Happy Fall everyone!
It’s here, whether we like it or not. I had to shut the windows and fire up the furnace at my house last night. But before I make too much of the weather, let me assure you, I love this time of year. Fall colors, apples and pumpkins, new school supplies, windswept skies, bonfires, cozy evenings at home with soup and a hot drink, I look forward to this time of year for so many reasons.
And since joining the team here at Minnetonka in Fall 2012, I have enjoyed this season for additional reasons. Like kicking off the Minnetonka Youth Group activities, meeting with small groups, connecting with students at MCA, welcoming 7th graders into The Filling Sabbath School, among other things.
As my third fall as youth pastor begins, my feelings are no different. I am looking forward to a jam-packed year of youth activities and events, and can’t wait to hang out with you all. Because that’s what it’s about in the end, right? Relationships, friendships, connections. With each other, our families, neighbors, people we meet at service events, but most of all, with him.
The One who says, “Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in and we will share a meal as friends” (Rev. 3:20, NLT).
Friends. Us…and Jesus.
Think about the people with whom you generally share meals. Your parents, siblings, old friends, new friends, church members, your girlfriend or boyfriend. Maybe a stranger or two. But I think we can agree we tend to want to have a meal with people we like, have a connection with, or those we want to know and understand more deeply.
And Revelation records that Jesus wants to share a meal with us. As friends. He wants to know us, spend time with us, develop a connection with each one of us, individually. All we have to do is open the door.
When you hear a knock at the door, what’s the first thing you ask?
“Who is it?”
That’s the question that forms the basis of this year’s Youth Group theme. Over the next nine months, we will explore, through Bible study at The Filling Sabbath School, service events, social gatherings, small group meetings, and training conferences, who Jesus really is and how we can each know Him.
It is my prayer that throughout this year you will learn what it means for you to share a meal with Jesus as your friend, and that, as Paul writes in Ephesians 3:17 & 19, “Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him” and that you will “experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.”
As we gear up for our first youth gathering of the season this weekend, here are some useful pieces of information and links to guide your plans:
This Saturday, September 13, 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. in the Youth Room: Movie Night. Snacks provided. We will be watching The Avengers. For a Christian review of this movie, click here: http://www.pluggedin.com/videos/2012/q3/avengers.aspx