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February 21, 2020

Hey Church!
Riddle for you: what are different sizes, colors, and shapes…and they hurt pretty bad when you step on them?
Legos of course! If you’ve stepped on one, then you probably got that right away! If you’ve peeked inside the Youth room anytime since December, then you probably had a pretty good guess too! The Youth room has been overrun by giant Legos that the Youth have made from cardboard boxes! All this work just for YOU!
This weekend is Youthapalooza! That is the one weekend a year that the Youth Group takes over all the worship services! They lead the worship, show off some musical talents, preach, pray, and anything else you would expect to see in a church service!
This year our theme is LEGOS! When considering what the Youth wanted to say with their one opportunity to take over worship, this theme became obvious. If you’ve ever spent any time with our Youth, then you know that they are smart, caring, and ready to take on the future! Because of that, they have something to teach us as!
The worship isn’t really about Legos. We won’t be teaching you how to build a really cool town out of the blocks, but it’s about what it means to be the Church. Not just our church here in Blue Springs, but THE Church! The Church that Jesus started, that spans across time, denomination, and includes so many different types of people! They are going to show us what the Bible says and hopefully open our eyes to what it means to be a part of the Church.
Think about this: YOU are a LEGO.
I don’t want to give away all of what we will talk about this weekend, because I want you to hear it directly from the Youth! I hope you come check Youthapalooza out! You don’t want to miss what they have to say!
See you this weekend!
Pastor Erika Braun 
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January 17, 2020

Hey Church Family!
Pastor Erika here! I am so excited and looking forward to worship this weekend! I mean, I look forward to every worship service every weekend, but this weekend I am excited about our topic! We are continuing our series on the “foundations” of our faith and looking at things that we do or talk about at church all the time, but we never really take the time to question why or how we do them. This week we will be looking at prayer!
Let me explain why I’m so excited! As a younger person, I remember thinking that praying was a waste of time and not an appropriate answer to most people’s problems. Yeah, your Associate Pastor just said that! Today, I can’t think of a problem or moment that prayer is not the first and best answer for. This change in my attitude did not come about quickly or painlessly. I had to really question what prayer was and why I was supposed to do it. I can’t wait to tackle these questions with you!
My hopes are that we can all take something away from this topic that will impact our individual prayer lives, answer some questions we have been unsure of asking, and help us get just a little closer to our beloved Lord.
I want to share with you what I have been chewing on now for months and let it affect you before we meet for worship! My mentor and I have been working through some spiritual reflections found in Soul Feast by Marjorie J. Thompson. The author writes that prayer is not initiated by us, but that God initiates every act of prayer. Whenever and however we pray, it is a response to the Spirit of God calling us into prayer. Whether that is a silent prayer filled with tears, a joyous prayer surrounded by laughter, an insistent prayer for a loved one going through a procedure, or an angry outburst of emotions that we spew towards God. All prayer is our response to God calling us into a communion, a conversation.
So, Lord, we respond. Thank You for calling us into this time of leaning closer to You. Prepare our hearts for worship this week and let us feel You calling us into moments of prayer throughout the days. Your ears are open to us and Your heart longs for us to draw nearer. Thank You for loving us this much! In Your holy name, Amen.
May peace surround your week!
-Pastor Erika
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