Community Updates

Preparing For Worship: Becoming More Like Jesus

Grace Office
September 2, 2022

First Baptist Church, Glenarden, Maryland
“Weeping May Endure For A Night, Joy Cometh In The Morning”

Inmate stands at his door in Arizona maximum security prison.
Source: Matt York/AP

The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
Genesis 40:23 (NIV)

…weeping may stay for the night,
   but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:5 (NIV)

         Note: Sunday worship at 10:15 AM
                   In-person worship and live stream
         
Dear Grace Family,

I was talking with a friend while I was on vacation. It was one of those moments where the conversation naturally flowed into us talking about our experiences with God over the past couple of years.

My friend—who lives in a different city—is experiencing success and is prospering on a number of fronts in his life. In many ways, life is good for him, and I thank God with him.

Interestingly, though, here’s what he said about his current relationship with God:

   I don’t want to let God get too close,
   because I’m afraid of what he might ask me to do.


I loved his honesty. He has seen the Lord put his people through all kinds of difficulties. As one of my mentors puts it, “God is more interested in our long-term holiness than our immediate happiness.” Knowing this to be the case, my friend isn’t ready to open himself up to that kind of experience at the moment.

This week, we continue with the story of Joseph. We will see him faithfully using his gifts, blessing his neighbors by speaking the truth in love, and advocating for justice. We will also see him continuing serve a prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. Furthermore, he is forgotten by his former colleagues who are members of the political elite—serving in one of the most powerful empires in the world at that time. The good life he knows has evaporated like early morning fog.

Yet even as Joseph continues to face injustice on a daily basis, the Lord is with him. Joseph’s story is far from over. As the beautiful African American gospel based on Psalm 30 puts it:

   Weeping may endure through the night,
   But joy cometh up in the morning.


I hope to worship with you on Sunday.

This Sunday: Genesis 40 (NIV)
           "Becoming More Like Jesus”

Here is the Order of Worship.

Warmly in Christ,

John