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An Elevator Full of Joy

His reputation preceded him. The day I entered a Midtown Manhattan elevator with Tony Campolo, an unconventional humorous sociologist from Philadelphia, I didn't know what to expect. The elevator was filled with serious-minded business people. Wearing his famous big smile and sounding his large baritone voice, Professor Campolo turned and said: "Joy is the heartbeat of life! And since we're going to be traveling together for quite a while, what do you say we sing?" Imagine: complete strangers in a Midtown elevator on a fall afternoon reaching the 10th floor singing "Joyful, joyful we adore thee."

Now and then something happens that shakes people out of their mundane existence and introduces them to a joy that springs forth in everyday life. We pray to have a few those occasions this coming season.

There are many signs of joy and new life as we begin a fall schedule of mission and ministry at Holy Innocents Church. We are preparing occasions of worship, formation, programs for children and youth, midweek book and bible studies, opportunities for outreach and special events, including Homecoming on September 24 and the Blessing of the Animals on October 1.

Please make an extra effort to join us a week from tomorrow on September 10 as we begin our fall schedule of services (we return to 9 and 11:15am) and begin a new series of Sunday formation for children, youth and adults at 10am.

At the end of his classic book, "Orthodoxy," G.K. Chesterton exclaimed: "Joy is the uproarious labour by which all things live." As Tony Campolo said, "We're going to be traveling together for quite a while, what do you say we sing? Joyful, joyful, we adore thee."

Indeed!

Bob Dannals

Comments (1)

Karen on Sep 5, 2017 1:49pm

I love this reminder that joy is a choice! Thanks, Bob.

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