< What I Learned Teaching Sunday School: Youth Worship Service

Friday, October 05, 2007

Youth Worship Service

This is a service we put together for our youth this coming Sunday night. The narrator reads all of this from behind a curtain. The room is completely dark except for one candle in the middle of the room. The kids are lined up at the door, each with an unlit candle.

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light"
Candles are often used in worship services to symbolize the presence of Jesus. Jesus said “I am the light of the world” and as you can see, He shines brightly in the darkness.
"In Him there is fullness of joy. There is no darkness at all"

Enter and light your candle from Him. Troy and Nancy will start passing the light. Stand in a tight circle around Him.

The Bible tells us "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden"

"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?"

"The Lord is God and He has made His light shine upon us"

"Let us walk in the light of the Lord"

Jesus’ light offers us warmth and comfort. It provides us with light to see and a guide of where to walk.

Take a big step back if you have ever lied to your parents
Take a big step back if you laughed at some one and caused them pain
Take a big step back if you have cheated on your homework
Take a big step back if you didn’t do something your parent asked you to
Take a big step back if you ever had an unkind thought about someone
Take a big step back if you were ever selfish

Blow out your candle if you have every broken one of the Ten Commandments.

Focus on the remaining light, how it looks farther away, and how with your flames gone it’s harder to see. You no longer feel the warmth from the candle's flame.

If you have ever broken the golden rule and treated someone as you would not want to be treated then turn around and sit down.

Even though you can’t see the Christ candle anymore you know its there.
Remember how the light looked when you all had yours lit facing the center light. Sit and think about times when you’ve turned your back on Jesus and walked away from Him.

Play the Lifehouse song Everything

Stand up and turn around if you have ever said, "I'm sorry"

Take a baby step forward if you ever helped a friend
Take a baby step forward if you ever helped your parents
Take a baby step forward if you ever said I love you to someone you cared about
Take a baby step forward if you go to church most Sundays
Take a baby step forward if you ever prayed for someone
Take a baby step forward if you try to do what you are suppose to

OK, if you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and came to save you from your sins so that you might live with Him for eternity - come the rest of the way back to the candle.

No matter how far away we get from God He is always ready to take us back. WE may turn our backs and run away from Jesus, but he's always there ready to guide us home and give us warmth and comfort. But, no matter how many “good” things we do – that’s not what gets us there. We have to repent and acknowledge Jesus for who He is and accept His gift of eternal life.

Look at everyone in the circle and see how when we're all together we can help one another in our journey of faith and spread a lot of light out into the world.

Nancy and Troy, light your candles and pass the light around.

Play Go Light Your World by Kathy Triccoli

Pray: Lord, thank you for coming into our lives. Help us be lights that show others the way to You. Amen

Everyone can blow out his or her candles.

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