Evening Services 6.30pm
Philippians - the Epistle of Joy
Evening services from Trinity Sunday to the end of July 2013
One wouldn’t expect a letter from prison to be filled with joyous
thoughts. Being chained to a prison guard for 24-hours a day does not
exactly sound like a great time, but the Apostle Paul, in his letter
to the Philippians gives us an entirely new definition of life.
Philippians is the most consistently affectionate of Paul's letters.
Philippi was the capital of ancient Macedonia, in northern Greece.
According to Acts 16, it was the first city in Europe in which Paul
founded a Christ-community after leaving Asia Minor in the late 40s.
We do not know if he had visited it in the years since, though it
seems likely, given his visits to Macedonia. In any case, his
relationship to the community seems to have been uncomplicated. The
tone of the letter is not only affectionate, but filled with
gratitude. It also contains important and extraordinary passages.
Like Philemon, Philippians was written from a Roman prison, probably
from the same imprisonment in Ephesus in the mid-50s. Unlike in the
closing of Philemon, in which Paul writes that he hopes to be freed,
in his letter he is uncertain about whether his imprisonment might end
This letter, called by many commentators the “Epistle of Joy,”
contains some of Paul’s most inspiring and challenging writing. We
hope you join us as we study this ancient letter and discover together
what it means for the church nearly 2000 years after it was written.
|26 May||Nikki Groarke||Suzanne Roberts||The Epistle of Joy||
|2 Jun||Georgina Maude||John Tasker||Joy in Loneliness||Philippians 1:7-11|
|Chris Newman-Day||Theresa White||Joy in Suffering||Philippians 1:12-18a|
|16 Jun||Nikki Groarke||Mike Dana||Joy in Death||Philippians 1:18b-30||
|23 Jun||John Wilson||David Ainger||Joy in Humility||Philippians 2:1-18|
|30 Jun||Nikki Groarke||Basil Woodd-Walker||Joy in Parting||Philippians 2:19-30||
|7 Jul||Chris Newman-Day||Nikki Groarke||Joy in Loss||Philippians 3:1-16|
|14 Jul||Margaret Evans||Stuart Evans||Joy in Waiting||Philippians 3:17-4:3||
|21 Jul||Chris Newman-Day||John Wilson||Joy in Anxiety||Philippians 4:4-9|
|28 Jul||Stuart Evans||Joy Faulkner||Joy in Poverty||Philippians 4:10-23|