May 15, 2016
Presbyterian Youth Triennium is only a five-day event, but its impact on young people can span a lifetime. Perryn Rice, pastor of Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, is one of the people whose life was changed at Triennium. He first sensed a call to ministry as a 16-year-old while attending Triennium. “I tell people it was the Youth Triennium in 1986 that rekindled the fire of my faith,” he says. “I took a workshop about ministerial calls that helped me understand what the Lord was doing in my life.”
Rice will be one of the preachers for the upcoming Triennium, July 19–23 at Purdue University. He will shape his messages to help youth leave Triennium with its lessons and impressions etched in their hearts and minds. “I believe something will happen in worship, service projects or conversations that will awaken them to the possibility they are able to do greater things for the glory of God.”
Thousands of youth have sensed the Spirit move in their lives at Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Today, on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Spirit. As promised on the Day of Pentecost, God continues to pour out God’s Spirit upon all people, and our sons and our daughters are prophesying. Indeed, our sons and daughters are bearing good news from God, and many of them were moved to share God’s message with us at Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Triennium is one of the ministries with children, youth and young adults supported by the Pentecost Offering. As we receive the offering, let us give thanks to God that the Spirit still calls and that people continue to hear the Spirit’s call.
Pat Cole, Communications Specialist, Presbyterian Mission Agency
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Let us pray
God of Pentecost, your Spirit empowers your church to do your work in our world. Grant us ears to hear your call to serve our world, eyes to see the needs of our world, voices to speak your love and truth to our world, and hands to repair the brokenness of our world. Amen.