Sun, August 01, 2021

Rhythm to Worship

There’s a rhythm to worship

A rhythm to soft words of praise

And loud shouts of preachers

A rhythm of exchange between the spiritual

And the mundane

Between God and

What we want to eat next.

There’s a rhythm to worship as we walk softly

And sing softly and clap hands softly

As we hope for something more than ourselves

And conjure up in our hearts something that feels like God.

There’s a rhythm to worship

As we pass around platitudes like communion wafers

Hoping that what we say is true

Hoping that what we say is true


There’s a rhythm to worship
As we find the break in the ritual

As we find the door that takes us past false

and into the presence of God,

For just a beat before life comes in again

and the person next to us begins to sing off key

or the preacher loses his place.


There’s a rhythm to worship
As we move sine like through connection and distraction

Seeing the face of God on the upbeat

and loosing it again on the down.

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About Me

I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.


For almost 20 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

So this has become a place where I share the struggles and successes of being in youth ministry. I hope that you find something that God can use in your life and ministry.


Thank you for coming to check out Everything here is free to use in any non-commercial way. Feel free to use the resources without giving me credit. If you are want to republish an idea let me know and I will probably give you permission.