Good morning, FCC! I sure hope you are doing well! I miss meeting with you in person, but I am so grateful for the technology that allows us to join together for FCC online, for discipleship and for connecting together during these times.
I was reminded this morning about the importance of gratitude, while we endure our present difficulties and challenges. A key leader in the early church, named Paul, wrote a letter to a church that was living in uncertain times. He wrote the letter to encourage them to grow in their relationship with Jesus in the midst of the uncertainty. At the close of his letter, he addressed the presence of anxiety in their hearts. There is a lot of helpful counsel in Philippians 4 for our anxious hearts, but I’d like to mention just one part. Paul, who was no stranger to uncertainty and challenges, wrote “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4.6). When we are anxious, we are trying to figure out how our present resources are going to supply our current and potential needs. Paul reminds us that instead of trying to answer all the potential needs that may come our way, we can talk to God about our needs, resources, challenges and troubles. Prayer to God gives a way to voice our cares and concerns to God, who loves us, cares for us, and promises to meet our needs according to his glorious grace (Philippians 4.19).
But Paul says to pray with thanksgiving. What he means is to daily pay attention to everything that God is already supplying to you, while you ask God for more help. One role that gratitude has in our battle with anxiety is that the act of gratitude reminds our hearts that God is caring for us right now in so many ways, and if he will care for us right now, he will care for us later today, tomorrow, and into the future.
As you pray today about your concerns, pray with gratitude, list out to God all the ways you are seeing him provide for you right now. This honors God, who is our provider, and also speaks Hope to our own hearts.
This Sunday we are concluding our "Who Do You Say?" series, which is all about Jesus. In Jesus’ day, those who were young or old, rich or poor, powerful or weak, had opinions about Jesus. But, who do you say Jesus is? This is the most important question we can ask and answer.
Personally invite a friend to join you this Sunday, and then call and talk about what you heard. It’s never been easier to invite a friend to “church!”
Remember to be praying for someone to invite to experience Easter with you at FCC Online on April 12! We have a message of great Hope for this life and the next!
Watch or listen to sermons in the “Who Do You Say?” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app. You’ll also find a copy of the sermon guide with the sermon audio and video.
Listen to this week’s worship music playlist on Spotify. Check it out here. (You’ll need to sign up for a free Spotify account to listen, if you don’t already have one.)
Thank you for the many ways you are serving our neighbors across the St. Croix Valley! We’ve put together some resources to help you reach out to the people you know.
Thanks for serving your neighbors!
WORDING for a text, email, letter or social media. Just copy and paste this into a text, email or social media post:
I’m a part of Faith Community Church in Hudson, WI, and we love the St. Croix Valley! We want to offer some help to you.
Do you need any of the following?
As your neighbor, I’d love to serve you. I’ll be sure to protect you by staying at least 6 feet away and leaving any items on your doorstep. Please send me a direct message or you can go to our church website, fcchudson.com. Click “Contact” at the bottom of the home page and let us know how we can help. You can also call the church at (715) 386-4070 (be sure to leave a voicemail!).
Would you please help us to help as many people as possible? Please pass this along! We’re here to help! Thank you!
Ephesians 4:26-27 (Anger)
26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
Although we’re all experiencing a lot of change right now, our mission stays the same: to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus. We have an opportunity to reach thousands through our new online services and resources. Your faithful giving helps support our shared mission. Thank you for your generosity!
Missional Communities are a great place to have people speak truth into our lives. They are the core element of Faith Community’s discipleship, and we'd love to help you get connected with a Missional Community:
We are so excited to offer you the following new resources. We hope you find them helpful for discipleship. They also provide a great opportunity to share gospel truth with a friend, co-worker or neighbor. Could you please help us by sharing these new resources through a text, email or social media? Thank you!
PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.