March 11, 2015 | 10:49 am

Reflections on Youth Sunday

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our annual Talent Show fundraiser on Sunday! It was inspiring to see our church come together to support our youth service trip to Arizona this July. Someone wrote me afterward to say that the event reminded her of the shows that she would create with her cousins and perform for all the aunts and uncles at family gatherings. I cannot think of any greater image for this inter-generational event. Our performers, bakers, and donors ranged from five-years-old to, ahem, older. And in the chaos of that diversity, we showed what a church family looks like. Before the Talent Show, we celebrated Youth Sunday. The children and youth took on all the elements of the worship hour, from the Call to Worship to the Benediction. Our children’s choir sang and senior high school student, Derek Bishop preached. (You can find his sermon on our church website!) What a blessing these young people are to our community!