Summer Celebration

We have been doing lots of celebrating. These last couple of weeks the church celebrated the last Sunday of Easter, the Festival of Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday. My kids are celebrating the end of their school years, and Amy and I are celebrating having them at home for the summer. That’s a whole lot of celebrating! Soon enough, though, the church festival season changes to the many Sundays after Pentecost. The long days of summer can begin to wear on us even with the many activities going on. In short, time wears us down, and we can forget the joy and elation of the festival season. So where do you go to recapture that spirit of celebration? God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, fills us with joy in faith. St. Paul tells us, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13) So where do we seek joy? We seek joy in the continued gifts of the Holy Spirit, and we are filled. There is contentment, peace, and joy in faith. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) So we know where to go to continue the celebration. Where God’s Word is preached and where God’s sacraments are rightly observed there is joy, there is the celebration. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20) Even when Easter is over, and before Advent begins, even in the many Sundays after Pentecost and the dog days of summer we celebrate together with God. Come and celebrate.

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