First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and thanksgivings should be made for everyone,
for kings and all who are in high positions,
so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
We had a thoughtful and spirit-filled night at EYC this past Sunday. As a springboard to discussion, we watch several videos: Kid President, Martin Luther King, Jr., and listened to “My Shot/Rise Up” from the Broadway musical Hamilton. We spent a lot of time in small group discussions pulling together the themes from these and putting those themes in context of the upcoming inauguration. In “My Shot”, Alexander Hamilton sings (raps) that he is going to take his shot to help start the American Revolution. I want to share some of the youth’s thoughts on what they would “rise up” for:
- Solving racial problems
- Help the people who aren’t able to speak for themselves
- Peaceful protest
- Against discrimination
- Against injustice
- Accepting people who are different
- Fixing family, friends, my country, and community
We also discussed the issue of praying for the president since Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a statement on this topic last week. I encourage you to read his statement, found at http://tinyurl.com/hg9g832. The youth said they would be praying for wise leaders and good advisors to the president, fewer tweets, more thinking before tweeting, acceptance of all people, and reconciliation for our nation. Again, wow.
Here are links to the videos we watched in case you want to do some thinking and discerning on your own and with your youth:
Here the youth news for the week:
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
- Sunday School: The lesson Sunday is entitled “Setting Priorities: Where is Your Treasure?” Middle School meets in the Youth Wing (go straight there, snacks are provided) and High School meets in Room 10.
- EYC Sunday 4-6 pm: Come join us for some crazy EYC-style bowling at Buffalo Lanes along with the Pre-EYC kids. Please note the different time. Drop off and pickup is at Buffalo Lanes (151 High House Rd, Cary). There will be no dinner there, though you can buy snacks. Bowling will cost around $12 ($4/game and $3.25 shoe rental). Please let me know you are coming by Friday so we can reserve enough lanes (Leah.Dail@stpaulscary.org).
- Murder Mystery Play Rehearsal Sunday 6-8 pm: We’ll meet in the Youth Wing to get rehearsals going. Bring your script.
- Jazz Mass at St. Ambrose: This is being rescheduled. More information later
- Kanuga Snowtubing Trip 1/27-29: We are going back to Kanuga and Moonshine Mountain to snowtube. This was a great trip last year. There are a few spaces available, so if you want to join us, let me know.
- Bishop’s Ball 2/17-19: Registration is already open and the spots will fill up, so go ahead and sign up now: http://www.dionc.org/digital_faith/events/3169952. This is a wonderful Diocesan event with workshops, games, music, a Stop Hunger Now service project, and the big dance. All our Bishops, plus the candidates for Bishop (including our Father George!!) will be there. Scholarships are available. Please don’t miss this event!
- Meal Signups: http://tinyurl.com/j3mtct5
I hope to see you Sunday for Formation classes and bowling!
Youth Program Coordinator