Dear LTCNW Family. Our Board met last night to pray about and discuss this year’s convention in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. In all likelihood the restrictions currently in place on large gatherings will be extended through April, making it impossible to hold the convention this year at the scheduled date and time. No one knows how long this pandemic will last so we feel that canceling – rather than rescheduling or reconfiguring – is the best course of action.
We know this will be a great blow to the nearly 200 young people who have been working hard on studying Psalms and sharpening their skills for service to God. Although the convention will not be taking place, we trust that God has worked in the lives of your young people already through that preparation. There are many questions that remain to be answered, such as refunds, scholarships, next year’s theme, the preconvention submissions, and other items. The Board will be meeting again next week to make decisions regarding those items, after more prayer and reflection. Please be patient with us, as we are all dealing with disrupted schedules in our own lives and our local congregations. We pray that the Psalms and their themes of trust and reliance on God will guide us all during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history.
If you have any more suggestions or feedback, please send them our way. Blessings. Darren Williamson (Chair, LTCNW Board of Directors)
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
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Psalm 44:26 Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.
The book of Psalms is the greatest collection of prayers, songs, and wisdom in the Bible. Its rich themes of thanks, praise, lament, and celebration have been on the hearts and lips of all worshipers of God since the days of David. Throughout the Psalms we learn that God desires his people to cry out to him, to call upon Him, to find refuge in Him. We learn that the way of the righteous is good and the way of the wicked is perishing, regardless of how things may seem at times. We learn that the spiritual person can be honest with God in prayer, should humbly submit to His ways, and stand in awe of His majesty.
We also learn much about God’s character, particularly that he is a mighty deliverer who delights in coming to aid of those who boldly call upon his name. Our theme this year is Rescued and it points us to the fundamental truth about our relationship with the God of the Bible. We all are perishing apart from his steadfast love and mercy and this theme runs through the entire book of Psalms. Specifically, our theme verse, Psalm 44:23-26, expresses an urgent cry for the Lord’s deliverance. After recounting difficulties experienced by the children of God, the Psalmist writes:
Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
25 We are brought down to the dust;
May we all this year be richly blessed by dwelling in the Psalms. May our vocabulary of praise, worship, lament, prayer, and devotion be enhanced through our encounter with this wonder portion of God’s word. And, in years to come when we and our children need God’s help, may we have the boldness and confidence to cry out for His hand to rescue us. And then, with thankfulness and praise may we let the world know that we are a people who have been RESCUED.
Dates: April 17-19, 2020
Friday evening and Saturday morning
Richland High School
Saturday afternoon and Sunday
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