Day 40, June 6.
(This prayer will be read during the Youth Commissioning at Opening Worship of CTC 2010 Annual Conference at 7pm at FUMC Fort Worth. Please join us there if you are able!)
Leader: Get the word out. Teach all these things.
All: Awesome God, we give You thanks! We thank You for the grace and the guidance that you have poured out for us over the past 40 days. We thank you for allowing the word to get out! We thank you for allowing the youth of the Central Texas Conference to grow in connection as we have taught and prayed about our ministries!
Leader: And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.
All: God, we pray this night as youth, youth workers, youth volunteers, and youth supporters of the Central Texas Conference. We ask for strength as we live, so that we might worship and witness You through our word, our demeanor, our love, our faith, and our integrity.
Leader: Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching.
All: Lord we ask that you allow the experience of constant prayer over the last 40 days to stay with us. Allow us to not grow tired as we continue to grow as individuals and as a connected Church. Lord, we know continued growth can only happen if we continue to be in prayer, continue reading Scripture, and continue to teach and be there for our brothers and sisters.
Leader: And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed-keep that dusted off and in use.
Adults: Lord, tonight as we prepare to lay hands on the youth of the Central Texas Conference who are going to be engaging in missions this summer, allow your spirit to fill this place, so that they might feel comfort and empowerment as they go out this summer Loving their Neighbors and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
Youth: Lord, open our hearts and minds tonight as we feel your presence through the laying on of hands. And prepare us as we go out this summer Loving our Neighbors and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
(adapted from 1Timothy 4:11-14 as written in The Message)