The first hint that a team of teenagers was coming to SBRM last night was the three young musicians setting up in the chapel. I knew right then that the homeless guests and I were in for a treat.
One of the perks of my job is being able to worship almost every night with our guests. Pastors, musicians and Bible teachers from many local churches come once a month (or more) to lead us toward Christ.
Last night, Santa Barbara Community Church High School Youth Group came out in force under the guidance of Youth Pastor Benjii Bruneel, just as they do the second Monday of each month. While the musicians warmed up, other teens helped set up and serve dinner to our 122 guests. After dinner, they mingled with guests on our patio and in the chapel until the service started at 7:00 p.m.
The high school students planned and led the service. Musicians Carter Hudson (guitar and vocals), Libby Baker (vocals), Emily Gilman (viola), and Dallas Flannery (drums) guided us through about eight beautiful hymns, interspersed with reflections and teaching by Tyler Bradford, Tanner Neal, and Baker Johnson.
The chapel pews and the chairs in the back of the room were full with people of all ages. It was such a blessing to me to see old and young hands lifted in praise, song and prayer.
Thank you, Santa Barbara Community Church, for sharing this evening with us and enriching our lives.
Homeless Guest Services Director