Cadet Week / Cadet Sunday

Theme for 2016 / 2017
Get In The Game

Theme Verses for 2016 / 2017

Hebrews 12:1–2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Litany
Leader: The Cadet theme this year is “Get In The Game.” The theme emphasizes getting involved in the Christian life, rather than just sitting on the sidelines.
Cadets: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Leader: Our walk with Christ is more than just a game, but it is something that we need to be personally involved with.
Cadets & Counselors: Let’s get involved in the Christian life. Let’s run the race set before us. How can we best do this?
Leader: We are told that we should “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus.”
Congregation: We want to run the race of the Christian life. We want to “get in the game.” We know that it will not always be easy, but we want to fix our eyes on Jesus, to see His
example and to live for Him.
Leader: Paul wrote that Jesus is the pioneer and perfecter of faith. We can see Jesus and live for Him each and every day. We need to be ready to make that commitment. Cadets …do you commit to doing your best in running the race of the Christian life, to “get in the game,” and to live your life for Jesus every day?
Cadets: We do, but we know we need God’s help to do this.
Leader: Counselors … do you commit to doing your best in encouraging the Cadets in their relationship with Jesus Christ?
Counselors: We do, but we know we need God’s help and the support of the entire cloud of witnesses to do this.
Leader: Congregation … do you commit to doing your best, both by your example and encouragement to the Cadets, to run this race, to “get in the game,” and to live your life for Jesus every day?
Congregation: We do. We realize that this race is a marathon, but we can make it to the end with God’s help.
ALL: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Leader: Together, let’s also express our commitment to Jesus by singing the Cadet Hymn: “Living For Jesus.”
Scripture quoted from Hebrews 12:1–2a

 
Song Suggestions 
for Cadet Sunday
Below are some suggestions for songs (and the writer or artist) that fit this year’s theme. There are many other songs that can help relay the message that we are in this game, keeping our eyes on Jesus as we go. Try to pick your church’s favorite.

Ahead of Us a Race to Run • Martin Leckebusch
Every Move I Make • David Ruis
Fix My Eyes • For King & Country
For all the Saints, who from their Labors Rest • William Walsham How
Goodness is Stronger than Evil • Desmond Tutu / John Bell
Guide My Feet • African-American spiritual
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light • Kathleen Thomerson
I Will Run to You • Hillsong
In Christ Alone • Stuart Townend / Keith Getty
It Only Takes a Spark • Kurt Kaiser
Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer • Keith Getty / Margaret Becker
Lead Me, Guide Me • Doris Akers
Lo! What a Cloud of Witnesses • John Logan
Look and Learn • Na Yŏng-Su, tr. John Bell
May the Mind of Christ, My Savior • Kate Wilkinson
My Faith Looks Up to Thee • Ray Palmer
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing • Charles Wesley
O God, You Are My God (Step by Step) • David Strasser / Rich Mullins
Onward, Christian Soldiers • Sabine Baring-Gould
Open the Eyes of My Heart • Paul Baloche
Order My Steps • Glenn Burleigh
Running the Race • Dallas Holm
Salvation Belongs to Our God • Adrian Howard / Pat Turner
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus • Amy Grant
The Race is On • Michael W Smith
What a Friend We Have in Jesus • Joseph Scriven

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General Information on 
Cadet Sunday/Cadet Week

There are many ways to keep your Cadet club in the minds and hearts of your congregation and community. Promoting your Cadet ministry should be an on-going project, (things like Cadet bulletin boards in the back of church or clean-up days around the church and community) but the organization does provide some material and information to help you give special emphasis to the Cadeting ministry.

Cadet Week and Cadet Sunday: Traditionally, Cadet Sunday is the last Sunday in the month of January and Cadet Week is the week leading up to that Sunday. Of course, if these dates don’t work for church you are free to schedule Cadet Sunday and Cadet Week at a better time.

During Cadet Week your club is encouraged to get families involved by having families visit your club or have fund raising events. The week culminates in Cadet Sunday where the boys of the club participate in a worship service. Participation can take many forms — such as reciting the Landmarks or singing the Cadet hymn in front of the congregation or performing a short drama that presents the theme for the Cadet season. Again, be creative in your approach so that those worshipping with you will remember your boys and the Cadet program.

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