High school

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Welcome to St. Paul Youth Ministry for high school students. This is the place to deepen faith and friendships, to serve, learn, and lead together. From high schools all over the Quad-Cities region, teenagers are drawn to a church that supports, encourages, and motivates them for real life.

Each gathering of youth in grades 9-12 is meant to be significant, transforming, identity-building, challenging, and memorable.

Sunday Night Live

Sunday Night Live (SNL) is the strong framework for high school youth. Live, grow, and serve joyfully in the Lord. Jump into super-sized life experiences. SNL has something for everyone. Gather in the Youth Room on Sunday evenings, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Small groups meet before, and on Wednesday evenings.

SNL is a lively mix of food, games, discussions, devotional moments, and worship. Faith comes alive here. An amazing team of adults leads and prays with students. Each month, high school seniors share their faith stories.

Sunday mornings

Sunday morning, 10:20-11:05 a.m., September-May, high school students gather around one of our youth booths in the Youth Room (on the lower level). Youth ministry volunteers provide topics each week designed to challenge the group and jump into conversations wrapped around God’s presence and perspective, revealing conversations about faith and real life.

Memorable events & trips

Special events are sprinkled into the yearly calendar. They call youth into community and create incredible memories for faith and life. During the school year, youth gather for overnight lock-ins, retreats, evening events, and opportunities to serve. The summer explodes with week-long activities, camps, and adventure trips.

The congregation provides strong financial and prayerful support for the faith adventures of St. Paul youth and their leaders. In the recent past, this support has made possible mission trips to Kansas City and Omaha, the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, and hours of local fun and service during a week of Summer Stretch in June.

Faith Milestones

At St. Paul, faith milestones are special markers along the growing-up journey. Each milestone is grounded in the Bible and nurtures faith in everyday life.

Ninth Grade | Blessing of the Keys: Parents and students come together for conversation about new responsibilities in life, including the ability to drive.  A blessing is said over car keys.

Tenth Grade | Share, save, spend: This is a moment to pause and talk about money intentionally. In this milestone morning, families will begin the conversation about money and examine our hopes and values.

Eleventh Grade | Adventure trip: Students are invited to attend an adventure trip, preparing them for leadership in our community and exploring their faith stories.

Twelve Grade | Baccalaureate Breakfast: Parents and their graduating senior gather for breakfast and conversation about the future.  Students are sent off with a blessing during worship.

Youth Choir

Exercise your faith in song! Youth Choir is for grades 7-12. Learn more

 

High school: Andy Langdon

 

Malachi 3:1-4

The Coming Messenger 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. The Return to Nazareth 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.