Offertory Special for Teenagers

These tutorials, providing specific instruction for Youth Service Night at First Baptist, are for our teenagers who are willing to serve in their local church. For anyone who is interested in preparing an offertory special in church, please observe the following:

Helping provide music for an offertory can be a tremendous blessing to others. For the local church, special music is important as it prepares the hearts of people for the preaching of God’s Word. If it is planned carefully, prayed over, practiced well, and the right music is played properly, God is sure to receive the glory. And that is exactly the purpose of music – to play the praises to our God and give Him the glory.

If God has given you a talent in the area of music, you should strongly consider using it for God’s glory and not hide that talent. Here are several instructions for doing an offertory that will be a help to you.

1.    Pray that the Holy Spirit would direct you to the right song.
2.    Plan your offertory early; do not wait until the last minute.
3.    Choose a song that is within your ability and talent.
4.    Practice, practice, practice! Do not “wing it.”
5.    Give a copy of your music or print the words to your music and be sure to give it to the deaf department so the interpreter has a copy.
6.    Do not chew gum.
7.    Be sure your body language is appropriate when playing.
8.    If someone compliments you about your song, remember to say, “Thank you,” but also remember it is God who should receive the glory.
9.    Dress appropriately and modestly. Your special is about bringing glory to God; it is not about drawing undue attention to yourself.
10.    If a mistake is made during your offertory, do not laugh or draw extra attention by jestures, comments, or by other communication. Simply, try to find a starting point and continue.
11.    Remember, you are being watched from the moment you leave to come up and all the way through the time when you sit down. People see your face before you are doing the offertory, while you are doing it, and after you are done.

May God bless you as you minister in this area. Thank God for the abilities you have.

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