It’s back to school time! As I hear talk of fresh haircuts for the kids, back-packs and school supplies; and as I see Sunday School classrooms getting fresh paint, supplies, decorations and curriculum I’m reminded of what a huge blessing it is to nurture grow-ing children! It takes so much time, resources, patience (!) and commitment … but, the results are beautiful!
We can readily see the fruit of all the efforts of parents, schools and our church in the lives of our young people. Not only do we have star students, musicians, artists, and athletes among us, but more importantly we have young people with a growing faith. We saw this demonstrated most profoundly, and movingly in our Youth Led worship service. Our Youth didn’t perform for us, but as Spirit empowered, gifted people they led us in what many said was the “BEST” worship service they had ever attended. That didn’t happen by accident but as Kate Haworth pointed out in her sermon is a result of consistent, faithful participation in the life of this congregation.
Church and Home are the primary places where matters of faith in Christ are taught, nurtured and grown and Kate was spot on to identify the importance of making church, Sunday School and Youth Group a priority. It was in those places where she learned about faith, and how to practice it … lessons that she is now able to live out on her college campus.
Our Youth Led worship service was a most beautiful display of young people who have learned, and are continuing to learn as Evan Cobb powerfully preached, the invaluable importance to be like “Mary,” worshipping at Jesus’ feet.
We are grateful for having our faith challenged and stirred by our Youth. This church has taken the time and effort to be part of nurturing their faith, and in turn we had our faith deepened by them. Thanks to our preachers, and to all of our outstanding wor-ship leaders: Hana Kildall, Sirreea Zimmer, Katie Cobb, Brittney Sofie, Leah Haworth, Adam & Emma Weller, and Gunnar Peterson. We are honored for your leader-ship and for the ways you help nurture our faith.