Real. Present. God.

More than 20,000 youth were together for the LCMS Youth Gathering July 10-15 in Minneapolis, under the theme “Real. Present. God.” These three words united the youth in worship, Bible study, topical sessions, mass events, recreation, fellowship, district events and more.

The Southern Illinois District had 412 participants from 28 of our congregations.

“Real. Present. God.” summarizes Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” The only real God, the Triune God, is truly present in the person of Jesus. The only real God, the Triune God, entered the real world to save us from sin. The only real God, the Triune God, is present and powerful in the troubles of life.

“Real. Present. God.” takes us to the whole of the psalms. It promises Christ’s death and resurrection so clearly and pictures His kingdom and the condition and nature of all Christendom that it might be called a little Bible. In it is comprehended most beautifully and briefly everything that is in the entire Bible.

At the gathering, our youth experienced that God is real; God is present; God is God in His church and throughout our life.