Jesus is always a reason to Celebrate. He has risen from the dead, he is reigning at the right hand of God and he is coming back to bring the party at the end of all time. In the struggles of life sometimes we forget that we are waiting for the party. No matter how difficult life may become, we are here on earth to pre-game, or celebrate the pre-party until Jesus returns. In that day we know that our struggles and sorrows will fall away completely.

Celebration is our response to a God who fills our lives with Joy.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

At VBS K-5 2024 we get to celebrate God with our little ones ALL week!

June 2: Celebrate through Generations

Watch a child open a present. You might see them shaking with excitement and anticipation. You will probably see a smile that the child can’t hold back if they tried. You might hear squeals of delight, giggling, or maybe even dancing. They don’t worry about who will judge their response. The joy just comes out of them. Children know how to celebrate. This is one of the gifts of vacation bible school. When these children meet Jesus they meet someone who doesn’t promise a moment of joy, but an eternal life of joy with him. This week at vacation bible school St. Luke’s introduces children to Jesus again, but we also learn from these children to celebrate our God. Look around you and watch how children are celebrating in worship, and throughout the week. Celebrate God as fearlessly as a child.

Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength …Psalm 8:2

June 9: Celebrate in the Struggle

But what if I don’t feel like celebrating? It happens. Sometimes the circumstances of life get us down. Through the treatments, the strain on our relationships, or the strain on our work life we don’t always want to rejoice. But Scripture never tells us to rejoice in our circumstances. It challenges us to rejoice in our Lord and his promises. What struggle are you going through this week? You don’t need to praise God for the struggle, but maybe you could praise him in the middle of it. I think you will be surprised by how it might change your perspective. His promises are still true. The party is still coming. Make time to celebrate in the struggle this week.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say- rejoice!  Philippians 4:4

Our sister Megan celebrating with her munchkin despite a slow recovery from brain surgery.