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Go . . .

into the world and make disciples!

 
Taken from Matthew 28, this great commission is the charge and theme of the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, taking place next week at Purdue University. Eighteen of the youth from this Presbytery are going, as well as several adult leaders, to partake of the energy, the challenge, and the joy of this triennial gathering.
 
Pray that the Spirit of the Lord would fall mightily upon this event, and that another generation would be encouraged and empowered to follow Jesus more closely, and to call others into discipleship.
 
One news piece I listened to this week reported on how authorities in France are focusing on the detection and prevention of radicalization of youth--youth, in particular. Youth is the season of life with natural vivacity, natural exuberance, and a natural inclination to extremity. It is also the season of shaping, as a few horrific examples of violent extremism have shown. Youth have energy that needs to be guided, and will accept guidance from evil sources if no good ones present themselves.
 
May the Church, filled as it is with wizened hearts and voices, go and make disciples of the youth, guiding its exuberance and extremity into channels of grace and mercy. Pray not only for our youth on their two-day bus ride to West Lafayette, Indiana, but pray also for those who commute to work and find young people there, those who sit across the diner aisle from youthful vivacity, and those who walk past schools filled with energy that needs the guidance of God.
 
Pray that all of us would Go--into the world and make disciples!
 
In Christ with You,
emrys tyler
Cabinet Chair 2016

 

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