Today we move onto a new fruit of the spirit. The second fruit is JOY! What a fabulous word to study and learn a little bit more about. I think we can all use a little more joy right now. We will read about joy in the Psalms, Matthew, and Acts.
Today begins a new series on Galatians 5:22-23! Galatians 5:22-23 reads, "By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things." Each week, we'll take a look at each of the fruit of the spirit. This week we're going to study love as the first fruit of the spirit listed in this passage.
Join us this week as we discuss Matthew 14:22-33. Do feel like 2020 could be described as some rough waters? The interaction described in this passage between Peter and Jesus is a great guide for how to navigate the experiences we face right now.
Six First Lutheran members emailed me a short prayer as a summary of the things they've been praying about in this season of life. It's encouraging to know we're not alone. Join us this week as we pray together.
Join us this week as we discuss showing love to our friends, family, and community during these challenging times.
Remember to "BPE"! Asking these three questions will equip you to extend love in situations that might be easier to cast judgment.
I'm sure you've heard folks question what "the truth" is right now as we receive information from many different sources. Grab your bibles and study along with us this week as we search the bible for truth!
John 16:7-13 - Truth is the Holy Spirit
John 8:31-33 - Truth is living out Jesus' Teachings
1 John 5:8 - Truth is Acknowledging Sin
1 John 3:17-24 - Truth is Action
If you're curious what programs and events we have this fall, check out this podcast! We're excited to see how we'll draw closer to God as a church community. This podcast includes the latest updates with worship, Sunday school, small groups, and mission/outreach! A special thanks to Deacon Kristin and Heidi for participating in this week's podcast!
In the midst of the pandemic, it's easy to forget First Lutheran is also in the middle of the call process for a new pastor! This is a long and holy journey and we hope you'll pray alongside us in the coming weeks. This podcast offers 3 different prayer opportunities outlined by Tracey Vrba!
Have you recently felt left out? Maybe you weren't invited to the Fourth of July party you normally attend every year. Are you feeling a little bit lonely? Join us this week as we discuss being left out and lonely and the assurance of being seen and heard by God.