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"Joyful Contentment"- Joy Bomb- Week 4

June 24, 2019
Alive Wesleyan
"Joyful Contentment"- Joy Bomb- Week 4
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Alive Wesleyan
"Joyful Contentment"- Joy Bomb- Week 4
Jun 24, 2019
Alive Wesleyan
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Contentment - a state of being happy or satisfied.


Philippians 4:12b (NIV84) 12b “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . .”


Three False Pathways to Contentment


1.    “The Prosperity Gospel”
2.    “The Poverty Gospel”
3.    “The Power Gospel”

Speaker 1:
0:00
Hey, good morning. All right. I sure hope you're doing well. I'll let me have a word of prayer with you. Jesus. Thank you so much for this day, these beautiful folks. And uh, I pray over the next few moments you would teach us something about who you are and give us the challenge, the power, the strength to actually see that change happen in us. So cover this moment. I pray with your spirit and your presence in your name. Amen Man. So this is kind of the last time, uh, for me for a couple of weeks and the way in the pulpit because uh, I'll take some break. I got some writing I got to do for some discipleship stuff. We're getting ready to launch and um, then I got some district stuff for the other hat that I wear as far as the churches in South Carolina. And so all that's going on, but until you'll be in great hands because the staff will be here and they're going to help lead us through over the next few weeks as we continue to joy mom's series.
Speaker 1:
0:45
And the reason I say, oh, that is, have you noticed how hard it is to do exactly what that song just said for us to do? I thought, man, this song is so easy. Uh, you know, but it's so hard, you know, just don't worry. Be Happy. If someone had a pill I could take that would make that happen. Uh, life would be so much better. And I'll tell you, part of the reason for that is this thing called marketing. And some of you may be in marketing and you're dark people. I mean you people, what you're trying to do is you try to create this sense of, of need that wasn't previously there. And the problem is you're so dead gum good at it. I mean, you guys get me like crazy. And so let me just show you what I just purchased. This is a brand new leatherman free p two, all the men in the room.
Speaker 1:
1:33
This is the only time you'll dial in right now. And if that sexist send me an email. So this is, this has all like a pair of pliers. It has like a cutting tool right there and the mentally keep going preacher. Okay, so it has um, has like a knife. Um, it has a like a, Oh yeah, the uh, the, the coach to launch a nuclear bomb. I mean the, there's, has, it has all these things and the reason it's called a free p two is you're supposed to be able to open it. Look at that. Oh, come on. That was, I mean the eight 30 gave me more than you. People just did. Some of you in the slow part of the message, you're going to buy one of these right here. Now this is amazing tool and I'll tell you why. Because the advertisers said it's unrivaled. Versatility ensures you'll never back down from a challenge. You darn right. The P two, which is how those of us that have one referred to it represents decades of consumer feedback testing and engineering integrated free technology. I'm working on still working on it just, and so this gives me 19 tools that are all easily accessible with one hand, 25 year warranty. Slap your mother. Is that not amazing? What can you buy that will last 25 years, these days, other than like pita chips, you know, what else do you have? Now here's the thing about this.
Speaker 1:
3:15
I already have a leather leatherman I've already had. And you know what, I've had this one for like 10 years. I still got eight years. Let's see, 2015 years left on this one before the warranty wears out. But because some Russian robot controlled by Putin and the Republicrat bind to all the demographics of who I am, they went on social media and they pop the ad up for that bad boy. And I was a victim
Speaker 1:
3:48
to tell you how dark I really am. This is the true story. I said to lease lease, you may notice a charge on the credit card, but it's for ministry. And so this week I was thinking about cutting it because I was needing some space in the sermon. I said, hotcakes cut at least is going to kill me, you know, so and so I had to tell that story. So do you, do you remember before Facebook and uh, like Amazon and apple were listening to all of our private conversations in the house so they can market to us? Do you remember these things called infomercials? If you're not familiar with infomercials would be come on usually late at night and they would have this one 800, you know, plus shipping and handling and buy one get 14 free kind of ideas. And these guys made a fortune. So here's a couple of famous infomercials.
