“The Lord’s power overcame me, and while I was in the Lord’s spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones. He led me through them all around, and I saw that there were a great many of them on the valley floor, and they were very dry.

 He asked me, “Human one, can these bones live again?”

I said, “Lord God, only you know.”

 He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, Dry bones, hear the Lord’s word! The Lord God proclaims to these bones: I am about to put breath in you, and you will live again.”

                                                                        Ezekiel 37:1-5 (CEB)

Over the past years, St. Paul’s has been dreaming of a new life for the building we currently are in. This seemed like such a far out dream to those that were involved, however over the past months this dream is coming to reality. How exciting!

With this soon to be living dream seeing fruition, I have had the opportunity to vision and prepare the upcoming youth space. This space was once used as a 2nd Floor Chapel and Sunday School Classroom. These spaces saw life and community in different ways.

The Sunday School Classroom, most known for the Disciples Classroom, saw lives come together to dive into the scripture and learn more about how to become fully devoted Disciples of Christ.

The other space, more known as the Chapel, was a sacred space where the joining of individual lives came together in marriage, a space created to experience the Holy Spirit through worship  and community togetherness.

The last few days I have set in these spaces, reflecting on the lives that were touched, the lives that were changed, and the lives that this new space is going to influence. This space, as stated before, will be a area for youth. An open location where they may feel comfortable and at ease, a zone where youth may find themselves able to be who they are without fear of rejection, a sacred space where youth are loved and accepted, where fears can come and fears relieved.

 In the scripture from the Book of Ezekiel, Ezekiel is crying out to God about the exile, he is forced to explain Israel’s defeat, Jerusalem’s destruction and massive deportation in the light of a vision of glory. This glory departs judgment and returns hope to a resurrected people.  Furthermore, old structures were renewed to fulfill intended function – to glorify God’s ever transforming work.

For all of us, God wishes to restore the godlike reputation in the world and to dwell among a transformed community. Part of the reshaping of society for us is our building; a place where hopefully God sees a divine form of us, human beings, representing and building the restorations of those in our community. Our building is so much more than four walls. It represents a body of Christ, attempting to seek out and to restore souls for the greater good of humanity and justice.

I am ecstatic about the plans for the new youth territory. This location will include a lounge, a small group room for Jr. High students, and a worship area; our Ignition:Youth logo and mission will complete the area. I invite you to help me vision and create ways how we, as a body, can reach out, seek out, and show marvelous love to a sometimes forgotten society.

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Tim Boyer, Director of Student Ministries
Tim@ShawneeStPauls.com
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