May 3, 2021

Life is a struggle. That’s essentially what Paul meant when he wrote:

“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.”  (2 Timothy 4:5-6)

If you don’t know, the primary way I understand God to speak to me is via situational ironyyou know, when the timing is just too perfect. This week, God sent a sermon by Tim Keller called “Finishing Well” to my Spotify account this weekend, just before our final week of classes. 

To sum it up quickly, Keller, drawing from Acts 28 and 2 Timothy 4, says that to finish well is to hold steadfast to the following perspectives:

1. Life is a struggle.
2. Death is an adventure.
3. History is a masterpiece.
4. The Gospel can’t be stopped.
5. You only need one thing: Christ.
 
 
The first, of course, resonates most with me at the moment. Life is a struggletoward growth, and against entropy. The obvious academic parallel is that we learn by struggling through the difficult, abstract, and tedious work laid before us (or, at least, we should.) And every moment we aren’t moving toward some learning goalwhether it be maintenance or advancement of knowledge and skillwe are losing to entropy, and it becomes easier to forget that which we already know and are able to do. The spiritual understanding, as Keller laid it out, is this: yes, life is a struggle if you are a Christian, because you are always fighting human nature’s tendency toward sin. But, instead of that truth being cause for disheartened spirits, Keller urges us to take joy in this struggle, insofar as it signals that we are moving toward growth, knowledge, beautification, Christ-likeness. 

I have taken some comfort in knowing what Paul paid the most attention to in times of exceptional struggle. He looked toward the people who stayed by his side, and also toward the “crown of righteousness, which the Lord...will award...to all those who have longed for his appearing.”  (2 Timothy 4:8) In these final weeks of the semester, and of Yale for many of you, I hope that you can look at the friends who were steadfast in their commitment to you in good and bad times, and most of all that you might be able to smile and remark on how God has refined you through the struggle. 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
(2 Timothy 4:7)

TNT
Thursday, May 6th | 8:00pm (ET)
Zoom link: tinyurl.com/yscTNTogether (or the old tinyurl.com/yscTNT, pw:Thursdays)

1 Corinthians 13:13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Last week, we talked about faith and hope and how we can be solidifying our faith in God as we transition out of this school year. We hope you'll join us for the second part of our series this week where we'll be talking about love and how we can be experiencing and expressing love over finals week, the summer, and even into next semester. There will be time for vision casting and thinking of ways that we as a body of students can be encouraging and loving each other and those around us. It's the last TNT of the year, so we hope to see you there!

End of the Year Celebration: YSC Across the Red Sea
Monday, May 10th | 12:00pm (ET)
virtual on Zoom

 

As we near the end of the school year, we want to take the time to celebrate together, reflect and recognize God's faithfulness throughout the year, and to appreciate the seniors! As much as this year has been one of brokenness and loss, we want to also remember the ways that God has been with us through it and to prepare to look towards the new year ahead. 

Join us for this zoom gathering full of fun + games, appreciation, and encouragement for the year ahead! 

Please fill out the RSVP tinyurl.com/YSCRSVP2021 by May 3rd (TODAY!) to help us as we prepare for the celebration!

Inter-Ministry Worship Week
Saturday, May 8th - Thursday, May 13th | 10:00-10:30pm (ET)
virtual on Zoom: tinyurl.com/yaleworshipweek

 

Worship team has been wanting to create a way for students to slow down and worship with one another during Reading Week, so we're organizing an event to come together in worship with other ministries and end each day of reading period with a 30-minute inter-ministry worship session over Zoom, led by a different group each night!

The vision is that we can come together as a collective body to pause and worship amidst the preparation for finals. As students start to feel the heightened stress from the end of the year, we hope that this will be a space for recentering on the presence of the Lord.

Summer in New Haven
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For those of you who are planning on staying in New Haven for the summer, Sarah Guan (ES ‘23) and Adam Zhang (PC '23) are thinking of finding ways to intentionally know and serve the city with a group of fellow believers. We are hoping to gather once or twice a week to learn more about God and His Word, understand His heart for the city, meet New Haven residents, and serve + pray together.

This could take on many different forms, and currently they’re very much still in the planning phases.

If you’re around in New Haven and this at all interests you, please fill out this google form to help nail down some of the logistics - this would help gauge the size/interest of the group. We (Adam and Sarah) would love to serve with you :)
Save the Date: Regrouping in the Fall

As we look toward the fall semester, our initial priority is to provide the space and time for us to reconnect as a community and enter the school year with collective spiritual vision. To this end, we have begun planning an extended retreat right before dorms open. 

If the Yale schedule remains as announced, staff will be ready to receive you in New Haven on Thurs, Aug 26 and Fri, Aug 27, and transport everyone to a nearby retreat center. Thursday evening and all day Friday will simply be a time to be with one another
games, walks, movie nights, late-night convos. Starting on Saturday, we’ll discuss and prepare for the year ahead. We will wrap up and bring you back to campus on Monday morning (Aug 30). 

We're letting you know now so that as you make summer plans, and especially plans to travel back to New Haven, you'll keep this in mind. We are so excited at the prospect of being in person and walking together as a community next year. 

We will get more details (and an initial rsvp form) to you during Reading Week. But in the meantime, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions, feel free to contact lara.takasugi@yale.edu
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