The stern-faced gentleman stood behind the woman in the supermarket check-out. She glanced at him – he was well dressed, but very grim looking. At last she couldn’t restrain herself any longer. “Excuse me, do you happen to be a minister?” “’No, I’m not”, he replied “I’ve just been sick for a couple of weeks.”
So often not only are Christians perceived as being stern and joyless, but they actually act that way. As someone once said, too many Christians look like they’ve been baptised in lemon juice. People think “You can’t have any fun if you’re a Christian, life is too serious.”
Many think that, but that’s certainly not the emphasis of the Bible. The wonder of being a Christian is that we don’t have to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. Our confidence in the power and love of God can bring us a joy that other joys can’t match. The joy we’re talking about is not just happiness, but also a contentment and pleasure in knowing that whatever happens, God promises to work for our good.
The theme for our Ukulele service today is Joy. We want to celebrate the joy we have in Jesus in all the fun of a ukulele jam. We welcome visitors from all over and we’re very glad to host this special event. May you know the joy we can have in knowing the love of God for his people.
We have everything to rejoice in as God’s people: God’s goodness to us, His plans for us, His promises to us. The Bible says: “A joyful heart is good medicine, a cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:13). So as you gather with us today, may you enjoy a good dose of that medicine, a healthy portion of that feast.
Ray Robinson (Bulletin 10/2/2019).