John 15:  1-11; Philippians  4: 1-7

C.S. Lewis wrote his autobiography which he called, “Surprised By Joy.” If you or I ever write the story of our lives I hope we might use the same title. Think of this:  Jesus said he came to earth that his joy might be in us and that our joy may be full.  On the last Sunday of 2017 we will think about what joy is, how we can have it and do we have a right to it.   

This is Rev. Jim Middleton’s last sermon as he retires from active ministry.