Litany for Commissioning Youth Workers


By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman


This litany was used on September 17, 2000



Leader		All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting
		and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly
		equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

All		How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I
		gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
		Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:103-105).

Leader		The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of
		the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes ... The ordinances of the LORD
		are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than
		much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By
		them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward (Psalm
		19:8-11).

All		Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to
		your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell (Psalm 43:3).

Leader		For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged
		sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it
		judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

All		Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth
		and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long
		(Psalm 25:4-5).

Leader		The Lord says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I
		will counsel you and watch over you" (Psalm 32:8).

All		Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an
		undivided heart, that I may fear your name (Psalm 86:11).

Leader		It was (God) who gave ... teachers, to prepare God's people for works of
		service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in
		the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature,
		attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13).

All		Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and
		blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and
		craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming (Ephesians 4:14).
		We will pay careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard and are taught,
		so that we do not drift away (Hebrews 2:1).

Leader		In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the
		dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give those of you who
		are youth leaders and teachers this charge: Teach the Word ... with great
		patience and careful instruction (2 Timothy 4:1-2).

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).

Congregation	In everything set us an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show
		integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned ...
		(Titus 2:7-8).

Youth Workers	We will teach what is in accord with sound doctrine (Titus 2:1).

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).

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