VMC Middle School One-Day Retreat
When: September 26, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Where: Eastern Mennonite School, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA
Cost: $30 per participant, payable to Virginia Mennonite Conference.
Contact: Deb Horst ([email protected])
As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.
Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.
But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”
Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come ahead.”
Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”
The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”
The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Rebekka Stutzman is from Germany and has lived and ministered for six years in Los Angeles where she served as the Youth and English Pastor at Maranatha Christian Fellowship, an Indonesian Mennoninte Church, and as the Youth Ministry Liaison for The Southwest Pacific Mennonite Conference.
While out in California Rebekka enjoyed living in an urban setting, living amidst the rich ethnic diversity, and trying the yummy cuisine from all over the world before moving back to Germany for a long-term mission assignment with Virginia Mennonite Missions.
Currently she is on a furlough with her husband Dave and her three small children, staying in Harrisonburg preparing for their next term. Rebekka has a passion for young people and is very much looking forward to taking part in the VMC Middle School Retreat.
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