Posts made in July, 2015

The Holy Spirit – Our Advocate

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Camp Blog, Searchable

During our first Christian Formation time on Sunday night, I asked campers to sit in a giant circle and go around saying one thing they wanted everyone to know about them. The point was to show we come from a variety of backgrounds (something worth celebrating!), and, even with all our differences, we come as equals. It was a nice icebreaker to kick off Christian Formation, but it took on more significance the next night. On Monday night, campers gathered to learn about the Holy Spirit as our Advocate (John 14:26). An advocate, we discussed, is someone who provides guidance, who comes...

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Servant Leadership

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in Camp Blog, Searchable

So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45 NRSV) Yesterday I accompanied our second-year Leaders-in-Training to Stop and Shop in Miller Place. We were there to represent Island Harvest, the...

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Doing All Things Through Christ

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in Camp Blog, Searchable

Today I hung out with campers and counselors at the high ropes course. With harness, helmet, and- most importantly!- rope safely in place, I scaled the ladder and tree leading up to the suspended log I was supposed to walk across. I got onto the log without much of a struggle but just couldn’t bring myself to let go of the tree. I knew I was safe and that it was impossible for me to fall without my belaying friends at the bottom carefully lowering me to the ground. Nonetheless, I held on, irrationally, I guess. I stood frozen up there for a few minutes before finally moving a few inches...

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Finding the Spirit amid Wows and Wonder

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 in Camp Blog, Searchable

At camp we have a tradition of ending each day with “How, Pow, Wow.” This is a time for campers and counselors to gather in their cabins and reflect on the day. For “How,” they talk about how they saw God in the past day. For “Pow,” they share a low point of the day. “Wow” is, not surprisingly, their high point. I always love it when a camper’s “How” and “Wow” are the same (especially if it’s something that happened during Christian Formation!). When a camper’s best part of the day is also the same as...

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Peace, Not As the World Gives

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 in Camp Blog, Searchable

Jesus told the disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (John 14:27). These words are ones that campers will get to hear and reflect on during the start of our Christian Formation program next week. Just before saying this, Jesus explained that the Holy Spirit would come to give guidance and direction once He left this earth. I don’t think this is a coincidence. Having God’s peace is a fruit of the Spirit that grows in us as we follow Christ. It is a powerful sign of Jesus’ presence in and among...

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