“These are the things you must insist on and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you” (1 Timothy 4:11-14a).
“Good morning church! It has been a good week! Amen?”
— Jeff Carter, as he began his remarks in the morning worship service. The NYCers responded, “Amen!” Telling the story of his experiences training for a marathon, he went on to compare the NYC week with running: “We have been sprinting all week. The Christian life is not a sprint. It is a marathon. A marathon in which we don’t run alone.”
“In the Church of the Brethren, we have a ministry of the heart…and we ask, what is the mind of Christ? …But we also ahve a ministry of the hand, reaching out in compassion to the world, to the entire world…. A ministry of the heart, and a ministry of the hand.”
— Bethany Seminary president Jeff Carter, in the closing message of NYC 2014.
“The church is about being heaven here on earth.”
— Josh Brockway, director of Spiritual Life and Discipleship for the Church of the Brethren, giving a devotional thought during the closing worship. He commented that this concept is found in the Lord’s Prayer, when we pray, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Keynote speaker Jarrod McKenna had led the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer the evening before.
The day’s schedule
On this the closing day of NYC 2014, morning worship focused on an appropriate theme: “Journey.” Youth gathered for a final time of worship, singing, prayer, and blessing in the Moby Arena on the CSU campus, led by Bethany Seminary president Jeff Carter. Then everyone packed up to head back home.
“I want to give a shout out–to everybody!” said Virginia Meadows, guitarist and one of the lead singers for the NYC band, as closing worship began.
A shout out to the NYC coordinators, National Youth Cabinet, and Youth and Young Adult Ministries director Becky Ullom Naugle–the people who made NYC 2014 possible! NYC coordinators: Katie Cummings, Tim Heishman, and Sarah Neher. Youth cabinet members: Emmett Eldred of Middle Pennsylvania District, Brittany Fourman of Southern Ohio District, Rhonda Pittman Gingrich of Northern Plains District, Dennis Lohr of Atlantic Northeast District, Sarandon Smith of Atlantic Northeast District, Sarah Ullom-Minnich of Western Plains District, Kerrick van Asselt of Western Plains District, Zander Willoughby of Michigan District.
Preacher Jeff Carter’s “shout out” to the whole NYC congregation came in the form of a closing time of blessing. Youth received NYC bracelets to wear home, and had an opportunity to be blessed each by name, at a number of stations around the arena. “You were named for a great purpose,” Carter told the youth, “a blessing and a purpose.”
A special shout out to Rainer Borgmann, one of the youth attending NYC who was selected by the lighting, sound, and visuals company PSI to run the live video feeds for the big screens in Moby Arena on Wednesday evening.
NYC 2014 News Team: Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of News Services. Eddie Edmonds, NYC Tribune editor. Photography: Glenn Riegel, Nevin Dulabaum.Writers: Frank Ramirez, Mandy Garcia. Question of the day: Britnee Harbaugh, Maddie Dulabaum. Web and app support: Don Knieriem, Russ Otto.