It’s hard to believe how the Lord works things out, isn’t it? Sunday we will continue our journey in the Book of Philippians. It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving and the text we have arrived at is all about giving thanks – chapter 1, verses 3-8:
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
The primary note of thankfulness seems to be for other believers in whom God has and is working. What a joy to know the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ. We are growing together in the Lord, we are defending the gospel, and we are partaking of God’s precious grace together. What deep affection we should have for one another.
On Sunday evening we will our annual Thanksgiving meal together at 6pm. But first we will have a commissioning service for our Pastor Search Committee. Please arrive early, no later than 5:45 and come to the worship center. We will meet briefly there to commission our search team, thank God for them, pray for them and lift up the whole process to the will of the Lord.
I trust you will enjoy a great Thanksgiving with family and friends and that you will be back in the house of the Lord the following Sunday as we continue our study of the book of Philippians.
I am looking forward to what God will do at Tabernacle this coming Sunday. Please be present with your Bibles in hand as we worship the Lord together.
Blessings, YFJS, Bro Tom