Rise and Renew!
We're so glad that you're joining us for the first full day of Refresh, Restore, Renew 2020! Below you'll find content for our morning meditation, morning message, and evening message. Each piece has corresponding questions for journaling or discussing with your friends and family. Want to join our live video chats? Make sure you're registered to receive Zoom links! Don't forget about 24/7 Prayer and Community Care! Both are vital aspects of the camp experience. Today's Community Care assignment is all about communicating kindness.
Prayer is one of the most important aspects of our spiritual retreat. If the Bible teaching is the "lecture," the prayer time is the "lab" where we work through what we've been learning in communication with God.
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Rev. Tom Albin introduces the day's reading from the Gospel of John. The passage is read several times and Tom welcomes participants to meditate deeply on the words of the Scripture.
See below for today's text, journal prompts, and prayer starters.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Is there a particular word, phrase, or mental image that stands out to you from the reading?
How does the passage resonate with you? Do you have a certain feeling or emotional connection?
Do you feel a call to action? How will you respond to the text?
For this morning's prayer, you're encouraged to pray about something in your own life that may need illumination. You could start:
"You are the beginning and ending of all things, the author and sustainer of all life, and the light in this dark world. This morning I ask that you illuminate and renew my life in the following areas..."
David Jump introduces an original song, "Everything Changes," as well as the old favorite "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus."
Rev. Steve Rankin introduces his theme for the week, Pictures of Jesus in Mark, by asking "what impressions of Jesus dominate my thinking?" Rankin begins with the first eleven verses in Mark's Gospel to establish context before diving into his key text: Mark 1:21-28.
Want to talk about it? Register for access to our "Lunchtime Chat" with Rev. Steve Rankin at noon (PDT)!
Key Questions from Morning Message:
"When I think of Jesus what images come to my mind?"
"How do those images shape the way I think about Jesus?"
"How do these impressions enhance or limit my thinking about Jesus?"
"What new insight into Jesus have you gained?"
"How does the new understanding challenge growth?"
"In what way might it reveal a need that Christ can meet?"
Rev. Tom Albin walks participants back to the beginning using Genesis 1 and John 1 for his first message. Using the theme of "Refresh," Tom explores what it means to reorient oneself physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually by returning to God, the source of all things, and remembering who we are.