I had the privilege of spending this last weekend out at Trout Lake Camp on a retreat with three youth groups: Becker Baptist (Becker, MN); Grace Baptist (Cloquet, MN); Northwood Church (Maple Grove, MN). It was an awesome time, and also a bit of an Oak Hills reunion, which was a blast. I attended Oak Hills with the three youth pastor’s and gladly count them all as good friends. In addition to that, our band (I was there leading worship) included another good friend who was a part of our crew during our time at Oak Hills and my younger brothers, of which one is a current student and the other attended for a year.
It was great to be able to all hang out together, but it was even cooler to be able to do ministry together for weekend. It was an awesome group of students who are very blessed with great Youth Pastors and great volunteer leaders. I’m not even sure what all to say about the weekend, so I figure I’ll just give a couple little glimpses into the weekend. First is a little bit about the theme for the weekend, and the second is a video of the Lip Dub that was put together, it was kind of a big hurrah!! to finish out our weekend, set to the song “let us love” by needtobreathe, which was sort of a theme song for the weekend.
Lets interact; after you check out the bit on “Chase the Goose” and watch the Lip Dub, let’s hear some retreat/conference/etc. memories. Post a comment and share the hilarious, serious, adventurous, mischievous, ………ous, etc. stories that you have. I know lots of you that read this, and I know you have stories, so don’t be shy.
Our theme for the weekend was “CHASE THE GOOSE“, and instead of trying to explain it myself, here is an excerpt from the leaders guide put together by Luke Trouten from Northwood Church :
THEME – CHASE THE GOOSE
The theme this week is “Chase the Goose” and comes from a name that Celtic Christians had for the Holy Spirit, “An Geadh-Glas” or, “the Wild Goose.” That name has some powerful imagery and implications. It hints at the mysterious nature of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed and an element of danger and an air of unpredictability surround Him. Just look at the amazing, and often crazy-sounding, leadings the Spirit gives Biblical folks like Moses, David, Peter, Paul, and others.
The Celtic Christians were probably onto something that institutionalized Christianity has missed out on. It’s possible that we have clipped the wings of the Wild Goose and settles for something less than what God originally intended for us. Every Christian gets stressed out over trying to ﬁgure out the will of God. We want to solve the mystery of God’s will like we solve a Sudoku or a crossword puzzle. But, intellectual analysis usually results in spiritual paralysis.
Now, we know that “wild goose chase” typically refers to a purposeless endeavor without a deﬁned destination. But chasing the Wild Goose is different. The promptings of the Holy Spirit can sometimes seem pretty pointless, but rest assured, God is working His plan. And if you chase the Wild Goose, he will take you places you never could have imagined going in ways you never knew existed.
In John, Jesus says, “The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” The truth is, most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And that can certainly feel unsettling, but it is also the deﬁnition of adventure.
There is nothing more unnerving or disorienting than passionately pursuing God. And the sooner we come to terms with that spiritual reality, the more we will enjoy the journey. Following God does not guarantee safety or certainty. But, chasing the Wild Goose promises to be anything but boring!
And here is the LIP DUB