JoyLink: June 18, 2017

What do we do when we are faced with unspeakable circumstances? How might we respond when life throws far too many trials our way? Putting one foot in front of the other seems like an impossible task when everything feels as if it is falling apart. Together, we will learn what it means to choose to see the goodness of God, to choose to find joy, hope, and love during challenging times. Join this Sunday as we discover what God is trying to show us amid our own heartache, grief, sadness, and sorrow. 

Genesis 50:16-24  The Message (MSG)

16-17 So they sent Joseph a message, “Before his death, your father gave this command: Tell Joseph, ‘Forgive your brothers’ sin—all that wrongdoing. They did treat you very badly.’ Will you do it? Will you forgive the sins of the servants of your father’s God?”

When Joseph received their message, he wept.

18 Then the brothers went in person to him, threw themselves on the ground before him and said, “We’ll be your slaves.”

19-21 Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid. Do I act for God? Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children.” He reassured them, speaking with them heart-to-heart.

22-23 Joseph continued to live in Egypt with his father’s family. Joseph lived 110 years. He lived to see Ephraim’s sons into the third generation. The sons of Makir, Manasseh’s son, were also recognized as Joseph’s.

24 At the end, Joseph said to his brothers, “I am ready to die. God will most certainly pay you a visit and take you out of this land and back to the land he so solemnly promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Génesis 50:16-24 Dios Habla Hoy (DHH)

16 Entonces le mandaron a decir: «Antes de que tu padre muriera, nos ordenó17 que te dijéramos: “Por favor, te pido que perdones la maldad y pecado de tus hermanos, que tan mal te trataron.” Por eso te rogamos que perdones nuestra maldad, pues somos siervos del Dios de tu padre.»

Mientras los mensajeros le daban este mensaje, José lloraba. 18 Entonces llegaron sus propios hermanos, se inclinaron delante de él hasta tocar el suelo con la frente, y le dijeron:

—Aquí nos tienes. Somos tus esclavos.

19 Pero José les contestó:

—No tengan miedo. Yo no puedo ponerme en lugar de Dios. 20 Ustedes pensaron hacerme mal, pero Dios cambió ese mal en bien para hacer lo que hoy vemos: para salvar la vida de mucha gente. 21 Así que no tengan miedo. Yo les daré de comer a ustedes y a sus hijos.

Así José los tranquilizó, pues les habló con mucho cariño.

Muerte de José

22 José y la familia de su padre siguieron viviendo en Egipto. José vivió ciento diez años, 23 y llegó a ver a los bisnietos de Efraín. También alcanzó a recibir como miembros de la familia a los hijos de su nieto Maquir, que era hijo de Manasés.

24 Un día José les dijo a sus hermanos: «Me falta poco para morir, pero Dios vendrá a ayudarlos, y los sacará de este país para llevarlos a la tierra que les prometió a Abraham, Isaac y Jacob.»

This Wednesday at 7pm
 As we close on a week of remembrance, we come together to share in an open and safe environment.  This week's Spiritual Transformation will be an open discussion on Pulse related topics.  Join us as we grieve and heal together.   
Next Wednesday, June 21st at 7pm we will resume with
"When I Lay My Isaac Down"
Spiritual Transformation
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Monday, June 19th, 6pm in the programming room
Next Service on Saturday: July 1st 9am
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
7:00 pm -Spiritual Transformation: Pulse related open discussion
7:00 pm - Youth Group - Youth Room

Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:00 pm-Grief Support Group Meeting

Friday, June 16, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017 

Sunday, June 18, 2017 **HAPPY FATHER'S DAY**
9:00 am - Sunday Worship, -- Worship Center
10:45am-Sunday Worship - Worship Center

Monday, June 19, 2017
6:00 pm - Board Meeting - Programming Room
7:00 pm - Faithfully fit

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 
7:00pm - Choir Practice - Worship Center

Wednesday, June 21,  2017
7:00 pm - Spiritual Transformation: "When I lay my Isaac Down" Session 2- Worship Center
7:00 pm - Youth Group - Youth Room