What an opportunity that to be back at my old stomping grounds, Riverside Church, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. After being away for 5 years, it was eerily familiar yet new and fresh. It made me feel oddly old, seeing now upperclassmen that weren’t old enough for youth group when I was last there.
What an honor it was to be trusted to preach at the church that I grew up in. I loved the opportunity to reconnect with people who were major influences in my life and helped launch me into the person I am becoming.
Jim, my old youth pastor, and I couldn’t keep ourselves from taking a picture of the “Youth on Fire” sign that somehow has lasted 10+ years and was moved into the newly finished youth facility.