Peace, Justice, Song: Peace Colloquy 2013

Wednesday, January 15

Young Adult Service at Peace Colloquy

Young Adult Service at Peace Colloquy

By Carla Crosser Harrington of Shenandoah, Iowa, USA

O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

—Psalm 96:1–3

Music is a powerful medium for blessing hearts and souls. At the time I write this, I find myself excited to attend the 2013 Peace Colloquy for introducing Community of Christ Sings! When you read this, many blessings from the music in this hymnal will abound.

Through my ministry with youth and young adults, I have learned to keep an ear open for just the right song that will provide blessing and encouragement. God opens doors of blessing through music of many styles.

My husband and I help our mission center president, in co-directing a three-year training initiative for young adults. They learned skills to prepare them to be effective pastors and congregational leaders. Many World Church leaders shared their expertise and knowledge with the young adults. We have seen exciting growth among the participants. Besides training, we also provide spiritual practices and worship during the retreats. Music is often part of those nurturing activities.

This group of young adults is part of my being and soul. Our last training retreat is fast approaching. For several weeks, I have held this last session in my heart and thoughts. I ask God to open avenues of blessing for the young adults as they accept leadership positions in their congregations and in the mission center. God is weaving unique patterns of blessing. I see them as I consider what specific spiritual connections and worship experiences we need to incorporate in this final retreat. The Creator of Music continues to offer just the right songs to reinforce the blessings designed for these precious young adults as they consider their service to God and to the world.

Prayer for Peace
Master Composer, we await your direction. May we join with others in harmony to praise you and express our love for you. May your music inspire us to share your peace.

Spiritual Practices: Music for Meditation
Identify a form of music for meditation. If hearing music is not an option, choose a song you can sing or play on a musical instrument. Choose music that carries a soulful, spiritual, or healing quality for you. How does the music restore, nurture, heal, or move you to compassionate response?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will explore the texts of peace and justice in Community of Christ Sings, and find ways to respond to the inspiration shared by your creative hymn writers.

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2 Comments

  1. Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and
    wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
    In any case I’ll be subscribing on your feed and
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  2. Kathi Angeroth

     /  15 January 2014

    Carla, I hope you know how much this program has meant to all of us. We have grown so much personally and spiritually. We hope someday we will be able to do for others what you have done for us.
    Kathi Angeroth

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