Church of the Brethren Newsline
July 26, 2018
“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan” (Luke 17:15-16).
Quotes of the day:
“These last 15 months I learned more about myself, my faith, and this community…. Thank you so much.”
— Kelsey Murray, NYC coordinator, in her final speech to the 2018 National Youth Conference.
“We should as a people remember, in our gratefulness we shouldn’t compare ourselves to each other…. True gratitude gets us out of that comparison trip because God doesn’t play favorites…. True gratitude moves us to active compassion rather than comparison.”
— Michaela Alphonse, preaching the closing sermon of NYC 2018.
“When we give thanks to God in the times of pain, and joy, there is blessing.”
— Michaela Alphonse on the nature of gratitude. Her scripture text was the story of the healing of the 10 lepers. She noted that the one who returned to Jesus to say thank you was a Samaritan, and that none of Jesus’ countrymen who received the additional blessing of wholeness bestowed by Christ.
“I wish I could tell you that everyone’s going to get it when you get home. You’re going to have to testify…of seeing Christ in one another…. Adults, it’s your job to bridge…the words that they [youth] tell so that those around them can hear.”
— Josh Brockway, who has served as spiritual director for the conference, giving closing advice and prayers before the participants left NYC.
The NYC 2018 Press Team includes Laura Brown, Allie Dulabaum, Mary Dulabaum, Nevin Dulabaum, Eddie Edmonds, Russ Otto, Frank Ramirez, Alane Riegel, Glenn Riegel, and Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of News Services for the Church of the Brethren.
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