Speaker 1:
4:42
Here's the, here's the first one. Anybody remember the Snuggie? How many of Y'all got a snuggie? Come on, raise your hands. How many of you got one for Christmas? Or like, aw man, I got a snuggie. And you were like, and try not to like it. But they were like, oh, this is amazing. There's actually a lawsuit right now between apparently the blanket people and coach people about what this is. And that's an, that's another story. You can look that up. How about this one? Anybody remember this one? Anybody will confess to actually buying one. Several of you buy one. How many of you look at your size and say, hmm, maybe you know, maybe that would be kind of something I should have. Maybe it's something I should buy for someone I love, whatever it is. Suzanne Somers actually sold over 10 million of these things just to let you know, it didn't quite produce these results as a general rule.
Speaker 1:
5:23
Just to let you know, get it off the screen for I get an email. How about this one? Anybody remember that? Clap on and that amazing. I want to put one in the whole church so we just leave. We could go and everything would go off, you know, and then that'd be amazing. That'd be an awesome thing. The clapper. Anybody by a clapper. Just out of curiosity about some clappers. That's awesome. So every year, billions and billions of dollars are being spent by some of the brightest and most creative people in the world with one clear objective. And that's this. You're not happy, you're not happy with just one. You need the t two, you know you need this one as well. You need them both. They're trying to breed a lack of contentment. And by that I mean this contaminated, this state of being happy or satisfied. So here's my question. How are you doing on this one? Honestly, do a little inventory in your own little world there right now. How are you doing on this one? Anybody else buying another of something they already have?
Speaker 1:
6:29
Anybody want a bigger house, a newer car or skinny or body thinner thighs, more hair, less hair, smarter spouse, cuter kids, more kids, less kids. Um, moral, obedient dog. Um, no cats on the planet. Anybody else want things like that? You know, do you have any, any, anybody else share that desire? See, because today I think we're going to look at what would be one of the most boldest that one of the boldest claims in all of scripture, at least to our western culture, and certainly a claim that has my full attention. And surprisingly, this particular bold claim wasn't made by Jesus. It was made by the guy who wrote this little book we've been studying together. Guy Named Paul. Paul wrote these words. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. Now Paul has my attention because honestly, when I asked you to take a little inventory a while ago, I have taken a little inventory and I don't do contentment.
Speaker 1:
7:36
Well, there's always something I wish was different or I wish I could change. I wish I could improve of Paul says he's found a secret, but before we get to a Paul said, I realized that there's a great many folks in our culture who are telling me they have found the secret to contentment. It's not just a good folks that Leatherman, but there's all kinds of folks that are telling me they found the secret. There are good many teachers and preachers and you just wait the next two years, politicians are going to go crazy bonkers telling us that they'd tuned know the path and the secret to contentment and not only that celebrities like from their confines of their island they own in Hawaii are telling me that they have found a secret to contentment here. Here's a couple that I hear. One is prosperity.
Speaker 1:
8:23
People will say, you know, prosperity is your, is your way to contentment. The more you have, the happier you'll be. In fact, if I can just pick on my particular field, some of the largest churches in America right now teach what is referred to as a prosperity Gospel and the Prosperity Gospel. It is this awesome sounding idea. Uh, it basically the Prosperity Gospel teaches that God desires for anybody who truly follows him to be wealthy and healthy. I mean, if I could get you all to buy into that would be an amazing idea. Basically, if we obey God, give to his ministry and helps the pastor by an airplane, then we start following Jesus better than anybody else. And at the end of this prosperity rainbow is health and wealth. And when that happens, you will have contentment and we're buying this stuff like crazy. The problem, at least one of the problems with the prosperity idea is Jesus then becomes this means to an end instead of the relationship with Jesus being the end itself. Jesus is like the ticket to the treasurer, but he's not the treasure anymore. And Prosperity Gospel can actually be a pretty damaging idea. Some of you have experienced this because what it teaches is if we have enough faith, the bills go away, the cancer gets healed, the depression is no longer part of us, but if it doesn't go away in the Prosperity Gospel, there can only be one of two places to look. It's either God's fault or it's your fault.
