29 01 2010

Hey guys,

So we are making some changes to our Sundesmos college/young adult ministry this coming year.  Many of you know that we have provided the opportunity for young adults to serve as Ministry Interns that past few summers to give you guys an opportunity to identify some of your gifts and use them.  Because of the current climate of WYM we are switching gears.  Instead of focusing on giving you opportunities for Leadership Development, we’re going to focus on giving you chances to grow spiritually, hopefully away from the drama and conflict of the Yearly Meeting.  So one new thing that you’ll hear more about in the coming month is that we are initiating a Young Adult led worship/fellowship gathering once a month in the Indy area.  We’re calling this gathering Connections and we’ve hired a young adult, Mariya Jones, to lead and coordinate  this gathering.

This is a new adventure.  We’re still working on developing a clear purpose and vision for this gathering and I’m going to give Mariya the opportunity to write some of these devotionals to help direct you guys and share that vision with you all.

I want to ask you all to start praying about Connections right now.  We need to surround this gathering with prayer from the very beginning and I would love it if, leading up to our first Connections gathering in March, this weekly devotional could become a time for you to spend:

*Reflecting on Worship

-what brings you to worship?

-how do you prepare your heart for worship?

-how have you met God individually and corporately in the past?

*Praying About Connections

-Pray for a clear vision and purpose for the planning team.

-Pray for a core group of people willing to covenant to be a part of this gathering and pray for it.

-Pray for the logistics of place, time, and people to all come together

So to start things off, I want to ask you to spend some time this week thinking about worship…think of a time when you felt like you were truly worshipping, you were in God’s presence and you felt that communion in such a real way.  We have a whole book of the bible dedicated to worship.  Spend some time reading a few of the Psalms.  Its there we find a tapestry of emotions offered up in worship…a blend of reverence and anger, of joy and confusion.  What does worship look like?

Sing God a brand-new song! Earth and everyone in it, sing!
Sing to God—worship God!
Shout the news of his victory from sea to sea,
Take the news of his glory to the lost,
News of his wonders to one and all!
For God is great, and worth a thousand Hallelujahs.
His terrible beauty makes the gods look cheap;
Pagan gods are mere tatters and rags.
God made the heavens—
Royal splendor radiates from him,
A powerful beauty sets him apart.
Bravo, God, Bravo!
Everyone join in the great shout: Encore!
In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might.
Bring gifts and celebrate,
Bow before the beauty of God,
Then to your knees—everyone worship!
Get out the message—God Rules!
He put the world on a firm foundation;
He treats everyone fair and square.
Let’s hear it from Sky,
With Earth joining in,
And a huge round of applause from Sea.
Let Wilderness turn cartwheels,
Animals, come dance,
Put every tree of the forest in the choir—
An extravaganza before God as he comes,
As he comes to set everything right on earth,
Set everything right, treat everyone fair.

Psalms 96 (MSG)

Have a great week!  If you’d like to chat with Mariya about our upcoming Connections gatherings she can be found on Facebook at our Connections Facebook group:

or at:

Praying for you!

To the King!



Why Does it Hurt?

21 01 2010

Hey guys,

So it’s been a while since I’ve done a devo, sorry about that. We’ve started a new year and a new semester….new routines and new expectations.  We’ve seen the colossal tragedy in Haiti and asked:


“How does God allow this to happen?” 

“Why so much hurt and pain?”

The answer to those questions may not come easily but the truth is that in all of life…our God fiercely loves His creation.

Tell Me What Hurts You

by Brennan Manning

An old Hasidic rabbi, Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev in the Ukraine , used to say that he discovered the meaning of love from a drunken peasant.  The rabbi was visiting the owner of a tavern in the Polish countryside.  As he walked in, he saw two peasants at a table.  Both were gloriously in their cups.  Arms around each other, they wer protesting how much each loved the other.  Suddenly Ivan said to Peter, “Peter, tell me what hurts me. “  Bleary eyed, Peter looked at Ivan.  “How do I know what hurts you?”  Ivan’s answer was swift: “If you don’t know what hurts me, how can you say you love me?”

Do you know what made Jesus so loving a person, the greatest lover in history?  He knew what hurt us.  He knew then and he knows now – the loves and hates, hopes and fears, the joys and sadnesses of each of us.  This is not pious poetry.  The risen Jesus is not a vague figure in outer space.  His resurrection did not remove him from us; it simply made it possible for him to touch not only Naim but New Orleans , not only Magdalene but me.  Christian living makes no sense unless we believe that at this moment, Jesus knows what hurts us.  Not only knows but, knowing, seeks us out – whatever our kind of poverty or pain, however we weep, wherever we feel unloved.

 Don’t be afraid.
Dear Zion ,
   don’t despair.
Your God is present among you,
   a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
   and delight you with his songs.

Zeph. 3:16-17 (MSG)

 Have a great week!  Praying for you!

 To the King!


 P.S.  Consider coming to our upcoming WYM Winter Retreat.  The theme is “Building Up the Body of Christ.”  Let me know if you’d like to come but can’t afford the $15 registration fee…we can make it happen!