Philippians, an epistle of Paul, has been called his ‘letter of joy’. Paul aggressively challenges Christians to pursue holiness in the letters he writes. He doesn’t shirk that responsibility in this letter, yet his approach is joy-filled and grateful. He begins by sharing how much he cares for the believers in this Greek city of Philippi. His approach to prayer is a great model for us: as we remember, and give thanks for those we love, we turn those thoughts into prayers of gratitude to God.
God receives the glory for the gifts of love, intimacy and joy we experience from one another and we ask God, through prayer, to continue the good work in these loved ones. Too often we go along in life expecting others to fulfill their duties believing that they don’t need to be thanked. As we mature as Christians we seek to serve others without needed their praise, yet a word of affirmation sure is encouraging.
The Sanctuary will remain open on Wednesday’s for times of personal and communal prayer and devotion.