Speaker 1:
10:10
The difficulty with Prosperity Gospel for me is it, it doesn't line up consistently throughout the pages of scripture and, and the people that seem to pedal this are peddling it from what versus the one or two versus not. Like from the whole context. Jesus said this about himself. He said, foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but I don't have anywhere to lay my head. So is Jesus not doing it right? And then in Isaiah, there's this passage in Isaiah that talks about, that's predicting and speaking of the Messiah, it's prophetically speaking. Speaking of the day Jesus comes, this is what it says about Messiah. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him. This is speaking about Jesus. Nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering like one from whom people hide their faces. He was despised and we esteemed him not. This does not seem like prosperity. This isn't, this isn't just a Christian problem. This is a culture problem. We're immersed in this right now. We're all intentionally or unintentionally chasing some form of it. The more I have, the more content I will be. If one makes me happy for a while, which it does well, then two might make me happy for longer,
Speaker 1:
11:44
then that's fine. When I'm talking about a pocket knife, excuse me, a multi tool, but what about if I buy that philosophy when it comes to my marriage? One makes me happy for a while,
Speaker 1:
12:05
or what about when I start buying that philosophy for things that I can afford? That pickup truck is nice now, but they have a nicer pickup truck and I could buy two even if I couldn't afford it. I like my house, but maybe I could have a bigger house. Do you see? And we all start chasing this thing. And the problem with the contentment from the prosperity idea is it doesn't stay very long. Have you noticed this? It doesn't stay very long. So if it's not prosperity, some of us will then resort to the opposite extreme that will bring contentment. We'll call this one poverty because it's another p word just for you. So poverty and I right now, this is a big thing in our world on the idea is not that we'll have a lot of things idea right now is to actually have a few things.
Speaker 1:
13:00
And so there's a lot of millennials minimalist kind of thinking out there right now in shows. Well there are absolutely entire branches of Christianity built on this model, this pathway to contentment. The idea is more spiritual. We become, the less stuff we desire. And this is also attractive. If prosperity taps into what we desire, poverty taps into who we think we should be. Prosperity kind of makes us more kind of a wealthy, but poverty would make us more pious, more righteous. And the Poverty Gospel idea is more subtle or subtler than the prosperity one because poverty teaches the ultimate goal is to deprive yourself. Then some people buy into this, oh, we shouldn't have that. We should not have that. We shouldn't do that. Let's get rid of all this, and if you've ever opened your sock drawer, you realize, wow, I have too many socks or your junk drawer in the kitchen.
Speaker 1:
13:59
Do y'all have a junk drawer in the kitchen and have a junk cabinet in the kitchen or like a junk closet? You'd have a junk room can I don't want to talk about, so thanks man. Honey, why do we have all this stuff? But the problem we have are those pesky words of Jesus because this is what Jesus said. He said, if you though you are evil, this is right after he talked about, Hey, if your kid asks for a loaf of bread, are you going to give him a snake? It's right after he says this, that kind of story. He says, if you though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven good give good gifts to those who ask him.
Speaker 1:
14:37
When in the Old Testament, the whole majority of the first part of the Old Testament's about getting to a promised land, it's a land flowing with milk and honey, not poverty. And then everything I read about heaven is it talks about feasting and joy and celebration and parties in a good way. And so you kind of think, well, it's not like come to heaven and sleep on a bale of Hay for the night. It's not like that. It's actually something I looked forward to going to. There's this Jewish folk tale about a young man who aspired to be holy, be pious, be righteous chapter. We're going to this for some time. He went to see his rabbi and he said to his rabbi, I have achieved holiness. And the rabbi said, why do you think that? And the young man said, well, I've been practicing virtue in discipline for some time and I've actually grown quite proficient at this from the time the sun rises until it sets. He says, I take no food or water all day long. I do all kinds of hard work for others and I never expect to be thanked. I have, I have temptations of the flesh. I roll in the snow or thorn bushes until they go away, which seems to tad extreme to me, but that's just my opinion.
Speaker 1:
15:59
And then at night, before I go to bed, I practice an ancient monastic discipline and I administered lashes to my bare back. Just a side note, if you're falling of Jesus involves you beating yourself with a whip, you have lost the way that is not the right way. You're doing something dramatically wrong and should seek help outside of myself. So he, this includes myself by being himself all day kind of things. He says, I have discipline myself so as to be holy and the rabbi is silent and the rabbis probably, well, whatever he's thinking. So then he leads the young man to a window and he points to this old horse being led around by its master. And the rabbi says, I've been observing that horse for some time and I have noticed, he says, it doesn't get fed or watered from morning to night, all day long. It has to do work for people and nobody ever thinks it. I often see it rolling around in the snow or the bushes as horses are prone to do. And frequently I see it get whipped. So the rabbi turns young man, he says, but I ask you, is that a saint or a horse?
