Monday, May 09, 2005

back from retreat

so a bunch of us went to big bear for our first annual kairos la retreat. we had one for our team a couple of years ago, but this was our first official retreat with la people.

i felt the time went well. we were high in the mountains over 6,000 feet up, and the first night we sang, i gave a short message on faith, hope and love and we went to bed. in the morning after breakfast we got together to trace the finger prints of God in the life of our community, using the seven holy days as a tool for rememberance, like passover a day of great rescue. it was refreshing and strengthening to our faith to just remember all the good things God has done in and through our lives.

then we had a mini olypics between canvas groups, which the pasadena canvas group won, after that we had about 3 hours of free time to hike, play soccer or go canoeing and hang out. after dinner we got together to take a peak at the future with faith. we looked at where we could be as a community in 2006, 2008 and 2010. and then we talked about the importance of each of us bringing what we have to Jesus, our fish and loaves and asking him to bless it. to look at the future with a sense of plenty verses a sense of scarcity, and to be generous with all that God has given us.

overall, i sensed the presence of God at our time, uniting us together for a common mission. i was completely exhausted by saturday night, but refreshed by sunday.

our sunday service was really cool. we had an open mike time, where it was a combination of planned poems, songs and encouragement mixed with some spontaneos sharing. it was incredibly encouraging. i believe that you can download the mp3 from that evening at our website.


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