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Hundreds of services guests’ voices, singing together the first song for the Friday, July 3 opening ceremony, sang of hope and praise: “O join, my soul, in singing praise to our Lord above, who blesses us with mercy and gifts of grace and love” (SHZ 526). This song, “The Summer in Sweet Splendor,” officially opened the 2015 LLC Summer Services in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada. LLC Board Chairman Jim Frantti (Chassell, Mich.) welcomed all guests and gave the greetings of the LLC Board and staff. In opening prayer, he said, “We have felt the joy of Your children in greeting one another. We feel the security of Your kingdom.”
Friends are important. Both the Bible and Songs and Hymns of Zion speak of friends. We all have positive experiences that we can associate with friends. But, what is the purpose of a friend? Probably most people find that sharing an experience with someone enriches it. Whether it be a vacation, an exciting moment, or simple pleasures of the day, we may want to tell someone about it. The same is true with difficult moments and sorrow. It is easier to work through difficulties if we can share them with someone, just as Job experienced when his friends came to comfort him and mourn with him. An old saying reminds us, “When you share your joys they multiply; when you share your sorrows they are divided.”
“You are young, living the life that you have been given. Live passionately! Live beautifully! Live in such a way that you value yourself, your friends, parents, siblings, and near ones.” With this encouragement, editors Saara Junes and Sirkka Vänttilä introduce the book At the crossroads of choosing. Published by the SRK and recently translated into English, this anthology contains stories and articles about the time of youth and the struggles young people face. It can be used in a variety of different situations and venues: at camps, for home reading, to support a friend, at youth discussions, and many more. It’s easy to pick up and read an article or two when time allows, and it provides a moment of respite during a busy day.
Join single believers from many North American congregations for a weekend of Christian fellowship and open discussions around God's unchanging Word.
Within the security of God's kingdom and the living gospel, the goals of this camp will be to support those who have served and provide opportunities for veterans and active-duty members to support one another.
Increase your general Bible knowledge, learn about the background and history of the Bible, and become more familiar with its use.