A Litany for the Start of Another Church Year

P: Pastor
C: Congregation
T: Teachers, Leaders, Counselors, etc

P: At the start of another church year we praise God for those whom He has gifted for service to our children and youth.
C: We believe that God has called you to serve the children and youth at Trinity United Reformed Church.
P: You are called to be models ...
T: I know and understand the importance of modeling a Christ honoring behavior, and I will strive to exhibit this behavior at all times.
C: You have been called to prayer ...
T: I know and understand the importance of prayer. I will commit to prayer those who are in my care. I will also pray for the other leaders with whom I work.
P: Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others ...
T: I know and understand that I must be concerned for the welfare and safety of each person within my care throughout the entire time that they are at church meetings or outings.
C: Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing ...
T: I know and understand the importance of offering positive encouragement and comfort to each and everyone of those within my care. I will strive to offer this loving environment.
P: Be temperate and trustworthy in everything ...
T: I understand the importance of building trusting relationships with those in my care. I will seek to conduct myself in a trustworthy manner at all times.
P: Each of you are involved in different kinds of ministry and service. I remind you that you do this ministry not only under the Church Council but also and especially under the Lord Jesus ...
T: I will abide by the rules and guidelines laid down for me and will report problems to a Council member.
P: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect ...
T: I know the importance of preparing and training for the position in which I serve.
C: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen ...
T: I know and understand the importance of communicating with the parents of those in my care. I will strive to provide helpful and timely information on a regular basis. I will make myself available for open communication with parents when requested.
P: Go, then, to do God's work with God's blessing.
C: And, may God's grace be with you.