Speaker 1:
17:14
See, this isn't just a Christian idea. The Buddha felt he had found contentment in his poverty, his monasticism, the issue I would take with Buddhist, he left his wife and family to find that contentment. And I marvel what it might've done to them. And did he think about that? Because that doesn't sound right to me.
Speaker 1:
17:39
So if prosperity is kind of a losing game when it comes to contentment and if poverty is sort of a losing game when it comes to contentment, then maybe one more. What it's actually power that leads to contentment and the power I'm referring to isn't like the power to change nations and countries, but there's actually the power that we all have within us that Whitney Houston towards about a while ago and that we've actually heard some in recent days to some might call it stoicism. The idea here is your heart, your mind and your soul are the ultimate source of what you need. Contentment is found in this idea, in denying your circumstances and look to the power within. Now, the problem with this particular worldview is what if you're middle aged, you've already discovered we ain't got that kind of power within. I don't have the kind of power then to be and do whatever it is I want to be and do and it's not just in the past. We actually have modern stoics. You parents are actually teaching this to your children right now. Perhaps you parents of young children have heard this from Saint Elsa
Speaker 2:
18:59
[inaudible] this smooth sailing stone and inside,
Speaker 1:
19:03
don't sing it. Okay, go ahead and sing it
Speaker 2:
19:14
[inaudible] be the good girl will always have to be conceal. Don't feel. Don't let them know who will now can hone it back. Any [inaudible] [inaudible]
Speaker 1:
19:56
man, if you could like throw a flag of a term I shouldn't use in church right now, I would throw the flag because honestly, if I'm tempted to be one of the pathways of contentment, it's not prosperity or poverty. It's this one. The problem I have with this path is the thing doesn't work because my external circumstances are are pretty doggone real. They are just some illusion that I can ignore and they won't touch me in. Can't hurt me. That's a crock of of untruth is what that is. You were neglected as a child. You were abused you or betrayed by someone you loved greatly. You were jilted by a lover. You struggle with an addiction. Your parents called it quits. You can't just ignore those things, nor should as much as we long for it to be true. We can't just let it go, Elsa, that doesn't work.
Speaker 1:
20:56
It doesn't work. I read an article recently by a popular Christian author and speaker that I won't share their name, but this is what, this is what they wrote. When my understanding of scripture causes me to reject what my heart, mind, and soul are telling me, the problem is not with my heart, mind, and soul. It's with my understanding of scripture. I'm gonna throw the flag again. Don't miss this because this is being piped into your brains nonstop. The ultimate source of truth that your heart, mind, and soul, and if it is counter to what you be our reading in God's word, then God's Word is wrong, not you. The author goes on to write this. Check it out. Your internal locus of control. If you're willing to trust it will reliably lead you in the direction of truth. I have. I have just one body of evidence to counter what we have. Just read from a Christian author. Anybody ever follow your own heart and end up in a big pile of mess? I have two words for you. Dating,
Speaker 3:
22:16
okay.
Speaker 1:
22:19
Don't remember. Some of you like no. One day I hope to. It's coming. Just stay with it. It'll, it'll happen button by gracious if I don't have some power of regret in that moment. I know some of the people I dated have some pile in regret, but they ever dated me. No doubt about it. Just follow your heart. Don't do that. That is what the Bible calls them dumb. Don't, don't do that. I'm telling you, you will regret that. And Man, just start following my heart on issues of sexuality really is that what we're going to do? Follow my heart on issues of what things will make me happy and what I need to purchase is that is that wisdom. That's a dangerous idea. And you know what? It's being fed to us in our children all the time because we all would love to believe the fairy tale.
Speaker 3:
23:20
Yeah.
Speaker 1:
23:21
And we can just let it go. But you know you can't. Right. I know I can get, I tried and I can't. Well, maybe you bought into one of those lies and like me, and maybe you're at the point of your life where you're just exhausted and so you're just sort of think, well, I guess I'll spend the rest of my life just being discontent and I'll just kind of try to make it through. Or maybe you're bought into one of the fairy tales and if I could have more money or if I could have less things are off, I could just call upon the power from within. And, and what I find at this point in my life is all that's just sort of exhausting. I'm just like, whoa. What? Paul isn't just saying, he has an idea. Paul was actually saying he has found a path to contentment. He says, I rejoice greatly in the Lord. That last you renewed your concern for me. I'm not saying this because I'm in need. Watch this. I have learned to be content whenever things are going great. Do you see why this is so powerful?
