10/30/2020
By Rev. Dr. Dave deFreese

Reverend Dave deFreese has been writing devotions for the Mosaic staff during the pandemic. We would like to share a recent devotion with you in hopes of bringing you encouragement.

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things ... and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

10/21/2020
Thank you for your ministry! We know these are unusual times and that many churches are still not gathering together for worship. We’d like to hear from you on what is working for you and your Rejoicing Spirits services during this pandemic.

Are you currently holding your services online or have you found another creative way to continue Rejoicing Spirits?

If you have developed worship guides or resources for an online service, would you be willing to share with others?

10/11/2020
October is Clergy Appreciation Month and Mosaic’s theme is Thank you for lifting us up! Take the time to extend a thank you to your clergy for all they do for your congregation along with their support of Rejoicing Spirits. We invite you to say prayer for pastors today for Clergy Appreciation Sunday:
02/17/2020

By Rev. Dr. Dave deFreese

As we begin a new year, let me offer an unusual blessing: “May God grant you the gift of holy discontent in the year ahead!”

Why in the world would anyone wish that, especially for someone they care for? Because it is a gift. To have holy discontent is to see need and to respond with hope. Holy discontent causes us to be fully alive to the struggles around us and to be motivated to make a change that is for the good. When we recognize injustice, God uses holy discontent to make the world we share better.

02/17/2020

It is bittersweet to acknowledge that our partner, Rev. Dr. Jim Fruehling is stepping away from full-time service to Mosaic and Rejoicing Spirits. He has been instrumental in the work of Rejoicing Spirits since Mosaic took on the responsibility from Susan Crawford and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Exon, Pennsylvania.

02/17/2020

Redeemer Lutheran Church | Salina, Kansas

Our first Rejoicing Spirits service was incredible! We had 60 people attend. The rejoicers helped with the greeting in the parking lot, served as ushers, collected the offering (cards to God), played a special song on the saxophone, sang and used shaker instruments, and said the table prayer. After a taco lunch, a variety of games were played. The day before the service we were interviewed by the Salina Journal and it made the front page! God truly blessed and guided us on this journey.

08/15/2019

We have updated the Rejoicing Spirits materials to reflect some changes at Mosaic and to make it easier for prospective congregations to navigate our materials. Resources for congregations are now divided into two sections:

  • Step 1: Introduction to Rejoicing Spirits Ministry
  • Step 2: How to Start a Rejoicing Spirits Ministry

Next to come will be updates to the Rejoicing Spirits Host Site website—we will update you on the progress!

08/15/2019

Submitted by Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jonestown, PA

Zion’s Jonestown, Pennsylvania has been hosting Rejoicing Spirits for almost 10 years!

One of the most exciting parts of this ministry is when we spread the word and new people start coming, enjoying the service and making more friends.

08/13/2019

By Pastor Jim Fruehling

Warm greetings, Rejoicers!

This year in many of our congregations, the Gospel lessons for Sundays are taken from Luke. Luke has given us a number of unique stories, including, for example, the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Luke often tells us about Jesus being in prayer; Luke also tells us often about Jesus being invited to dinner. Perhaps one of the more well-known dinner stories takes place at the house of Martha, and her sister, Mary.

03/15/2019

By Pastor David deFreese

There are important questions that continually need to be asked as we journey through life responding to our God of grace and our God of mission.

What have you learned? How have you grown?

After serving through Rejoicing Spirits, what have you learned? What insights have you gained about people? About the God who is alive in Jesus, our Christ? About being the Church? About hospitality and the praise of our God?

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