ESN Snapshot: Penn State Hershey CMS/CMDA Spring Retreat Worship

Posted by tom | Mar 8, 2013

Some may find this a stretch, but a significant motivation for my labors with InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) is that deep down I think of every student as a scholar . . . maybe "emerging" is more applicable to more than I desire ;) The student is a learner, becoming a specialist in a particular aspect of God's creation. Through the stewardship of the knowledge and skills acquired, students have the ability to bless many individually and corporately in a wide array of contexts/circumstances. In the case of the health care students with whom I labor with as as part of the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA, they will be teachers and continual learners throughout their vocation.

In addition to finding great joy in the Tuesday lunch outreaches, leadership team gatherings, and Bible studies, I also look forward to the once a term retreats. In preparation for our time of worship together, the worship team leader has been including songs in the weekly emails. They are an encouragement to all the students, including the graduate students part of the fellowship who are more literally Emerging Scholars, i.e., future faculty (professors and/or academic researchers). Join us in the blessing of All I Have is Christ by Sovereign Grace.

A note from the spring retreat's worship leader:

The second verse is especially powerful to me:

"But as I ran my hell-bound race indifferent to the cost, you looked upon my helpless and led me to the cross. And I beheld God's love displayed. You suffered in my place. You bore the wrath reserved for me. Now all I know is grace."

That is the gospel in a nutshell, and the gospel is just so beautiful however many times it is told in however many different ways. Praise God that He suffered in our place so that we can be His.

Thank-you for your prayers for, encouragement of, and support of these Kingdom labors. To God be the glory!

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