As you may have noticed, we live in a college town. There are three state colleges within short driving distance between Moscow, Pullman, and Lewiston. Not only that, but we have the privilege of supporting a fourth college, New St. Andrews. Most years we have students attending from all four of these schools, and so I want to direct my exhortation this morning to this situation.
First, I want to welcome the students. New St. Andrews has just started up again, WSU will be starting in a week, and UI and LCSC follow after that. Welcome back if you’re a returning student and welcome for the first time if you’re new. We’re gathered here because of the death and resurrection of Jesus. We have been gripped by His grace, washed by His blood, filled with His Spirit, and we are being transformed by His powerful working. So we’re here to worship the Father, Son, and Spirit. And you are most welcome to join with us.
Second, to the resident members of Trinity, I want to remind you of the great blessing it is to have so many students in our midst. It may be a bit more crowded, harder to find seats and parking places, but I want to encourage you to reach out to the students, befriend them, encourage them, be hospitable to them, welcome them into your homes, reach out to them. Some of them are on their own for the first time in their life.
But we are not here for social hour. We are here to meet with the King of the Universe, the Kings of Kings and Lords of Lords. We are here to proclaim the praises of the Lamb who was slain to redeem men, women, and children from every nation, every race, every tribe and tongue. For He is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.