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Christian Youth Activity: Candles of Prayer
Christian Teens Candles of Prayer

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Christian teen prayer and song never worked more powerfully

In order to share with the congregation the many facets of our youth program, we used a candelabra and the spiritual "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands". The youth group began by lighting a candle for each of the projects we were involved in. As a member lit the candle another read a brief statement. For example:

Our first candle is for Lu Lu, an orphan, we youth members support by giving one dollar per member per month. We pray for Lu Lu.

Our second candle is for the people of Indonesia, whose lives we have learned about this year during the Thirty Hour Famine. We pray for the people of Indonesia.

The third candle is for our Christian friends in Uganda, with whom we have been corresponding. We pray for our friends in Uganda.

The fourth candle is for Christians in Deer Park that we all will be filled with the Spirit of God. We pray for Deer Park Christians.

All in all there were nine candles and nine messages like the above. After lighting the candles we asked the congregation to join us in singing a couple of the established verses of "He's Got the Whole World in Hid Hands". After completing these verses, we asked the congregation to look towards our youth group in the front of the sanctuary. Nine youth members held nine different signs representing the nine candles earlier lit. The last verses of the song went...

He's got Lu Lu from China in His hands

He's got Indonesia in His hands

He's got friends from Uganda in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

Just as we got to "Lu Lu" then "Indonesia" then "friends from Uganda" the youth turned over the sign they held for everyone to see in order to sing the coming lyrics.

He's got Deer Park Christians in His hands

He's got New York City homeless in His hands

He's got all of God's children in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands.

One more verse of candles, then a repeat of the original first verse and the usually serene Presbyterians were clapping their hands and swaying back and forth. And they even learned all about our youth program in this eight minute event. Try it... your congregation and youth will love it!

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