Q: What do 30,000 teenagers in the United States all have in common?
A: They are all headed to Detroit for the ELCA National Youth Gathering next week!
The ELCA Youth Gathering for high school-age youth takes place every three years and is about faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play. It is an opportunity for youth to engage with peers from across the United States and the world who share a common commitment and faith in Christ.
ECLC is sending 11 youth and 3 adults to experience the love of Christ in Detroit. The theme of for the gathering is Rise Up Together.
Young people and adults who engage in the ministry of the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering will learn that as individuals, as communities, as a collective humanity, we are called and claimed as characters in and witnesses to God’s divine story, a story that always moves through the cross to the resurrection. They will be touched by God’s story unfolding in Detroit.
They will return home more aware of their place in God’s story, a story enhanced by the stories of others, especially those who are different from them. Ultimately, young people will be encouraged to see themselves as essential witnesses to God’s story in the world as they learn to proclaim the beginning of the good news in and through their lives of discipleship, a discipleship marked by their baptismal promises.
This Sunday, July 12, we will commission our young people and adults during 10:15 a.m. worship. Please keep these youth and leaders in your prayers as they are on the road to Detroit and throughout the week.
A Prayer for the Journey
Dear God, as we send these youth and adults to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, we pray for your continued guidance and strength as they are molded and shaped by this experience and as they encounter you in our brothers and sisters they will meet there. Rise us all up, knowing that Jesus is a presence on the move, back and forth, and forward in order to reveal that around every corner and in every encounter is the beginning of your good news. Through Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.