The Lord ... has sent me to bring good news ...
(Isaiah 61:1, CEB)
Rejoice always. ... Give thanks in every situation ...
(1 Thessalonians 5:16 & 18, CEB)
It seems every day this year we have been inundated with news that creates fear and injustice, spreads rumors of war, and/or reports a new natural disaster.
In the midst of oppression, brokenness, and the prisons of our own minds, it can be difficult to seek joy. Yet, in Isaiah 61, God has promised to bring comfort, hope, and justice to this world through the promised Messiah.
We, who are caretakers of God’s people through our various worship arts, have the power to inspire people to be the hands and feet of the promised Savior. Take time during this week and season to be thankful for the gifts God has given you which serve as a vehicle of transformation and JOY in this world.
Come, Lord Jesus, to give us JOY! Amen.
Director of Music Ministries
First United Methodist Church