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"
CONGREGATION "Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him"
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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