Part-Time Youth Director: Job Description

Youth Director position

Overview of Position:

This position has a significant responsibility in not just leading the congregation’s youth activities but, more importantly, in providing support, encouragement, and direction for youth of all ages as they grow in their faith journey. The Youth Director must have a strong commitment to his or her own faith journey, have excellent relationship-building and communication skills with youth and their parents, and a desire to work with the Pastor and OSLC Youth and Family and Parish Education Committees to plan and offer activities for youth fellowship.

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One Day to Christmas-December 24

DECEMBER 24

READING: LUKE 2:21-33

 21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.

PRAYER

 God of Miracles,

You show me your power by creating life where none is thought possible.

You teach me to receive angels even when none are expected.

You tell me to remain faithful especially when life is difficult.

Send your angel Gabriel to my home and prepare my heart and mind for Christmas as you prepared Elisabeth and Zacharias.

Be with me as we prepare to welcome the Baby Jesus.

Renew my life with his miraculous birth.

Bless my spiritual journey to Bethlehem.

Amen.

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Two Days to Christmas-December 23

DECEMBER 23

READING: LUKE 2:8-20

 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

PRAYER

 Gracious God,

You chose Mary, a humble woman, to be the Mother of Jesus. You chose her as a virgin and sent the Holy Spirit to her. You chose Joseph to be with her and to understand that he was not the Father of Jesus. You brought your Son into the world in such an unexpected way.

If Jesus is to be called great, the Son of the Highest, and ruler whose kingdom will have no end, why did you choose such simple people as Mary and Joseph in an obscure place called Nazareth?

Teach me this week through the coming of the Christ Child that you have always worked in the ways of the unexpected.

Open my heart.

Open my ears.

Open my eyes.

Open my minds.

You are able to accomplish anything with anyone as you prove this Christmas.

Prepare me to be ready to serve at a moment’s notice in the most unusual circumstances.

I pray this prayer remembering the faithfulness of Mary and Joseph.

Amen.

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Three Days to Christmas-December 22

DECEMBER 22

READING: LUKE 2:1-7

1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

PRAYER

 God…I Will Believe…

Born of the Virgin Mary – hard for some to believe

Eternally begotten of the Father – still some doubt

Light from Light – the only light of the world

In accordance with the scriptures – fulfilling the prophets

Escaped the bonds of earthly death – true God

Victorious over sin – to judge the living and the dead

Exalted around the world – the infant born in Bethlehem

God…I Will Believe at the miraculous time of Christ’s birth…I Will Believe during the walk to Golgotha…I Will Believe at the resurrection. Let my journey begin again with Mary and Joseph. Let my journey begin again in a manger at Bethlehem. Let my journey begin again with choirs of angels. Let my journey begin and never end. God…I Will Believe!

Amen and Amen!

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Four Days to Christmas-December 21

DECEMBER 21

READING: LUKE 1:57-80

 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”

61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”

62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

Zechariah’s Song

67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,

because he has come to his people and redeemed them.

69 He has raised up a horn[c] of salvation for us

in the house of his servant David

70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),

71 salvation from our enemies

and from the hand of all who hate us—

72 to show mercy to our ancestors

and to remember his holy covenant,

73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,

and to enable us to serve him without fear

75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;

for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,

77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation

through the forgiveness of their sins,

78 because of the tender mercy of our God,

by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

79 to shine on those living in darkness

and in the shadow of death,

to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit[d]; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

 PRAYER

Lord God of All Who Would Serve,

Zacharias and Elisabeth came into the world as your faithful servants and you blessed them with John. And it was John who prepared the way for Jesus. Bless me and all who seek to follow John’s example. Bless each of us with the same combination of power – the voice of one crying out from the wilderness – and humility – knowing that we’re not worthy to untie the sandal of the Lord.

Grant me the courage to call out to the world this Christmas. Let me call out like John so that the world might stop if only for a moment to remember and understand your birth. Let me call out quietly through my actions so that others might experience you through love.

Fill me with the Holy Ghost. Fill me with faithfulness. I will serve you and show others your light so that they no longer walk in darkness but in the ways of peace.

Hear my prayer and the prayers of all who would serve you.

Amen.

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Five Days to Christmas-December 20

DECEMBER 20

READING: LUKE 1:39-56

 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord

47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has been mindful

of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

holy is his name.

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,

from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones

but has lifted up the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

PRAYER

Dear Christ Child,

I am writing my prayer to you in this letter. I have learned since I was small that prayer is talking to God. I wanted to write and tell you that I am sorry that the journey was so long and bumpy to get from Nazareth to Bethlehem. I am sorry that no one could make room at the inn for Mary even though it was evident that she was about to give birth. I know that you came into the world in a way that defies everyone’s notion of how a king, messiah, or saviour should appear. And yet by coming in such a humble manner, I know that you understand my everyday struggles. You came into this world as a human being would and you didn’t have to. You could have come into the world avenging all sin and wrong and destroyed the creation that humans have corrupted. But you came as an innocent child.

Christ, if you could instill your spirit of humility in my heart this Christmas it will be the best present that I can receive. And if I could be so bold I would ask the same spirit be sent throughout the world – especially to your birthplace where there is so much chaos and fighting.

Thank you for hearing my prayers and talking to me even when I forget about you for a day or two at a time.

Your Humble Servant

Amen.

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Six Days to Christmas-December 19

DECEMBER 19

READING: LUKE 1:26-38

 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

  PRAYER

 Glorious God,

How I wish that we could have all been there to witness the choir of angels who sang out:

“Glory to God in the highest, and on

          Earth peace, good will toward men.”

      How I wish that we were among the band of Shepherds who were able to see the newborn Jesus. How I wish we could have spread the news abroad at that moment in history.

How I wish that we could be more like Mary who took all of these wondrous signs and deeds and pondered them in her heart.

Thank You, Glorious God, for the Holy Scriptures which takes me back in time and shows me all of your majesty.

Thank You, Glorious God, for the celebrations of Jesus birth that will take place around the world in these days before Christmas.

Hear this fervent prayer to bring the true Christmas alive in my heart this year.

I pray and live in your glory!

Amen.

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Seven Days to Christmas-December 18

DECEMBER 18

READING: LUKE 1:5-25

5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

PRAYER

 Holy Spirit,

Come into my life as you came to Elisabeth, Mary and Simeon.

Come into my life through Jesus Christ.

Come into my life so that I can share your Christmas joy with those around me.

Come into my life for I am weak and you are strong.

Come Holy Spirit!

Amen.

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