School Theme


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The GNCS theme for this year is Walking on Water. It will focus on the ability the Lord God gives us to rise above, and walk on top of, any personal challenge, insistent urge, or false way of thinking that comes our way, no matter how strong or convincing it may be.

Our theme is built around the scriptural account of the disciple Peter getting down out of a boat in the middle of a raging storm, and walking on the water to go to Jesus (Matthew 14:22-33). It’s a powerful story, and it demonstrates not only that the Lord Himself walks on top of our problems, but He makes it possible for us to do the same.

We are really excited about this theme – partly because it follows nicely on last year’s theme – Moving into the Light – but especially because we’re now coming out of a (very challenging) worldwide pandemic. A theme like this will let us show our students – over and over again – how the Lord is able to lift us up and empower us in the midst of even the most difficult times.

But there’s another reason we’re excited about this year’s theme. Think about the disciple Peter: in order for him to get down out of the boat – in the middle of a raging storm – and even attempt to walk on water, he had to really trust that the Lord was there for him, and that the Lord could make it possible. And when Peter looked, saw the storm all around him, and started to sink, he had to believe that the Lord could save him from going under and perishing – enough to reach out to Him for help.

So this year, we will focus our students, not only on their ability, from the Lord, to “walk on water,” but also on their need to put their faith and trust in the Lord during difficult times, the fact that He is the One they can reach for when they feel like they’re slipping beneath the waves, and finally, that the Lord can bring a great, miraculous calm out of all of it:

“But when Peter saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him…. And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.'”

Com join us this year at GNCS. Let’s walk on water together!



Rev. Mark Pendleton, Pastor, Glenview New Church

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