Our epic Adventure of the national youth gathering is coming to a close today. We began our day attending worship service at the Superdome. It is pretty amazing to see 25,000 LC MS high school students and leaders. The service was an amazing blend of traditional worship styles. It honored the Lutheran traditions of hundreds of years. The worship service was complete with canting, traditional hymns, and we celebrated holy Communion. It was neat to see how the high school students responded to the traditional service. The band and worship leaders expertly blended in a few contemporary songs as well. LCMS President Harrison give a very meaningful sermon. Humorously, he began his sermon by taking a selfie-picture of himself with all of the kids. It was a very meaningful way to end the gathering.
Since traveling 4600 miles we decided to see the sights of Louisiana bit. So, Gretchen went to get the Rent-A-Car and we were off to dip our toes and maybe swim in the Gulf of Mexico. Sadly, we ran into a terrible thunderstorm that looked like it stretched all the way to Florida. So, our beach day sadly, only had toes in the surprisingly warm water for two minutes, and then we had to out run the raindrops back to the car. The forecast looks better for tomorrow, so we will give it a go and try again.
We ended the evening walking around the French quarter and having dinner at a delicious restaurant. We met up with the Anchorage group and enjoyed supper with them. To top it off we had the French pastries Beignets at the historic Café Du monde.
God is been so good to us this whole trip. The gathering has encouraging everyone’s faith and deepening understanding of how big the Lord is. In Christ alone, we are redeemed, forgiven, and saved. We are “good enough in spite of our shortcomings and apart from our accomplishments.”
It has been a joy accompanying the group to New Orleans, and a blessing to attend the gathering!