2023’s theme is: Say it Again!
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
In scripture when something is important the author will often say it again. In Philippians we see this as Paul wants to make sure we hear, “Rejoice!” This practice of saying it again is found all through scripture, the creation account is told twice from two perspectives. The Gospels of Jesus is told four times from four perspectives and then echoed through all of scripture! Important phrases are said again and vital themes are said, then said again and again and again.
This year at Rochester Servant Event we are going to explore Philippians 4:4-9. There is so much in these 6 verses that needs to be said and then said again. “Rejoice” is just one of them! As we participate in worship and devotion time and hear God speak to us again and again. As His Word claims us, forgives us, and sends us out, each of us are called to and daily given chances to, “Say it Again” to the world and all those we meet.
Through Words. Through Action. Through Prayer. We get to Say it Again!