When you have something to celebrate, what do you do? The dictionary says we should “acknowledge it with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.” Let me add some color to the definition from celebrations I’ve observed:

  • The THUMP, THUMP, THUMP of the bass cascaded through my walls from the music of the party next door. Flashing lights flooded my windows attempting to outdo the sound of the exclamations of merriment. Celebration is expressive.
  • Three hundred potted sunflower plants in full bloom and six feet high turned a church gym into our wedding reception. Celebration is cause for abundance.
  • A simple dining room bursts with vibrant colors from streamers, balloons, confetti, hats, and a banner with a number on it. Celebration should bring out extravagance.

With respect to the dictionary, celebrating isn't just acknowledging, it is doing so with expression, abundance, extravagance and much more. Ephesians 1:3-6 says we are “Called to Celebrate the Father’s Choosing." Once you see what we are called to celebrate, you won’t have to manufacture the happiness necessary for celebration.

You are invited to the celebration this Sunday. Here's the worship set to help you prepare your heart.


Nate Newell
Pastor of Ministry & Mission Development