DetailsImmediately following the ascension of Jesus, the Bible says: So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. Luke 24:52 Filled with great joy!
We gather. We worship the risen Jesus in song, dialogue, offerings, we listen to the Word of God, we pray, we care for one another, and then we do what they did-we return to "our Jerusalem" [our community] with 10,000 minutes during our week to re-present Jesus. We have the opportunity to represent him... with joy.
As Jesus is changing you... he's infusing you with His joy! Not a robotic, forced, fake, masked-joy... but, a genuine, stay-close-to-the-vine joy that comes from God's Spirit at work within you.
And, in the midst of our struggles, God is infusing you with His joy.