Happy Wednesday, FCC! Wednesday is such a good day for our mission as a church. Wednesdays are filled with great promise. At FCC, we do everything we can to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus. On Wednesdays we have a lot of people helping in a lot of ways so the next generations can meet, know, and follow Jesus. AWANA and the Refuge meet tonight. Please join me today in praying for these groups. Please pray that students would know that no matter who they are, or what they have done, or what has been done to them, they matter to God and he loves them and so do we. Please pray that this year, more and more students would meet Jesus and follow him.
Hope. I am a creature of hope. I have hundreds, perhaps thousands of small hopes for today. I hope to make my appointments on time. I hope my meetings go well and are productive. I hope dinner will be tasty and good. I hope my commute goes well. I hope my son’s exam goes well. I hope my workout helps me get stronger. I hope my prayer for a friend is answered. I hope...
You hope. You have hundreds, perhaps thousands of hopes for today. We are hope filled creatures. We can’t survive without hope. Our attitudes and experience of life are shaped by our hopes, and if our hopes are being satisfied. Our happiness goes up and down depending on our hopes. What is amazing about God is that God gives us a hope that is so unshakeable, so real, so true, that even when, or especially when, our hundreds or thousands of little hopes are being dashed to pieces, we can say today is a better day than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better still.
What is that hope? One of Jesus’ most influential pastors tells us. In a letter to one of Paul’s mentees, named Titus, Paul tells Titus that grace trains us to wait for a most happy hope. That hope, Paul says, is “the appearing of our great God and savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2.13). There is a date set in the future, that we can place our whole hope on, because God is determined that it will take place. It is a most happy hope (that’s what Paul means by “blessed hope”), because when Jesus appears, we will see his glory, his wonder, his power, his goodness. We will see him, finally. Face to face. With Jesus, comes heaven on earth. The righting of wrongs, the banishing of sin and injustice and evil. With Jesus, comes eternal life. With Jesus, comes resurrection from the dead.
It’s this hope, this most happy of hopes, that we need to get down into the deepest core of our hearts. It is this hope, and this hope alone, that can make every day better than the last. Because this hope will come. This hope is the greatest of all hopes.
You have hopes today. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of hopes for today. But is your heart set on the happiest of all hopes? You can know a happiness and a joy, even when our fleeting hopes are being dashed. Jesus is coming again. Today is better than yesterday, because today we are one day closer to seeing him.
I am so busy. I am too busy. Everyone is so busy. These are phrases we hear and say to others and ourselves so often. Everyone knows that being super busy is not sustainable, nor is it beneficial for us. But only one person knows how to help us rest, because Jesus gets to the heart of rest. This Sunday, Pastor Tim Prince will help us learn how to rest. He will introduce us to Jesus, who says, “Come to me, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11.28). Rest is a rhythm of grace, because it takes an experience of the grace of God to give our hearts rest. We rest out of rest.
Every human heart is made to experience the grace of God. Pray about who you can invite, and invite a friend! This will be a great time together. See you on Sunday!
Watch or listen to sermons in the “Rhythms of Grace” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
In the fall edition of "FAITH Hudson" magazine, you'll find personal reflections from people at FCC on each of the spiritual disciplines highlighted in the current sermon series: Bible reading, prayer, rest and witness. As a follow up to last Sunday’s sermon, “Grace for Prayer,” check out Zach McCabe’s reflection on prayer. Pick up a complimentary copy of the magazine on Sunday, or you can also read it on the FCC blog at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
This Sunday, we will have a covenant membership meeting following the 9 a.m. service for members to affirm candidates for covenant membership.
Every Sunday is someone’s first Sunday. So we want to help everyone feel welcomed, noticed and loved. We can’t do this without you! So, JOIN THE HOSPITALITY TEAM!
Come to ONE of the 90-minute training sessions to learn more:
SATURDAY, Sept. 21 (9:00-10:30am) OR MONDAY, Sept. 30 (6:00-7:30pm)
Psalm 73:25-26 (Strength)
25Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Pastor Larry Szyman and FCC Elder Dan Fosterling just returned from Uganda, training local church leaders to ensure that FCC's goal of seeing an African-led, disciple making, church planting movement takes root in northern Uganda. Read blog posts from their trip at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store or Google play to download the app.
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.
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