For those who may not know, the church year just ended and a new year has begun! At Pyoca we will usher in this new liturgical year (church/worship calendar) with a new theme.
To be honest, late 2017 and early 2018 was a pretty tough year for our greater Pyoca community, with a substantial amount of grief and loss. We were able to gather together in April of this year to reflect and remember the camp saints who have shaped and influenced our lives. This time of reflection made us incredibly grateful for the opportunity to carry on the Gospel work of the saints who went before us.
As we look toward 2019, we are taking a cue from our upcoming summer camp theme: Peace Works. We are adopting 2019 as The Year of the Peacemaker. The Advent season is the perfect time to begin as we anticipate the coming of our very own Prince of Peace.
At Pyoca, we believe that the act of peace is something that God instills within us. As Christians, we are active participants in God’s shaping of the world. We can choose to sit back and let things unfold, or we can discern where God is calling us to transform and be transformed through peace.
Throughout 2019 we will highlight peacemakers throughout the Presbyterian church and our own camp community. Our challenge to you, our community, is to show us what you are already doing as peacemakers in this world. Message us on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #pyocapeacemakers and we will share how you are seeking to spread the peace of Christ in the world.
May Christ’s peace shine through you this Advent and Christmas season. We wish you the merriest Christmas and happy holidays. The peace of Christ be with you.