Lisa Allgood, Executive Presbyter
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
Anyone who knows Godspell will automatically now have a specific song stuck in their head after reading the Scripture from Matthew noted above.
A few weeks ago, the youth of Knox Presbyterian Churches put on Godspell Jr. to raise money to go to the Montreat Youth Conference this summer.
It was AWESOME. Full of celebration and teaching, full of the simple and beautiful message of the Gospel as told by Matthew, full of parables, joy, sorrow, and the hope of resurrection, this production never fails to make me smile and want to sing along (and cry when they sing “On the Willows”).
When the youth of our churches demonstrate their love of the Word, their dedication to the church, their desire to go deeper as they enter into retreat, I come away with renewed energy for the Lord, a refreshed hope that the Living Word lives still, and will live forever, and surety that God transforms us all – even now.
Now, congregations of the Presbytery – time for us to live up to what the youth are teaching us. The Living Word of the Living God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow – but the way we live that worship must take into account each generation, and let them not only find their voice – but express their voice in worship in a way that they grow in the Spirit, and that the Living God is glorified.
Thanks to David Annett (youth pastor at Knox and Director), Jill Moorman, Christine Roberts (Third Presbyterian), Laura Deck, Mary Ward, Heidi Knellinger, Jan Annett, John-Allen Phillips, Stella Hart, Lisa Pfeiffer, Amy Snow, Ginny and Rick Kuertz, Kristy Verticchio, and Knox Youth Group Alums Caitlin Philpott and Ella Knellinger (gorgeous set painting!) and the many others who have poured into this group of youth – and who helped produced joy among those who heard the word of the Lord through the music.
And thank you for my Godspell t-shirt!
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord! Long Live God indeed!