Tuesday, January 12
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Presbytery of Grand Canyon
New Worshiping Community intern returns home to start ministry
Leading Bible Study for Millennials Who are 'So Happy Being Certainly Uncertain'
Last summer, Rachel -Grace Breyer spent 10 weeks in Los Angeles as a 1001 New Worshiping Communities intern discerning God’s next call on her life. She’s now returned to her home in the Phoenix metropolitan area and is taking the first steps in what she hopes will become a new worshiping community.
“I’ve started up a weekly Bible study,” she says. “There are no faith requirements to join, and no expectations of conversion.”
That doesn’t mean Breyer and this group of millennials isn’t taking Scripture seriously. For nearly a year they plan to read Scripture passages together and talk about how they believe “these words” shape them.
“We’re trying to figure out what it means to be a Christian,” says Breyer, “both for, and as a member of, this generation.”.
In her own words, Breyer—who is part of a 1001 NWC cohort that meets online—describes why she chose to sign up for a 1001 internship, and how excited she is about whatever lies ahead.
“I am right smack in the middle of the millennial generation, and like many of my friends, I was raised in a quasi-fundamentalist evangelical setting that quickly became irrelevant and arguably even harmful the minute I sat down in a college level philosophy class. In those first four years after high school, I watched as many of my friends bitterly let go of their faith, angry for the ways in which they saw it to be extraneous and rationally weak in their daily lives, but sorrowful for the ways in which they felt they were losing a piece of themselves.
Although I am currently in seminary and attended a Christian undergraduate university, I too can relate to the angst of watching an institution with nothing but good intentions crumble beneath the ever so unquestioned authority of post modernism. I can recall countless times in theology classes where I knew that if this were the work I was going to build my life around, that it would be hard and often times criticized, but that the Kingdom that is coming demands hope, and so I must do my work well and close to the ground.
I decided to apply for the 1001 NWC internship in March 2015 because I know that doubt is not what my generation is suffering from, but despair. I saw that the Holy Spirit was and had always been at work in the lives of the people around me, and that these people were aware of that but uncomfortable with the language and regulations that they believed were inseparable from their former Christian experiences. I spent 10 weeks in Los Angeles discerning what God’s call on my life, to hope with others who were also interested in starting something new what this might look like. Then I packed my bags and headed to the Phoenix metropolitan area in which I was raised to gather with those who are wandering but crave a community to wander with them.
So far, we have prayed, we have laughed, we have cried and we have shared many meals with one another as we all try to figure out what it means to try to be a Christian in a generation that is so happy being certainly uncertain.
I ask you to pray for us as we learn together and as we ask God to guide us. God has already done so many amazing things in the life of this gathered people, and we are so excited to see what happens next.”
Let us join in prayer for:
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Let us pray
Gracious God, remind us that time spent playing and praying renews and strengthens our faith. Bless the opportunities that we have to escape the busyness of our daily lives to reflect on you Amen.