Youth Playlists 2022-2023

What’s a Playlist?

A Playlist is a set of activities exploring a topic.  The activities might include reading an article or scripture, listening to a podcast or sermon, watching a video or movie clip. Each month we’ll post three Playlists designed for Children, Youth, and Adults.  All of us will explore the same topic, but the Playlists will be designed for each age group.  You can work your way through the Playlists at your own pace throughout the month.

Remember you can always share your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of this page.


December Playlist

Generations

Katelyn Williamson, Director of Youth and Family Ministry

12/1/22

Introduction

The Webster’s Dictionary definition of “Generation”  is a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor. When I think about it, recently in the media all we have heard about are generations. You’re constantly hearing about Gen X, Gen Z, or Boomers. Unfortunately, you can feel the tension in the media between all of these generations. When we think back to biblical times and what God has envisioned for all generations and all people we are quite far off from it. But what can we do about it?

Read

Fun Fact:
Did you know that there are roughly 150 Generations references in the Bible. 

Psalm 100:5 ESV 
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Luke 1:50 ESV 
And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

Genesis 22:18 ESV
And in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.

Exodus 34:7 ESV
Keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.

Thoughts

“Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you” (Deuteronomy 32:7). God clearly communicates that we are part of something larger—that existed long before we did—that was passed down to us.

Generations also extend into the future. “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation” (Luke 1:50). We are part of something that God is doing now—that will continue long after we are gone.

Watch

This is based on the Scripture in Numbers 6:22-27.

When they get to this part of the lyrics, I’m already sobbing:
“May His favor be upon you
For a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children”

There is absolutely nothing more precious to me than this blessing from God on our families, from generation to generation – from us to our children and their children and their children, for a thousand generations . . . and beyond!

Pray

Thank you for giving us generations in front of us to help lead us, and for generations behind us to help lead us. Lord, we know that you call each one of us to mentor in different ways to each other on a daily basis, and we ask that you pour your Holy Spirit down into us so that we can do it in your will, Lord. Amen.


November Playlist

Pray

Katelyn Williamson, Director of Youth and Family Ministry

11/1/22

Introduction

Prayer can seem scary because there are so many different ways to do it, but let me tell you there isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of prayer. Every individual is made differently, and each one of us has a preferred method of prayer. My preferred method of prayer is “Stretch and Pray” and I have linked a video below for you to try. The Bible is filled with scriptures on prayer. In the NIV there are 367 specific Bible verses about prayer. (This does not include the word “ask” when it is used as a substitute for prayer). I’m a believer that prayer is figured out by trial and error, and that it doesn’t always happen right off the bat. It took me a couple years of trying different methods of prayer before I found the ones that feel right to me. Please don’t feel discouraged if you are in this stage of your faith journey.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. If you would like to talk more about my faith journey and how I found my “way to prayer” let me know, I’d love to talk over coffee!

Read

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14

In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
Psalm 18:6

Different Ways to Pray

1. Sing your prayers-singing your prayers is one of the most creative ways to pray. You can make up the words as you sing. It can be a private concert between you and God.

2. Pray written prayers-I love reading the prayers written by Stormie O’Martian. Her way of praying to God has changed the prayer lives of so many people, including mine.

3. Prayer journal-keep track of your prayers by writing in a journal. It is a good way to not only pray but process your feelings and give them over to God. And you can doodle.

4. Prayer group-get a group of people together at your home to pray. A creative way to pray is to offer dessert afterward.

5. Internal prayer-if you want to learn how to pray, start with an internal dialogue with God. You can keep this going throughout your day. It is a great way to get comfortable with the idea of prayer.

6. Imaginative prayer- this is one of the most creative ways to pray. The idea is to focus on the Gospels. Imagine yourself with Jesus walking by the Sea of Galilee, sitting on his lap as a child, or talking to him at dinner. Talk to him like you would a friend. Or even imagine yourself resting in His arms.

