Thursday, September 26, 2013

WNW 9/25/13- Prayer & Communion Service

Since this week is Global Week of Student Prayer and yesterday See You At the Pole, we decided to make our Wednesday Night Worship a prayer service that would be different than any way we had ever done it before.  Before the night began we packed our Sack-Packs outside on the porch.  I then instructed the students that the night was going to be different and that they did not need to talk unless instructed to do so.  I gave them each a piece of paper and said that they would be using it later, and that in a few moments they would enter the youth house quietly and take a seat.  We kept the youth house darker than normal by not using our LED stage lights and only using floor lamps.  As they were coming in, the band was softly playing some music to set the tone.  We then went into "Sovereign Over Us" by Aaron Keyes, but did the live living room version.  The theme verse for this year's See You At the Pole, 2 Chronicles 7:14 was read.  Then we went straight into the song "Breathe".  

At the end of the song we kept playing softly while I gave directions for what was next.  I told the students that the piece of paper they were given had an order on the back.  There were three rooms with prayer stations and they were given a random order to go to these rooms in.  In each room as a group they prayed over a specific theme.  Students were instructed to read Scripture and volunteers pray out loud in their groups.
Room #1- Pray for the Lost

-Ask a volunteer to read Acts 4:12 out loud
-Call on 3 Volunteers to take turns praying out loud for lost classmates, friends, and those who attend church to be saved.  If you are not one of those praying out loud, then silently pray to yourself.

Room #2- Pray for Leaders
- Ask a volunteer to read Proverbs 11:14 out loud
- Ask a volunteer to read 1 Timothy 2:1-3 out loud
-Call on 3 Volunteers to pray out loud for leaders in one of the following areas:
            -Government
            -Teachers & School Administrators
            -Pastors

Room #3- Pray for our Youth Ministry
- Ask a volunteer to read Luke 22:40 out loud
-Call on 3 Volunteers to pray out loud for this youth ministry in one of the following areas:
            -Strength against temptation
            -Spiritual growth in Jesus Christ
            -To be a witness to others

After spending several minutes in each room, they were instructed to quietly go back to their seats.  We softly played and sang the song "Beautiful Picture" by The Rose Factor.  We sang the bridge again at the end that says "Everything that is not of You, take it away."  I then explained that we were about to take part in Communion and I read 1 Corinthians 11:23-32.  I explained that they needed to take some time examining their heart to make sure they are clean before taking Communion.  I encouraged them to spend some time in prayer allowing God to examine their hearts and when they were ready they could come up to the table that had bread and juice and take Communion.  We kept playing softly as one at a time they came to the table.  Then after everyone was done we closed with "The Lord Our God" (Kristian Stanfill).  I dismissed any that needed to leave but for everyone else we spent a few moments hearing See You At The Pole reports about their school gatherings.  It was really a great night.  Several of the students shared how it had been a special night for them to pray in groups and to take Communion.

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