“Now We Join in Celebration”

“Now We Join in Celebration”

When Christians hear the Word properly preached and take the Sacraments duly administered, they get to the heart of what the church is. By extension, reaching out and serving others complements this basic conviction. The words of this hymn, floating on a lovely melody, summarize well what the people of God are about in liturgy and in life. The celebration in which we join is due to our Savior’s invitation, not our own creation.

Remembering what Christ has done, we share the bread and cup, which are both presence and foretaste. As God’s children we are reconciled to one another and we live for others, serving all—both friends and strangers. As disciples we are called to press for justice, love and mercy until the final day of our Lord’s coming. That’s what this hymn and the people of God are all about. So join the celebration.

Lord, you have called us to sing and serve, to celebrate and anticipate, to care for creation and one another. Fill us with the energy and the Spirit to faithfully be what you have called us to be. Amen.

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