Youth Day & AY Cafe at 10th Street

willis2On December 14, 2013, the stage was set to celebrate and appreciate our youth at 10th St. SDA in Oklahoma City. From the onset, we wanted to make sure our youth were on display and they definitely did not disappoint. The youth praise team set the atmosphere in song and worship as hands were lifted and shouts of hallelujah filled the room. Continuing the praise, the youth choir sang with passion, reminding us that King Jesus is definitely listening when you pray and offering praise for His goodness and His mercy. Our guest speaker, Elder Robert Mathis of Faith Temple SDA Church in Dallas, TX, took some time to remind us that some setbacks in life are just setups to prepare us for the next level of worship. Souls were farther drawn to Christ and excitement filled the house as God’s presence was felt in every possible. It set the stage all day for the further events that later came for Youth Day.

Transitioning to our AY program for the evening, we enjoyed our second installment of something we like to call “AY Cafe”. It is basically, our Christian equivalent of a modern-day spoken word cafe. In addition to our youth participating with songs and comedy skits including “improper worship moments”, we were blessed to have special guests, spoken word artists Willis Lusk & Deanne Brodis-Mends bless us with original pieces that stimulated and challenged our thinking and relationships with Christ. Deanne presented an original piece entitled “APATHY (Apparently Passive Actions Typically Hinder You), detailing the need for your actions to be sure in the Lord, while Willis used his pieces to glorify God and detail his struggle to stay in Christ in an ever-changing world. Our house band set the mood with cool music and worship and our emcee, AY leader Zach Dickerson kept the atmosphere warm and light with plenty of laughs and antics for all to enjoy. As we merge into a new year, our desire and prayer to keep our young people at the forefront with encouragement and prayer to continue to strive to be more like Christ every day.

Story by Zach Dickerson

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