Litany for Commissioning Youth Workers

By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman

This litany was used on September 20, 1998

LEADER		"O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth"
		(Psalm 78:1).

CONGREGATION	"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him"
		(Psalm 127:3).

LEADER		Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
		for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).
		And Paul said that we are to bring up our children "in the training and
		instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:1).

CONGREGATION	God has decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
		which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the
		next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born,
		and they in turn would tell their children (Psalm 78:5-6).

LEADER		It is a great and serious responsibility that the Lord has given us in
		regards to our children.

CONGREGATION	The commandments that God gives us we will impress on our children.
		We will talk about them when we sit at home and when we walk along
		the road, when we lie down and when we get up (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

LEADER		To instruct God's children, we as a church have Church School,
		Catechism, Cadets, Calvinettes, Early Teen Ministry, and Young
		Peoples.  We have these programs because we don't want children who
		are a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts are not loyal to
		God, whose spirits are not faithful to Him (Psalm 78:8).  We have
		these programs because we want children who love the Lord, are
		committed to Him, and are faithful to Him.
		Do you who have been appointed for youth ministry promise to be
		faithful, loving, and true in your teaching and leading?  Do you
		promise to be an example in word and in deed for our children and

YOUTH WORKERS 	Before the Lord we promise:  We will tell the next generation the
	 	praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has
		done (Psalm 78:4); in our teaching we will show integrity, seriousness
		and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned; we will be
		examples to all the saints in everything  (Titus 2:7-8).

LEADER		Why do you make such promises?  What is your God-ordained goal or

YOUTH WORKERS 	God would have us instruct and teach the children so that, by grace,
	 	they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but
		would keep his commands (Psalm 78:7).

LEADER		What can we do to help you in this work?

YOUTH WORKERS	We ask for the prayers of the congregation for apart from God we can
		do nothing (John 15:5).  And we ask for the congregation's support and

LEADER		Do you, the congregation, promise to pray for, to support and
		encourage those involved in our youth ministry?

CONGREGATION	Before the Lord we promise:  We will pray for those involved in youth
		ministry; we will support them in front of our children; we will work
		with and cooperate with them so that their work will be a joy and not a
		burden (Hebrews 13:17).

LEADER		Boys and girls, young people, these here are your teachers and leaders.
		We expect you to listen carefully to what they say, to obey them, to
		learn from them.

ALL		"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or
		imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be
		glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for
		ever and ever! Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21).

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