From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
As we kick off the autumn season in the life of the church and prepare for the upcoming holidays, the aforementioned scripture has resonated with me. Paul has given us a valuable piece of advice here. Truthful, honorable, and respectful thoughts, words, and actions should be our norm as Christians.
Did you ever notice that the people who live by all these things are pleasant, and we love to be in their presence? Or how much do we enjoy being around those who look for the good in life and those who focus on the positive? We gravitate toward people who recognize God working in their lives. This lifestyle aligns with our faith and brings us closer to Christ.
I believe these gifts are found at Hope Church and are evident in our authentic and positive fellowship, worship, and ministry. I am excited to see how this love-driven energy will unfold as we come together and get back into full gear.
We embrace the motto of the UCC: "Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here". Whether you grew up in the church or are new to this place, we want you to feel connected to the positivity and life-giving energy of Christ.
Realistically, we all face challenges. The church of today faces challenges. We do not dismiss our concerns; rather, we work to focus our minds on all the positive things listed in the above verses and implant them into our hearts. It takes determination, but the effort is well worth it. When we commit to embracing, "all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise." then we will be the people and the church Christ calls us to be.