Speaker 3:
24:38
Yeah,
Speaker 1:
24:38
I've learned to be content when things are jacked up.
Speaker 3:
24:43
Okay.
Speaker 1:
24:44
That's an incredible truth. And wherever Paul went to school, I want to go there. I want to enlist and roll whatever it is, because he learned to be content. And that leads to the quick key question for me. Women, how did Paul Learn it? When Paul says he knows what it is to have needs and wants, Paul's not lying.
Speaker 3:
25:12
Yeah.
Speaker 1:
25:12
If you read about this, this is Second Corinthians chapter 11. He says this five times I received from the Jews the 40 lashes minus one. Just for clarity. Uh, part of the way the Jewish culture, the religious system punished people that tried to speak against the Jewish religion was they would actually whip their own citizens 39 times. And just so we're clear, solid Cleco a willow branch, you know, this is a whip. I mean this is leaving scars on Paul's back five times. The dude's whipped five times, three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was at rocks thrown at me, I was stolen three times. I was shipwrecked. We mentioned this last week. If you've ever been shipwrecked, don't get on a boat again. Don't do it again. If you do the second time, shame on you. Third time, shame on you. You shouldn't have been on the boat.
Speaker 1:
26:00
The third diamond away. So then he says this, I spent a night and day in the open sea. Can you imagine like right now, even off the coast of South Carolina, right? Sorry, it's shark joke. But anyway, so I don't have that kind of thing just goes off again. Somebody I'm going there next week, don't go in the water. So I have been constantly on the move. I've been in danger from rivers, in danger, from bandits and danger from my own countrymen in danger from gentiles and Jane from politicians. I'm heading that one in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea and in danger from false brothers. Watch this. I have labored and toiled and I've gone without sleep. I have known hunger and thirst and I've often gone without food and I've been cold and naked. That's the dude who I have learned
Speaker 4:
26:44
to be content. There is such a massive disconnect for me between those circumstances and contentment.
Speaker 4:
26:58
I want me and the people. I love to be comfortable, fair. I want our kids never to hurt, never have to experience things that they didn't want to speak your hands. Always get the trophy. I want work to always take care of me. I want the church to always be what I want it to be. But for Paul, prosperity, poverty and power didn't cut it, and so here comes the joy bomb that Paul just drops on the readers. He said, I've learned to be content. The secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Here comes, I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Speaker 3:
27:47
Yeah.
Speaker 4:
27:48
His contentment is found in this confidence of his personal relationship with Jesus. Paul has found contentment somehow in seeking the face of his rabbi, and this is massively important because we will often hear this verse quoted after the team wins, after the athlete wins the fight or whatever, I can do all things to him that gives me strength. Actually the appropriate time to quote this verse in context is right after you've been diagnosed, it's right after the marriage did hit the wall. It's right after your kids are acting out. It's right after you did cave to the addiction. That's the context for these words. It's from this place of dependence for Paul. Jesus isn't just the giver of gifts. Jesus is actually the gift and the gift he always has with him and so what this means is Paul approached all things in his life, good and bad, wealthy and poor, healthy and sick trials and celebrations, all things in his life, not from a position of want or need or desire or dissatisfaction, but Paul approached all things in his life from a heart of gratitude, and this has been rocking my world lately. When I can finally preach this sermon, it's going to be really good, but right now I just have to tell you how I'm processing some of this stuff.
