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, singing the Cadet hymn in front of the congregation, or even 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.
Cadets Theme for 2019/2020: Hi God, It’s Me
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
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Cadet Sunday Litany
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 NIV. You may wish to transition into having the entire congregation recite the Lord’s Prayer.
Leader: Our God is mighty and powerful. We continue to fall short of His expectations for us. It is only through His grace and mercy that we can come to Him in prayer.
Cadets/Counselors: Lord hear our prayer, listen to our cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to our relief. (Psalm 143:1)
Congregation: From the ends of the earth we call to you, we call as our hearts grow faint; lead us to the rock that is higher than us. (Psalm 61:2)
Leader: Despite our sinfulness, God chose us to go and bear fruit. He promises that whatever we ask for in His name He will give us. (John 15:16)
Cadets/Counselors: God promises us in our theme verse, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:12)
Congregation: We come to Him in confidence. With the psalmist, we say, “We call on you our God, for you will answer us; turn your ear to us and hear our prayer.” (Psalm 17:6)
Leader: We must continually come to God in prayer, rejoicing and giving thanks in all circumstances. We come with the mindset of wanting God’s will played out in our lives. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Cadets/Counselors: Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. (Psalm 51:10)
Congregation: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us. (Psalm 67:1)
Leader: The Father loves us and we can be called His children. (1 John 3:1)
Congregation: Jesus defines our relationship with God. He loves us and He calls us His friends. (John 15:15)
Cadets/Counselors: As His children, and His friends, we can come to Him at any time, and any place, saying “Hi God, it’s me.”
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 can come to God in prayer, and He will listen to us. Try to pick your church’s favorite. Remember that being listed here does not give permission to print or project music, your church must still have the rights to do so.
The Lord’s Prayer – various arrangements
Read your Bible, Pray Every Day – traditional children’s song
Come, Ye Disconsolate – Thomas Moore
Humble Praises, Holy Jesus – Anonymous
I Surrender All – Judson Van DeVenter
In the Garden – C. Austin Miles
Just As I Am, Without One Plea – Charlotte Elliott
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Anthony J. Showalter, Elisha Hoffman
My Faith Looks Up to Thee – Ray Palmer, Lowell Mason
Nearer, My God, To Thee – Sarah Flower Adams
Precious Lord, Take My Hand – Thomas Dorsey
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us – Dorothy Thrupp
Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling – Will L. Thompson
Sweet Hour of Prayer – William W. Wallford
What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Joseph M. Scriven
Blessed – Hillsong Worship
Give Me Jesus – Jeremy Camp
Good, Good Father – Chris Tomlin
Here’s My Heart – David Crowder
Jesus, Hold Me Now – Casting Crowns
Lord, I Need You – Matt Mahar
Open the Eyes of My Heart – Paul Baloche
Stay Right Here – Todd Vaters
Thank You Lord – Don Moen
Thy Will – Hillary Scott
Alternative version of Living for Jesus