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Laurel’s – Associations

as·so·ci·a·tions
/əˌsōsēˈāSH(ə)ns,əˌsōSHēˈāSH(ə)ns/

(noun) mental connections between ideas or things
(noun) groups of people organized for a joint purpose

July 2020

Intergenerational Worship is a buzz-phrase in our denomination lately. And of all the denominational trends that we’ve been through, or let’s be honest, the whims we’ve been put through, this one genuinely excites me. There is a recognition all over the mainline church that the approach to youth ministry and Christian education that separated children and teenagers from the rest of the congregation yielded very little fruit. Where is the generation that we entertained with paintball games and ski trips? They and their families for the most part are not in our churches. It seems that entertaining our young people and calling it church just because it happened in the building created a crisis for them when they were at some point expected to matriculate into “big church.”  Most of these now grown folks opt to sleep in on Sundays or attend mega churches. There are the rare exceptions and those we should celebrate, but the statistics are unarguable.

The good news is that Santa Fe is ahead of the curve on the intergenerational worship! In fact, we’ve been finding ways to include all ages in worship for over a decade now, and with much fruit. Acolytes, children’s sermons, special music offerings, “CentsAbility” offerings, Youth-run plate passing, and Youth Sunday services are all ways in which we are accustomed to involving people of all ages in our regular worship experiences.

Youth Sunday on June 21 was a bright shining moment of intergenerational worship done to its fullest. One thing to celebrate about our “new normal” way of being Santa Fe Presbyterian Church is that the service is available to watch on our Facebook page if you happened to miss it. If you’re feeling sad or anxious about the future of the church, I invite you to watch. When you see our Youth lead us in worship, your heart will be filled with hope and faith. Our young people are capable and inspired leaders.

Macy Champlin, Class of 2020, said from the pulpit Sunday morning, “God is a flood. And he is flowing through the moments we have with our friends and siblings and parents…To me, the most comparable thing to God is music. Music is always there for you. Music brings people of all types together. Music tells me I’m worthy. Music always forgives me.” She was reflecting on Romans 6:11 and what it means to be “alive to God.” Macy was convinced she didn’t have anything to say about this passage, but with some prodding and encouragement, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, she did have something to say  indeed, that we are all blessed to have heard.

Ian McCall, Class of 2020, reflected on Jeremiah 20:7-13 and had this to say, “If I do not agree with the premise that we all have a grievance with one another, I am against everyone. Yet, I am not against everyone, for my personal lord and savior tells me that I must not think this way…As people we need to not be deceived by the path of evil, but trust in our God, because one day, we will have peace with one another, side by side as God’s people. Not separated by race, social class, or gender, but under one nation which is God’s kingdom.” Ian’s words gave me, I hope they give you great assurance and peace for the future of our faith. There are people in the younger generation who seek and know God! And when we give them the chance, they lead us.

People of Santa Fe Presbyterian Church, expect to hear from and fellowship with our young people more often, because I am excited to find new ways to be a thriving and growing intergenerational church! – Reverend Laurel

People of Santa Fe Presbyterian Church, expect to hear from and fellowship with our young people more often, because I am excited to find new ways to be a thriving and growing intergenerational church! – Reverend Laurel