Speaker 4:
29:52
I've been trying to have a perspective of gratitude lately, not just for the incredible good things I have in my life, but also for some of the bad things. I have in my life. Let me get vulnerable with you. Have you ever got in the shower? I bet you wonder where this is going and someone has left, I don't want to say who it is,
Speaker 1:
30:21
that little sliver of soap in the soap dish that is smaller than a breath mint as if that would be enough to shower this particular temple. And then you're trying to shower and you lose it. Now I'm going to stop the story right there, but just let your imagination run if you want to. That happened to me this week. I know. It's a terrible life. The funny part of what you're saying is I'm trying to say thank you in that moment and I little literally tried this week and then I yelled, where's the all but I tried to say thank you. And they're like, when I'm mowing the grass this couple weeks ago and there's this uh, monographs and there's this huge hole and I don't if you're like me, but I know the hole's there. I've molded for two years. I hit the hole every time. I never think to fill the hole. I keep hitting it and so I hit the whole thought a word I shouldn't be saying. And then I tried to say
Speaker 4:
31:25
thank you. I know that sounds crazy and it has it just been little things like that. It's been bigger things, kids going through something that I wish they didn't have to go through. And I've been trying to have a perspective of gratitude about even that trusting that my rabbi has me and my circumstances. And so it doesn't matter if I have a full bar of soap or part of our borrowers soap, if I'm mourning smooth grass or I've just hit the hole. If I'm healthy or I'm sick, if I'm wealthy or I'm poor, come with me. I have Jesus.
Speaker 3:
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Yeah.
Speaker 4:
32:14
And so I've been learning to be thankful because I have Jesus and learning to need nothing else. I'm not saying I'm there, but I'm saying I'm trying. What would it be like for me to truly live as if Jesus is enough? How would that impact me as a husband, as a father, as your employee, as a pastor? How would it impact my inner world if I didn't worry about the inner dynamic of angsty or worry or loss of control because Jesus was enough and I needed nothing else. Ronald role Heizer and shattered Langton wrote these words to be a saint is to be motivated by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less. And then he said, gratitude is the root of all virtue and that's my challenge to you this week. Try to be thankful for everything. It will be hilarious at times, but will also change you. Let me show you how this played out for Paul. Philippians four don't be anxious about anything. Anybody read that and like I stink. Don't be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer, petition, thanksgiving. Why did he say those three words? I think it's because this is how you look. Jesus in the face.
Speaker 3:
34:22
Yeah,
Speaker 4:
34:22
the prayer petition with Thanksgiving. Present your request to God and then what? Well, the piece that's you're so desperate for that, you'll actually watch a fairy tale and hope it to be true. The peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ. Jesus. I think gratitude is the difference between a horse and a saint. I think gratitude is part of the pathway to contentment. Jesus knows that everything's getting ready to be finished and he knows he's going to head into a season. And the people that follow him,
Speaker 3:
35:22
okay,
Speaker 4:
35:33
when they're not going to have a clue what's going on and contentment is gonna be part of them at all. They're going to see death and suffering.
Speaker 4:
35:44
And so he has them all in this room and he takes the bread off the table and he breaks the bread and he says, Hey, um, I want you to eat this bread and whenever you do it, I want you to remember me that I was broken for you, which made no sense to be honest in that moment. And the disciples say, oh, okay. And then he grabs the wines and another table and he says, and take and drink this. This is my blood that has been poured out for you. Drink it in remembrance of me. And it didn't really dawn on me until going through this process over the last couple of weeks, that communion. Is there a reminder to be grateful? It's this reminder for us to stop asking for the redemption of Jesus, the grace of Jesus, the forgiveness of Jesus, the wisdom of Jesus, and start being thankful for Jesus. Just be thankful for Jesus. And he's always with you, always with you, even when you're scared, even when you're anxious, even when you're hurting or when you're shipwrecked and lost at sea for a day and a night,
Speaker 4:
37:15
he's enough. So be thankful for Jesus. So we're going to do that and go by those who are sitting with communities. You just go ahead and come on up. That'd be great. And so here's what this is going to happen is people will actually serve you in your seats and so you can just stay seated where you are and we'll pass these baskets in front of you. And I'm in the baskets is a bread and grape and these are just kind of ways for us to remember to be thankful. And so you stay seated, you grab bread, you grabbed grape if you needed the gluten free option, there's a glass in the middle for you for that. And when you're ready and your heart is full of gratitude, take and eat and remember, Lord, I pray now that you would use these elements as a means of grace for all of us. Make this body of believers a grateful gratitude, filled, thankful, filled body of people not for what you do for us, Lord, but for the fact that we can be with you in the shower or on the lawn mower and the hospital or at hospice, we can be with you and Lord, all those other things you give like two Leatherman's like a nice house
Speaker 5:
38:36
car that runs children that love us. All those other things are just more blessing, but you, you're the source of contentment. Use these elements for your good and your glory in your name. Amen.