The church service at Camp Meeting each Sabbath goes around the Conferences churches and around the world. The meeting is used to promote the Conference agenda for its people, as well as bringing together some of the best musicians and preachers to inspire us.
In the middle of the first Sabbath church service all these aging men come out. They are the leaders of our Conference and Union. They don't inspire easily, but to be fair they are administrators, and have a heavy responsibility to lead the corporate side of a church organization.
But today it was different. They came out because in the middle of our camp meeting, we were witnessing tragedy around the world.
We'd lost one of our own at our summer camp. One of the young men on staff drowned just 12 days before camp meeting. A coup d'etat was going on in Turkey. There had recently been so many shootings, and terrorist attacks.
So the service stopped for just a few minuets as all was felt. There was a passionate plea to take these events and use them in our daily lives as Christians to share the hope we have. And then a special music that touched our souls.
It was a powerful moment. You can see it for yourselves here (it's about 2 hrs and 12 minutes in), but I fear that while you can see what went on, you'll never be able to experience being in that room at that time.
We don't connect with our world enough as Christians. And here I saw both why we don't, but also why we should.
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