Here is a glimpse into the beautiful sight I witnessed while I worshipped this weekend:
- Two middle school students working together to make sure we had light on the candles in the front of the Church to help us focus on THE Light, Jesus.
- Three high school student singing, playing, leading the congregation in praises to our King.
- Four sisters in middle and high school greeting people as they came into worship, directing God’s sons and daughters to go receive His very body and blood, helping collect the gifts of God’s people and present them back to God.
- A high school student, knelt down in prayer with a man at the altar railing.
I LOVE seeing youth involved in worship. And no, for those of you who don’t attend First Trinity, this was NOT a special ‘youth’ service. It wasn’t really a “special” day at all (well, minus celebrating Sue’s Master DCE Award!!!). What I mean is this is not the first time I’ve witnessed young people in action here at First Trinity.
Take Christmas Eve, for example, when a 4th grader stood up in front of the entire congregation for each service and recited, from memory, the entire Christmas story from Luke 2. Hearing the story of the Christ child, proclaimed from a child… simply beautiful.
Or our New Years’ Eve lock-in where 7 of the 15 youth participating had some role in planning or leading a section of the event.
It is such a beautiful thing to see the entire body of Christ working together. And it wasn’t JUST the youth either that made these things (and so many more) so wonderful. It’s the interaction between all those serving.
At that New Years Eve Lock-in, TEN adults helped with some aspect of the lock-in from set-up to serving breakfast and even a few brave souls who stay the entire night (mostly awake) with the students so they could enjoy bringing in the New Year with their friends.
On Christmas Eve, I’m sure there were many hours of practice with those 4th graders’ parents rehearsing and encouraging to each of them to prepare, not to mention the many others who served in that service.
And last week… those students I witnessed using their gifts weren’t alone! Just for that one service alone, at least 25 other people worked TOGETHER to make that service possible… other band members, readers, people working sound and powerpoint, greeters, ushers, and the list continues.
THIS is what the Body of Christ is all about. … each person doing their part … no matter whether the role seems to be “in the spotlight” or no one but you knows it even gets done… whether you’re 9 yrs old or 90. It is so encouraging to be serving and learning and growing and worshiping in a place who values each person for who they are and honors the gifts they bring to worship our King.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” ~ 1 Timothy 4:12