By Dana Waters (Associate for Youth and Mission Fort Hill Church)
One cold and snowy Sunday afternoon, three youth groups from Foothills Presbytery (Anderson/Pickens Region) came together for a concert. Youth from Fort Hill and First Presbyterian traveled to Central Presbyterian in Anderson to see Sam Burchfield perform. Sam, as many of you may know, is a child of this presbytery and of Fort Hill Church. He has been the music leader for our presbytery’s Middle School Conference in Bonclarken and the Montreat Youth Conference.
In spite of the chilly weather and the looming college football championship game, the youth and adult leaders of these three churches made a concerted effort to join together. They broke the ice by playing games in the gym. Then the youth shared a meal and conversation with one another at small tables. Following the meal, they joined in to sing songs of praise and worship as Sam took the stage and played songs both old and new. It was a delightful evening for all.
As the group sang “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” one part of the last stanza stood out in particular on this night:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart; O take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.
There are so many things around us that lead us to wander. Sometimes we wander away from God. Other times we wander away from church or youth group or perhaps we just lose sight of one another. This multi-church, multi-youth group experience reminded me of how closely connected we are to all of our sisters and brothers in Christ, especially those right here in Foothills Presbytery. I, for one, am eager to see more of these interconnectional church events take place in the year ahead.
Take our hearts, O God. Yes, take them and seal them as you bind us to one another!