More than 130 youth and their adult leaders gathered…

By Dana Waters

On World Communion Sunday, more than 130 youth and their adult leaders from 5 Foothills congregations gathered at Fort Hill Church in Clemson to play games, share a meal, pray, and assemble PDA hygiene kits for people affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters. We then closed out our time together with a worship service led by Fort Hill’s youth band, Johnny & the Tulips.
In a world that seems desperate to tell us just how different we are from each other, how much better off we would be without “those people,” here in the Fellowship Hall of our church, these young people stood together as one.
And as I reflect back on that evening, I am reminded of the chorus of the very first song we sang together:
Lean on me, when you’re not strong
 And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on
– “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers

 

I give thanks for my sisters and brothers in Christ, especially the young people from Central, FPC Anderson, Easley, and Pickens Presbyterian. They have given me a new understanding of what Paul meant when he wrote,

            “There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is
there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus
(Galatians  3:28).”
Today, let’s celebrate the unity we share in Christ Jesus. That is a gift that we may well have to lean on in the days to come.
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