It seems like everywhere I turn lately it is obvious that God is on the move and it is SO exciting to see.
One of the places I witnessed him this past week was at Lutheran Campus Ministries (LCM) of WNY (also known as Organic Campus). First Trinity had the opportunity to partner with this great community by making and serving the meal for the college students before their monthly worship experience. Eight First Trinity members were involved in some way in making the dinner happen (not counting the many of you that I’m sure were praying!). As I left that night, the college students I was talking to were not only thankful for the meal we provided but also the conversation that took place with the First Trinity members. Two FT young adults and I stuck around for worship after the meal and were blessed by the experience.
Some of the other ways I witnessed God on the move were mentioned in a thank you letter we received from Steve, the LCM Pastor, this week. Please read the letter below and pray that God would continue to work through this ministry, and First Trinity’s partnership with them, in amazing ways!
2 February 2012
Dear Friends at First Trinity,
Thank you to Bekah, her crew and all of you at First Trinity for the fantastic dinner last night. We had 23 people and then 19 for worship. The focus of worship was on God still creating in our lives today. Part of the sermon experience was for groups to get together and create a painting of their vision of who God is. All four of those pieces of worship art are hanging in The House and are each wonderful in their own way!
But better than that were the interactions from the Peer Ministers. I watched Katie welcome every single person that walked through the door and engage them in the type of radical hospitality that Jesus modeled… really asking how people were doing.
I watched Nick bring a friend that he met at work three days before and as she broke into tears telling him about a long term relationship break up. He got her dinner and just sat with her in her tears in the back room so she wouldn’t have to go out with everyone else crying or sit in the back room alone.
I watched Jeremiah skip coming up to Communion so he could stay with a new girl that wasn’t comfortable with Communion because she had never seen it before. And he explained what it was and why we celebrate it. (Side note from Bekah not in the letter from Steve: I was in the group next to their table and I think my favorite moment of the night was hearing him explain it and then all of the others at the table sharing the personal significance it had in their own lives.)
I watched Mary Grace sing with the most incredible and haunting voice a version of Holy, Holy, Holy that opened up the concept of the Trinity that young adults could hang on to.
It was awesome… but not because the room was completely full… instead, because God was very easy to see!
Still in One Peace,