By Amity Lantz-Trier
I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is. I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. God’s power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen.
Ephesians 3:19-21 CEV
We are bound. Bound by our sin, by the expectations of others, by poverty, by -isms that try to divide us, and by so much more. In a life that often feels as if it has young people in a suffocating grip, we want them to imagine the boundlessness of God: boundless love, boundless creation, boundless forgiveness, boundless invitation, boundless promise. All offered from a gracious and loving God who knows and adores them. All so abundant and endless it cannot be measured.
What are the stories of God’s people, both in Scripture and modern-day, that share the awe and wonder of just how vast our God is? What does it mean, what does it look and feel like to live a life “filled with all that God is”? How can young people find themselves within the boundlessness of Christ’s love?
from ELCA Youth Gathering
The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering is taking place in our hometown! This July around 30,000 ELCA high-school youth and their adult leaders will gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center for 5 spirit-filled days of learning about God’s boundless love, creation, forgiveness, invitation and promise. The youth will experience interactive learning, worship, bible study, service and fellowship as they grow in their faith surrounded by their peers.
An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that brings together, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.
We are excited to be sending a group of our youth to both the MYLE pre-gathering event and to the gathering itself!
You may be asking yourself, “How can I help?” Here are two possibilities:
We are so excited to have the ELCA youth gathering in our backyard and can’t wait to experience what God has in store for us this summer!
Director of Youth and Family Faith Formation