This Sunday is important. The two week series that is starting Sunday will be significant for our faith family. I'm talking about Fighting For JOY. I'll be addressing various barriers to joy in our relationship with Christ. I want to give you a heads up though... Sunday's sermon will be PG-13. I intend to say some things that are not always said at church about the sins and circumstances in life that keep us from living in the Joy of God.
I want to encourage you to check your younger (birth-PK) kids into childcare. ALSO, it is a great week for Hope Church to start HopeKIDS Church for kids 1st - 5th grade. I'm not sure if you've heard about it but we are kicking off a monthly kids Church on the 3rd Sunday of each month that will take place during the sermon portion of the service. Kids will be in the service at the beginning for the music. We'll dismiss them right as the sermon begins and they will come back in to sit with you when the sermon ends. ALSO... they will be memorizing some scripture together that they will share with the church at the end of the service during announcements.
This is a great week to invite friends. The teaching time will be honest and raw and challenging... and we have something for all age groups!
Please be in prayer for our service this week. I believe God will grant some freedom from habits and hangups and we'll see the Joy of God grow in among our church.