Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

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sharing light with the congregation

What came into being
    through the Word was life,
    and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light
 – John 1:4-5

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youth leading singing

This morning I have the impossible task of reducing yesterday’s “Youth Sunday at WFPC” (two full worship services) to a manageable number of anecdotes and photographs. I promise to back off on the words, but there’s a distinct possibility I’ll put as many as 50 pictures in the slide show.

(note: if you’re a youth, a parent, or a youth leader, let me know the images you want, and I’ll email you full-sized versions.)

The thing about Youth Sunday is not so much the eloquence of the messages shared (all of our young people were inspirational), or the quality of the music (the band and the singers are most excellent), or the creativity of how all the elements worked together (they did a great job); but who they are. What’s really wonderful, and what works, is youth being youth….

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signing the Lord’s Prayer

What made yesterday’s Youth Sunday such a powerful experience for everyone involved, is the simple fact of the presence of so many young people who love God and who are committed to following Jesus.

the simple fact of the presence of so many young people who love God and who are committed to following Jesus.

Simply put, kids who grow up in WFPC grow up with the kind of excitement and passion for their faith that also encourages the rest of us to grow with more intention, to believe with more joy, to serve with more love, and to move forward with more hope.

  • to grow with more intention,
  • to believe with more joy,
  • to serve with more love,
  • to move forward with more hope…
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Time with young disciples

The theme for the morning was, “Go Light Your World!” The testimonies – from five of our graduating seniors – weren’t about blind, unquestioning faith, but of a growing relationship with Jesus that isn’t afraid to ask hard questions – a faith that thrives in the light.

Rebekah and I are so thrilled to be part of a church family that represents such a broad demographic, a place where we not only teach our young people, but a place where they also teach us.

So, good friends, go light your world!

DSC_0025What came into being
    through the Word was life,
    and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light
. – John 1:4-5

Peace and love – DEREK

Here is the complete photo selection!

 

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