The Deep End
Prayer of Praise
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to explore the prayer of praise and to help the youth see the importance of directing our lives to praising God through our heart and our actions.
About this night
This night will be an invitation to “dive into the deep” through the prayer of praise. Praise is a way of praying that acknowledges God is God and we are God’s children. Praise is our appropriate response to God’s gracious blessings in our lives. Praise is unlike any other form of prayer because there are no written words to follow; praise gives each person the freedom to love God in the way they desire. Praise is just one of the many beautiful forms of prayer that the Church gives us. It is a powerful form of prayer that allows us to completely focus on the Lord’s goodness. Praise is the only appropriate response to the blessings that God has given us. The prayer of praise is simply a beautiful exchange between the Almighty God and His children. During this night, not only will we dive into the topic of praise, but we will also have an opportunity to actually praise together as a community!
This night will be set up with a swimming pool theme, and it will begin with some classic pool games such as “Marco Polo” and “Sharks and Minnows.” The whole group will be involved in the games. From the icebreakers, the night will transition into the Proclaim teaching on the prayer of praise. During small groups, the youth will have a discussion about praise and then brainstorm as many characteristics about God that they can think. Following small groups, the large group will gather again for the Send portion of the night. Not only will the youth learn about praise, but this is also the time that they will be given to actually praise in a community. This time of praise and worship will be led with music and will allow each person to express their love of God in their individual ways.
Before The Night
If you have a musician available, take some time to pray and prepare for an extended time of worship during the Edge Night. If this is the youth’s first experience with praise and worship, be sure to give a time of instruction and have the musician guide the youth during the time of praise.
If there is no musician available to lead a time of praise and worship, then plan to have a CD or an mp3 player to play praise music.
We are continuing to learn about different forms of prayer, and tonight we dove into the topic of praise. We had fun using the analogy of diving into a pool in the deep end. Praise allows us to recognize that God is God and we are not. The more we enter into praise, the more we experience the depth of God’s love. The prayer of praise is a powerful – when we acknowledge God as God. Praise is a beautiful exchange between the Creator and His creation. Not only do we praise God with our words, but through our whole lives as well.
Below are a few discussion questions:
- What does it mean to offer a sacrifice of praise?
- What is one way that we can live our lives as a prayer of praise?
- What were some of the words you can use to praise God from your ABC’s of Praising God?
The entire room should be transformed to look like a swimming pool. For example, you may want to separate the room into two sides: a shallow end and a deep end, and you can hang signs that say “3 feet,” “5 feet,” etc. You may also want to have a lifeguard stand and some pool chairs with umbrellas. Have pool toys around, such as a pool noodle and goggles. You can make other signs such as “Swim at Your Own Risk” or “Pool Rules.” Feel free to be creative with this, the more it resembles a swimming pool, the better.
• Pool supplies and decorations for the environment such as: pool signs, rope, lifeguard stand, chairs, umbrellas, etc.
• Handout A: “ABC’s of Praising God
• Musician or music for time of praise
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