Connections

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:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/group.php?gid=267862603159

or at: msjn111@sbcglobal.net.

Praying for you!

To the King!

Katy

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