These next few Sunday nights for the middle school program we are going to talk about being “called". Jesus calling others is something that happened all the time in the Gospel whether it was Jesus calling his disciples to follow him or Jesus calling his friend Lazarus out of the grave. In Matthew 4 Jesus calls his first disciples:
"While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”[a] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."
Every day we are given the opportunity to respond whether its when you get cut off by that other car in traffic or in between classes when someone yells your name down the hall. When God calls to us we are given the opportunity to respond and many times our responses can look very different than other peoples. One of the ways we respond to God is in Worship. We talked about how we use prayers in worship to respond to God and since youth Sunday is right around the corner the Middle School Students had the awesome opportunity to create the liturgy for the service. We were able to talk about how the students are a part of the Body of Christ and the spirit can work through them in writing these prayers.
o we broke off into our small groups and each group was given a specific prayer to write.
Call To Worship (6th grade Boys)
Prayers of the People (6th Grade Girls)
Prayer of Dedication (7th grade Boys)
Prayer of Confession (7th Grade Girls)
Affirmation of Faith (8th Grade Boys)
Assurance of Forgiveness (8th Grade Girls)
Here are a few of the Prayers.
Prayers of the People
Prayer of Confession
Call to Worship
Assurance of Pardon
... and of course the night wouldn't be complete without some kind of picture of the organized chaos that is GAMES.