7. Laying in bed-there are no rules on how we should pray. I have spent more time laying in bed at night praying than probably any other location. I think there is probably a hole in the ceiling straight to God.

8. Art prayers–art is a wonderful way to connect with God, especially art about God, Jesus, the cross, or some other spiritual focus.

9. Listening-most of the time, prayer involves doing something active. While that is good, a time of quiet and silence is so important. If you have never stopped to listen to God’s voice, add this element to your prayer life. It will change everything.

Watch

I challenge each and every one of you to follow along with this video, even if you’re not flexible. This is a great way to practice spending intentional time with God in Prayer and intentional self care.

Pray

Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


October Playlist

Faith

Katelyn Williamson, Director of Youth and Family Ministry

10/1/22

Introduction

In our current society, the word faith means a multitude of things. Webster defines it as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” We have faith in the sun and that it will always shine, and we have faith in our instructors that they will teach us everything we need to know. We also have faith in the Lord God and his forgiveness and love.

Story Part One

Every year with my youth students, I give them one simple present as they move on to the next phase of life . . . that gift is a mustard seed inside a small vial. I’m usually met with a confused smile and hug while they wait for me to explain the reasoning behind my odd gift. All I say is, “take this and remember to have faith.”

Scripture

Read Matthew 17:20 
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Listen

“Faith of a Mustard Seed”

Story Part Two

Many of my youth when they graduate, have heard parts of my testimony; a vast amount of my testimony is having the faith of a mustard seed. Sometimes the only thing I had was my faith, the size of a mustard seed. I carried one around with me on my keychain to remind me that He would walk on water and move mountains for me. The one thing I hope my seniors take with them as they move on is to keep faithful, even if it’s the size of a mustard seed.

Scripture

Read Mark 4:30-32
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

Question for Thought

Where and to whom are you putting your faith?

Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the hope that we have in the faith that You’ve given us. You’ve told us that without faith it is impossible to please you. But in the story pictured here, our faith does not have to be as big as a mountain. It just must be as tiny as a little mustard seed to move mountains, and nothing will be impossible for us. Thank You for that encouragement in a world that seems so upside down right now that might cause us to lose hope.

Lord, help us to increase our faith by being in Your word, claiming the promises that You’ve already given us, keeping them in our hearts and in our minds to help us live this life down here no matter what happens for Your glory. We will praise You for everything You are, not just for what You do.

In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. 

Amen!


September Playlist

Generosity

Katelyn Williamson, Director of Youth and Family Ministry

9/1/22

Introduction

We as humans come with some instincts that I like to call a “Fight or Flight” response. I tend to “fight” in times of crisis. Something happens inside us humans in times of crisis. Our instincts for self-preservation kick in, and we begin to cultivate a scarcity mindset. It becomes very easy to focus on the well-being of ourselves and our family and forget the difficulties of others around us. We are especially prone to this behavior in times of uncertainty.

Jesus of Nazareth was no stranger to this kind of social instability. He grew up in land occupied by a foreign military, and oppressive Roman taxes made life difficult for his family and neighbors. Yet he called his followers to a very different kind of response. He taught that our obsession with self-preservation, not only makes us more miserable and anxious, it actually creates more of the thing that we’re trying to avoid.

Read

Luke 12:22-24

“22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!”

Reflection Question – Where do you see the generosity of God in the world, your life, or the story of the Bible? What are you most grateful for?

Thoughts

To me generosity is ultimately not about amounts but attitude. Someone can give a great deal and not be generous, or someone can give only a small amount and be very generous. Often people imagine that if only they had more money, they would give more away. But in reality, if you aren’t generous with a little, you won’t be generous if you have a lot. It’s a heart issue. I think that in our society those who have the most money are less generous (as a percentage of their resources) than people of average or lower income. I encourage you to be generous with what you have now, whatever it might be. Don’t be limited by a percentage. Live with the mindset to be as generous as you can, with your time, money and space in your heart to bless as many people as you can, and to impact eternity.

Watch

Check out this video on Generosity from The Bible Project.

Pray

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
Amen.


























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