Sunday the Venture Club, K-2nd and Pre-K learn the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. The JYF and MYF are up at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp for their annual Snow Camp (JYF) and Winter Retreat (MYF). The 2's meet as usual :-).
It seems "wilderness" is our theme for the weekend. For the youth, it is a time to get out of our normal routines and remember that we live in our world with sky piercing mountains, and that snow impacts life, despite our best attempts to live in a way that disregards weather. It is a reminder that God is present through all of creation, not just humans, and that creation is not a "tool," but a "partner." What can learn from the wilderness today? Probably playing in the snow with friends, and drinking warm beverages around worship and games will be the primary draw. But if we take a few moments to stop and listen... and watch... and feel... we'll notice that God is bigger than we can imagine, and that life is fuller than we often remember. God be with the JYF and MYF this weekend!
For the children, 5th grade and younger, wilderness is the place where we go to be tested. It is less about fighting the "natural" surroundings, and more about isolating ourselves to wrestle directly with God and our own identity. God is not to be controlled by our desires. God is not to be tested through our whims. God is not to be neglected so we can gain the world. Instead, we are to rest in the assurance that God loves us, all the time, and that nothing compares to the Deep Divine - not even all the gold, power and people in the world! Not sure all of that will sink in for all our children in one Sunday, but I'm not quite sure it's deep enough in my soul yet either. May we keep learning lessons to live by with Jesus the rest of this Winter and Spring!
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.