At the Saturday Oasis this past weekend we were encouraged to move more fully into the power of a grateful heart, mind, and attitude. From Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts”, we heard about three benefits of gratitude.
The first benefit of gratitude is it unwraps the gifts God has already given. There are some very regular, ordinary things which happen in our lives that can bring us a lot of enjoyment, especially when we look for them and take time to give thanks. It could be a beautiful sunset, the smell of cookies baking, the steady breathing of a child asleep, the sound of a bird chirping. When you make the choice to look for these small details in life and savor them, you are showing your appreciation to God for the details he has put into making your life a beautiful thing.
Make it a goal to start writing them down.
A second benefit of gratitude is it helps us to die to self. When we choose to look for things to be grateful to God for we then take our thoughts off of ourselves and the things which bring discouragement and acknowledge that whatever God gives us is enough and more then satisfying. It is our way of saying yes to God and no to our own self centered and fleshly desires.
A third benefit of gratitude is that it gives way to greater things. Jesus gave thanks to God the Father right before he raised Lazarus from the dead (Jon 11:41), in the midst of facing the unfaithfulness of his disciples (Matthew 11:25), and just before he was to be arrested and crucified he instituted the Great Thanksgiving known as the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26). When one of the ten lepers returned to Jesus to thank him for his healing Jesus pronounced him as being saved (Luke 17:19).
“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23
The Children’s Ministry team is looking for some additional teachers for Sunday mornings. By helping plant faith in the children of our church family, you will find that serving others moves you closer to God. If you would be interested in teaching a class, please notify Neva VerHelst.
The Messy Grace study will be offered in a four week study starting April 19. It will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the church through May 10. The books are available at the church for $10.
Dates for April
This is the last week for Wednesday Renew
Youth Group continues to meet on Wednesdays through May
Good Friday Service April 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Baptism Sunday April 23 at both services
Membership Class April 30 and May 7
PCC Church Softball Co-ed Team
If you would be interested in finding our more or in being involved this summer, please reply to this email and we will be in touch.
Doers of the Word for April
River City House of Prayer
Pastor Jim and Mary Hermanson have pioneered
They hold daily prayer from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and hold the prayer time at Praise CC in the North Room. Anyone is welcome to join in with the prayer times which feature a different focus of prayer each day. You can learn more at their website: http://www.rivercityhop.org