Saturday afternoon students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered to kickoff the retreat with a foot washing service. Bro. Segraves eloquently spoke on the significance and symbolism of this ritual especially as it relates to embracing the role of a servant. He encouraged each to realize that as ministers, serving has far greater transforming potential than telling people what to do. Men and women divided to pray and wash each other's feet. After the group came back together as a whole, partners were found and discussion ensued regarding taking heed to the ministry to which one is called. Bro. Littles then led the group in communion encouraging each to ask, "Lord, what should we do?" as a response to partaking of this sacrifice. Then it was time for dinner and the delectable desserts of Sis. Littles. Following dinner, Bro. Truman led the group in an evening Vespers service. Each partook of the light in Colossians chapter 1 as each one's candle was lit. Voices resounded in the closing song, "Go Light Your World" and the evening closed, appropriately, roasting marshmallows at a bonfire.
A sunrise service in the park started off Sunday morning. Bro. Norris spoke on dreams and the power of following God's dream for your life. He then had no end of amusement as he gave a crash course in ventriloquism and broke everyone into small groups who were directed to script and perform a ventriloquism show with puppets on the topic of following God's dream. Much hilarity ensued and there is still controversy on what Bro. Segraves was really saying. Following the service, breakfast was consumed and a break was given for private prayer and meditation. Bro. Brickle closed the retreat with an exercise meant to investigate "alternative realities." Participants reflected on play and daydreams from their youth, diversions from the present and plans for ways the Spirit is calling us to create an alternative reality. Sis. Littles once again did not disappoint with a delicious lunch. Thanks is due to Betsy Hoffman, Student Activities Coordinator for arranging this event.
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