This resource is part of a series of interactive, intergenerational ideas for engaging people in faith practices through worship and/or midweek gatherings, brought to you by Worship Ministries and Faith Formation Ministries as part of the Faith Practices Project.
Celebrating life is not a party but an ongoing awareness that every moment is special and asks to be recognized as a blessing from on high.—Henri Nouwen
The daily faith practice of “celebration” is a wonderful way to live deeply into the above idea from Henri Nouwen. As we take time each day to celebrate where God is at work and where we find gratitude, celebration becomes a posture that can sustain us through both good times and bad. It’s not a naive celebration, but one that recognizes that God has and will continue to remain faithful—that prompts us to rejoice.
As we considered the best way to do this in the context of corporate worship, the idea of celebrating life from start to finish, re-telling God’s ongoing story from start to present and using time to shape this service seemed fitting. There is much to celebrate in God’s story and much to celebrate in how God is involving us in this story.
This service is a bit more like a “Lessons and Carols” style service which means there’s lots of flexibility for plugging in pieces where they fit and coming up with your own based on your own context. Consider hanging banners or some kind of visual that represents every season of the church year. Let’s tell the story!