Work in Progress
Philippians 1:4-6 “In all my prayers for you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who has begun a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.“
Leader: We are God’s work in progress.
Counselors/Cadets: We commit to progressing in our efforts to live our lives for Jesus.
Congregation: We commit to live lives worthy of God’s love and God’s calling.
Leader: God tells us, through Paul’s letter to the Romans, that we ought to live our lives as a work in progress.
Counselors/Cadets: We commit to live a life of love for Jesus.
Congregation: Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Leader: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Counselors/Cadets: We commit to share with God’s people who are in need and practice hospitality.
Congregation: Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Leader: Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Counselors/Cadets: We commit to not repaying anyone evil for evil. We will be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
Congregation: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Leader: On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Counselors/Cadets: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Leader: It is our prayer Lord, to strive to do our best to live for you every day.
ALL: We are a work in progress. Lead us by Your Holy Spirit to show Your love to the communities in which we live. All praise be to God!
Scripture: Romans 12:9–21