Practice Joy: We usually think of joy as a feeling, a response to something we experience. Scripture, however, invites us to experience joy as more than a passive response; instead, we practice joy as a faithful choice. Joy is something that we experience, something we savor, and something that is gifted to us by a loving and merciful God. While we experience joy individually, it is also a communal practice, one that is experienced in different ways by all God’s people. Use the Practice Joy unit to explore this faithful choice in greater detail with your congregation. Congregational Guide. The Congregational Guide provides materials for the pastor, educator, and church leaders to connect the practice with congregational worship and life.