Imprisoned, Paul would be without food gifts from outside its walls.
The Philippian church held him in their hearts and shared God’s grace with him in his imprisonment.
Imprisoned, Paul kept focused on sharing the Good News with those around him.
I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel. (Philippians 1:12 NRSV)
Partnered with the Philippians, Paul proclaimed the gospel out of love.
In the midst of his own suffering Paul rejoiced in the One whose love endures.
Let us worship as a true community that loves those like us
and those who are not like us.
those who sin against us
and those who we have sinned against.
Let us remain focused on the journey Christ sets before us.