Sermon Topic: Joy
Do you remember "normal" family holidays? Me, neither. We are all grieving the loss of our old "normals," some of which may never return. But the good news is that the space created gives room for us to find some new "normals" -- things that feed our souls and help us connect more deeply with God and each other. At Mosaic, we're doing just that. We're looking for new "normals" that feed our relationship with God and that breed life and joy into our community. This Sunday, we'll talk about how we can intentionally sow good practices into our holidays so we can welcome the mystery in ways that refresh and renew.
We’ve been spending November talking about how to find joy in a pandemic-y world. What we’re finding is that joy IS possible, even when the world is conspiring against us, because biblical joy is not rooted in our circumstances but in the love of God. This week, we’ll explore the roots of joy and joylessness, as we celebrate the author of all joy.
This week, we will continue our exploration of biblical joy with stories from both Exodus and Philippians. In these we'll be inspired to find joy even in the wilderness. We can’t wait to worship with you on Sunday, as we continue with our series on finding Everyday Joy.
Biblical joy is not rooted in our circumstances. It is rooted in Christ's presence. Jesus himself told us that he came that his joy might be in us, so that our joy would be full (John 15:11). This ought to come as good news! No matter what 2020 throws at us, we can still have joy in our lives. For the next three Sundays, we'll talk about how to access biblical joy in our everyday lives.
God's ability to orchestrate circumstances and accomplish his purposes is amazing, isn't it? Well, this Sunday's message represents one of those moments of amazement. Ten months ago, we planned this week's message with a stressful season in mind. At the time, we thought the season would simply be the upcoming holidays and all the extra that requires. Little did we know that the season we'd be in on November 1 would be THIS season. My goodness! Friends, let's talk about a better way to enter the holidays, so we can say with the saints, "Best of all, God is with us."