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Theme for 2018-2019: Be a Blessing

Theme Verse for 2018-2019

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8

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Cadet Sunday 2018-19: Be A Blessing

Depending on the size of your Cadet club you may wish to have all previous cadets and counselors in the congregation join with the cadets/counselors for their parts. Scripture passages are taken from the New International Version: 2 Cor 9:8, Acts 20:35, 2 Cor 9:7, John 14:15, 1 John 4:21

Leader: Be a blessing. We have been blessed with riches and talents, which we can use to bless others. We are told in our theme verse that, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” There are many ways we, as Christians, can be a blessing in this world.

Cadets/Counselors: We can bless people by sharing our abundance with them.

Congregation: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Cadets/Counselors: How should we give?

Congregation: “… give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Leader: We have received much and we are thankful for this. We respond to God with love.

Cadets/Counselors: Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.”

Congregation: “Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

Leader: The world and the communities around us are blessed when they see God’s love shown through each of us, His people.

All: We are called to live our Christian lives in love, so that the world will know we are Christians by our love.


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, having been richly blessed by God, must now go out and be a blessing to others. Try to pick your church’s favorite.

Reminder that being listed here does not give permission to print or project music, your church must still have the rights to do so.

We Receive Your Blessing:  Grace Moes, Natasha Moes    (official GEMS theme song for 2018-19: Be a Blessing)

Make Me A Channel of Your Peace: St. Francis of Assisi

They Will Know We Are Christians: Peter Scholtes

This Little Light of Mine: African-American spiritual

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing: Robert Robinson, Martin Madan

Freely, Freely: Carol Owens

Have Thine Own Way, Lord: Adelaide A. Pollard

Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service: Albert F. Bayly

Make Me A Channel of Blessing: Harper G. Smyth

Now Thank We All Our God: Martin Rinkart, trans. by Catherine Winkworth

Take My Life and Let It Be: Frances Ridley Havergal

We Give Thee But Thine Own: William Walsham How

10,000 Reasons: Matt Redman

A City On the  Hill: The City Harmonic

Blessed to Be a Blessing: True Vine Music

Build Your Kingdom Here: Rend Collective

Follow You: Ed Cash, Jack Mooring, Leeland Mooring

Send Me, Lord: Traditional South African

Send Me Out: Steve Fee

Shout To the North: Martin Smith

The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me): John Bell

To Live Is Christ: Sidewalk Prophets

We Are: Kari Jobe

We Want to See Jesus Lifted High: Doug Horley

You Are the Light: Steve Fee


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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, (like Cadet bulletin boards in the back of your 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 your 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 fundraising events. The week culminates in Cadet Sunday where the boys of the club participate in a worship service. Participation can take many forms – 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. Be creative in your approach so that those worshipping with you will remember your boys and the Cadet program.