“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” Psalm 98:4 (ESV)
The song “Joy to the World” is one I find myself singing, humming or whistling fairly frequently. Isaac Watts, an English hymn writer, wrote the lyrics based on Psalm 98. Although it has become a Christmas classic, I remember hearing somewhere that this was not the original intent. This song is one of praise to our Creator and a reminder to believers to be prepared for his return.
Think about some of the key ideas in this song of praise:
Our Savior does reign. The promise of His first coming was kept. God always keeps His promises, so we can continue to expect His second coming. Joy to the world, the Lord is come . . . repeat the sounding joy!
Update for Worship in the church building:
We are attempting to comply with the new Shawnee County guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing.
Towards that end, we have roped off every other pew to assist with the social distancing request.
If for any reason you find when you come into the church that you cannot maintain the 6’ social distancing guideline, we would request you wear a mask. I know this is inconvenient, but the alternative is for us to cease in-person gatherings. (The six foot guidelines does not apply to family units)
The good news is “this too shall pass.” Until then we will be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” I Corinthians 15:58
God bless you,
Pastor Holmes and Pastoral Staff