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Lutheran youth are taking it outside

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Sunday in the park will take on special meaning for more than 630 youth and leaders attending the triennial National Youth Gathering of Lutheran Church-Canada. At Ryan Farm Park, across the street from Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus) they will learn what worship means.

Sunday, July 8, the event organizers will set up seven places in the park where the youth will stop to hear about, and discuss topics like prayer, meditation, Bible reading, confession and forgiveness, music, service and fellowship.

"Most people see worship as something that happens only on Sundays in a church," explained event organizer Lori Schultz. "We want the youth to understand that God is with them every day, and how we live and how we are aware of His presence is part of who we are as Christians."

The leaders of the various sessions come from across Canada. They include a pastor who spent 13 years in Ukraine following the fall of communism; a church-based singer-songwriter from the Edmonton area; and a pastor who served as a university chaplain and has recently returned from a teaching assignment in Papua New Guinea.

Sunday will end with a candlelight worship service at 10 p.m. in Algonquin's ABC Courtyard.

MEDIA ADVISORY: A gathering group photo is scheduled for noon, Sunday, July 8 in the residence courtyard. More than 600 in one shot!

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