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Youth Ministry News

April Update

The theme for our youth program this year has been PEACE. It was based on this summer’s Montreat Youth Conference ‘A Missing Peace.’ In Sunday School and youth group we’ve looked at scripture that references peace. We’ve explored what it means to be a peacemaker based on our own spiritual gifts. We’ve performed service projects bringing peace to others through food and prayer. We’ve even decorated peace signs to hang in The PIT.

And still, I struggle with how to best help our youth to answer the question for themselves of what it means to be a peacemaker in today’s world.

Today as I write this newsletter article, tens of thousands, possibly more, young people are staging a national school walk-out on the one month anniversary of the Parkland shooting. Next week, there is a planned march against gun violence. In this last year alone our youth have experienced losses through suicide and sudden death that would have any of us questioning, where is the peace? And yet, there is hope.

Our young people are filled with an understanding of peace that we can all learn from. Join us on Sunday, April 29 as they lead us in Youth Sunday during both worship services, based on Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

I leave you with lyrics from this summer’s theme song, “The Missing Peace,” co-written by Sam Burchfield, a UGA graduate. May the peace of Christ be with you…

We were broken by our selfishness
And burdened by our shame
But You overwhelmed the walls of sin
And made us whole again

Oh God you call us sons
And daughters of the Holy One

It’s time we raise our heads up
Good news is what we sing
Right now the world is a mess, but
We share the peace that your Spirit brings
The missing peace that your Spirit brings

We’re divided by the fires of war
And frightened by the flames
But You fill us with Your boldness Lord
Like Your child in the lion’s cage

Oh God You never leave
Even in the raging seas

It’s time, we raise our heads up
Good news is what we sing
Right now the world is a mess, but
We share the peace that your Spirit brings
The missing peace that your Spirit brings

Oh God we share Your peace
Even in the raging seas
Oh God we share Your peace
Even in our unbelief
Oh God we share Your peace
Even in the suffering
Oh God we share Your peace

Kim Ness, Director of Youth Ministries

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