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We Shout for Joy!

“Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth!” Psalm 100:1

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:23

When was the last time you shouted? 

Maybe your kids (or your grandkids) were about to run into the house with muddy shoes. And you shouted: “Stop! Take off those shoes!” 

Maybe you were having an argument and things got a little heated — and you really wanted to make your point and so you raised your voice and you shouted.

Maybe you were at a ball game and a home run was hit to win the game. There’s nothing like you
and 45,000 other people all shouting together. Or better yet, when there’s a World Series victory.
There’s a little shouting then, right? (Just wait ‘til the Cubs win a World Series — you’ll be hearing some shouting from the Laesch house, I tell you!)

When was the last time you shouted?

Isn’t it true that we usually save our biggest voice for those big moments in life? Moments when
things take place that are important or exciting or significant? 

This is a big moment in the life of this beautiful family called Chapel of the Cross - Lutheran. We have so much for which to give thanks in this anniversary year. We have so much for which to praise our God. So what do we do at this big and exciting and important and significant milestone as we celebrate 50 years of mission and ministry? Listen to the Psalmist: 

“Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth!”

We shout for joy. We worship Him with happy hearts. We sing His praise and His glory. And why do we do it? Because our great God has chosen to work His wonders in and among us for half a century. God has pronounced His love and His grace and His forgiveness. God has worked through hundreds of baptisms. God has blessed and forgiven through the sip of wine and piece of bread, Christ’s body and blood, at the altar. God has made His presence known at funerals and weddings, in hospital
rooms and cemeteries, at picnics and softball games, in meetings and at gatherings.

In other words — because our God has been so very faithful to His church — to you and to me. Great is Thy faithfulness! It’s the theme of our anniversary year. It’s the reason we worship and sing and praise and thank — and shout.

Shout for joy to the Lord, Chapel of the Cross — for great is God’s faithfulness!