The band consisted of the normal group, but Joseph led instead of me. It was nice to get to worship on the floor with the other students. They did a set that had: "Silent Night" (to see who would laugh), "Song of Hope", "Holding Onto You", "Revelation Song", and "Cannons". Mitchell then gave the message and did a great job. He started off with an activity he called "I'm going on a trip" where the first person said where they were going and who they were taking with them. The second person had to repeat the first and add to it, and so on. Of course it gets harder with each person to remember what all has been said. They ended it with Austin saying he was going to heaven and taking all of us (which Mitchell tied in with his message at the end). He began by talking about where he was a year ago. He was starting his senior year and had the thought that in order to make it great he needed to be involved in everything he possibly could. He said he felt like it was his last chance to do something great. But he realized that wasn't his purpose, or any of ours. He read the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 and talked about our purpose is to go and make disciples. He tied in some of the thoughts from Younite about how life is short and how we are not guaranteed tomorrow. This does not mean we are to complete items on a bucket list, but we are to do everything for God. He was challenged at one point in the year at an FCA event when they were told to not let "senioritis" get them, which he admits he was dealing with. He was challenged that the school he was in was his mission field. He then read Hebrews 12:2-3 and shared that you are going to get tired as you go along, but to look to God for your strength. He also read 2 Timothy 4:1-8 and challenged each student to continue always serving God, and finish well. He then had us right a letter to ourselves of where we want to be in our relationship with God by Christmas and seal it in an envelope. Then he will come back at Christmas and give them back out for us to read and see if we have grown in our faith.
It was such a good night. I was really proud of the students and the ways they led from singing, to praying, to running lyrics on the computer, giving the message, etc. Mitchell's message was really well spoken and it was truly from his heart as he challenged the students. I look forward to seeing Group 2 next week.