://www.rock-church.org/blogs/)

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But today, I wanted to talk with you today about something a slightly different – and that is contentment. Like cousins, contentment and gratefulness are not unrelated; in fact, I would propose that they are wholly interrelated. One cannot be content unless they have first grown a heart of gratitude. While gratefulness is a feeling or appreciation of something that one receives, contentment is rather a sense of satisfaction with what one has regardless of one’s circumstances.  Many of you may be familiar with the well-known Bible verse Philippians 4:13, I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” What we tend to forget about this verse, is what came prior, what tells us what “this” is in verse 13:

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I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12)

 

Paul wrote this letter to the church in Philippi from prison, and yet because of the strength he drew from the love of Christ, he was able to say that he was content. Oh what a lofty goal to achieve, but how great is the love of Jesus that His strength will never run short in us and that we get to continue to live the rest of our lives content in that knowledge! 

I pray your Thanksgiving is full, of love, laughter, friends and family, but most of all, I pray that it is full of contentment. 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday when we’ll finish up our DEEPER SERMON series!

With love,

P. Rachel
Rachel@rock-church.org 
603-819-8181

I hope you’ll put some of these great upcoming events on your calendar:

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COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER – Just a final reminder that we are serving a community Thanksgiving dinner at the Plaistow campus tomorrow from 11:30-1.  Please share with anyone who may enjoy some great good and great company tomorrow.  More info is available at http://www.rock-church.org/thanksgiving-dinner

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AMESBURY CHRISTMAS PARADE – Saturday is the annual Amesbury Christmas Parade! This parade not only goes right by our building, but it also generally features some of our “Good Christian Men” rejoicing and singing on a float. We’ll also be doing a table and giving out coffee, hot cocoa, etc. This is always a good time and a great opportunity to show that Rock Church Amesbury is FOR OUR COMMUNITY. As the parade begins at 3:30pm, I believe we will plan to gather about an hour beforehand.  Any men interested in joining the fun on the float can contact the irrepressible Mr. Tom Hodge at 978-388-9098 or at tomronda@verizon.net.  For anyone interested in helping us hand out goodies at the table, please contact P.Jonny at jon@rock-church.org

FOR OUR COMMUNITY GROUP - This Sunday during the message, I put out a call for anyone interested in joining a group focused on finding opportunities to let our community know we are FOR THEM.  Well, let me tell you YOU ALL CAME THROUGH!  We got an overwhelming response, but I don’t want anyone to be left out.  So if you either weren’t with us this weekend, or God is just now putting it on your heart to join this effort, give me a shout and let me know at rachel@rock-church.org.  If you did write it on your connection card, we’ll be in touch soon about organizing a meeting.  You all are awesome!

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