February defies reason. While it is the shortest month of the year, it seems be the longest. Maybe it’s the cold that has settled into our bones. Maybe it’s the gray and dreary skies or dark nights. Maybe it’s the barrenness of the trees and fields. Whatever the case, February is a heavy month for the most part, a dark time, a quiet time. And yet here at WPC, February’s first Sunday is anything but that.
This Sunday is Youth Sunday, a day in which the Youth of our congregation plan, prepare, practice and lead us in worship. The YAC class, Young Adults in Church, our juniors and seniors in high school, are the ones who take responsibility for the direction and shape of their service. This year, the theme of Youth Sunday is Being a Light in the World. The music we sing, the Scripture we read, the sermons we hear and the communion liturgy all reflect what it means to bear Christ’s light in the world.
Our amazing youth offer their gifts in so many ways for this service. Some will usher,others will read, many will sing, three amazing young women who are seniors this year will deliver the message, all will join with each other to praise God. And because it is Communion, several of our confirmed youth will stand with the clergy and offer the bread of heaven and cup of salvation to their church family, many of whom remember when they were baptized. It will be a beautiful and meaningful service.
The image of light, indeed being a light-bearer and a follower of the Light of the World is a powerful resistance to the darkness that threatens to overtake us. Our youth, in a powerful and profound way, will be our guides on Sunday. I hope you plan on being here. After all, it’s early February – you will want a light to carry with you and you will need a light to guide your way.