Thursday, August 7, 2014

WNW 8/6/14

This week at Wednesday Night Worship was a very special one.  We opened the night with a worship set that included "You Are the Fire" (Michael W. Smith), "Because You Are I Am" (Opposite Way Student Band), and "Oceans" (Hillsong United).  This song list was chosen by Shane who is one of our seniors that is moving on to college.  After singing I shared that it was a special night to hear from two of our students who are moving on to college- Shane and Laura.  They both addressed the students recalling some of their favorite moments over the years but also challenging the students.  Shane shared different verses from Paul's writings.  He told the students that they have an influence on the younger students moving in whether or not they want to but that they need to be careful to what ways they are influencing them.  He also left them with the offer that he is always available for them to help them in anyway they need.  Laura shared about how we are to be a light in this dark world, and for the students that are moving up.  She shared though that they cannot share a light that they do not already possess.  She used Ephesians 5:8 and Matthew 5:16.  After they finished, I shared that these past six years have been a time of investing in them as they also have invested in us.  But now is a time for them to be sent out even more so into this world to have an impact for the kingdom.  I read John 20:21 and said that as they go out, we are to commit to praying for them.  I then had Shane and Laura sit in the front in chairs and we spent some time praying over the two of them.  I am honored to have been their youth pastor for their six years in student ministry.  It has been such a blessing to see them grow in the Lord as I have seen them spiritually mature. I am excited for all that God is going to continue to do in them and through them in their college years.

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