Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
That scripture is not only from John 20, it’s also the backbone to an annual conference at First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, PA, that’s aimed at bringing people closer to God.
For the second straight year, First Lancaster held its SENT Festival in mid-September, bringing in close to 120 people to take part in a two-day program that was filled with workshops and guest speakers designed to meet the interests of its participants.
“The goal really is to get everyday people hearing and responding to the voice of God every day and every moment,” said the Rev. Don Hackett, the Pastor for Congregational Care and Missional Ventures at First Lancaster. “That’s what we feel like it means to be a follower of Jesus – just living in a responsive lifestyle and helping people cultivate that awareness and that excitement of partnering with God and things God’s doing all around us.”
Beginning on a Friday, the event officially concludes the next day, but Don urges everyone to attend worship on Sunday to complete the weekend-long experience.
“This year we took it right into Sunday, so the theme Sunday and some of the things offered Sunday are all part of the weekend,” Don said.
Designed specifically for the First Lancaster congregation but open to the public, the idea for the SENT Festival is part of the church’s mission focus. Don, who has been with First Lancaster for 19 years, came up with the idea after attending many mission conferences and feeling that they could be improved....