15 Years Rejoicing!

In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis writes: “Satan hates when the Church celebrates.”

When the people of God rejoice and commemorate their gratitude, they are invigorated and empowered.

This month is extra special for our Rejoicing Spirits team at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania.

Why is it so special? It marks the 15th anniversary of Rejoicing Spirits. 

Rejoicing Spirits began when a group of volunteers and staffers at St. Paul’s gathered together around a shared vision of an adaptive worship service to provide people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to worship in a 'shush-free' environment.

Today, Rejoicing Spirits is proud to include 52 worshiping communities across 18 states.

When our lives are too difficult and harsh, Rejoicing Spirits is a refuge of hope and wonderment. While others may allow disappointment and fear to overcome, we are different. 

In worship, we gather to appreciate once again that God is present, active and loving, and that we have been called to be a people of compassion and joy. Forgiveness is voiced and grace abounds!

In doing so, God is celebrated and honored.

In fellowship, we realize anew how good it is to travel this life together, that we were designed to live in community. Support is given, care expressed and we are re-affirmed. We need to marvel and observe how wonderful this all is!

In doing so, God is celebrated and honored.

I implore you to find new gifts from God to celebrate each time you gather. Celebrate the folks who come to Rejoicing Spirits, those who give their time to make it happen, the caregivers and direct support staff, the musicians and cookie bakers, the greeters and helpers, any and all.

In doing so, God is celebrated and honored.

Celebrate the anniversaries, the special accomplishments, the abilities that are shared, the days of sunshine and rain, prayers that have been lifted and answered.

In doing so, God is celebrated and honored.

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