Doing Chapel with Eric

Tunes: Anberlin, Never Take Friendship Personal
Today was such a kewl rockin day. I’m just luvin’ it. My time at Valley doing chapel this morning was simply excellent. The Spirit was so moving during worship. I’m sure there were kids there that had no idea that God was present, but there were other kids that were singing their heart out for God. At one point I had to stop playing guitar and leading and just listen to them sing. It lifted me up and brought me closer to God.
Then, the total plus was hanging out afterwards for the lunch hours. (yes, that’s several hours of lunch) It’s crazy the first time I went to check out my alma mater I knew like 2 youth there from my church. Since I’ve been back in town that number has grown exponentially. I don’t even think I got to talk to everyone. Seeing them at school was cool because it’s completely different from seeing kids at church. I realized how much I’ve forgotten about what it was like to be in high school, and I consider myself to be a guy who’s pretty “in touch” with youth. No wonder high school kids have trouble relating to adults. We just don’t know their world or take the time to get to know it.
This was made really apparent to me when I got to talk to 2 kids right after worship. A teacher pulled them aside because they didn’t participate and wanted me to “talk to” them. I was really happy to meet some kids who struggle with the system at Valley Lutheran High School, after all I struggled with the system there too. It seemed to me like they just lived in a different world and participating in a chapel service is not at the top of their list of priorities when there’s so much other stuff going on their lives. I really believe youth need more adults to listen and less that “talk to” them.
Overall it was just a rockin’ time. It made me realize how much I miss being in a church as an “official” youth guy, rather than the random, weird 26 year old guy who talks (and listens) to high school kids. At the same time I’ve built some really cool relationships with the youth here and it made me realize why God has me in Saginaw right now. In that vein I’m getting more and more excited about the Kung Fu movie. Alaine has started writing a script and ideas have been pouring out like pinata candy. I think by next weekend we’ll all be ready to get together to lay out all of our ideas to start revising the story line. Psychic prediction: next 50 blog posts “wow, I’m so excited, this Kung Fu movie rocks!” Seriously, once it’s done, and you’ve heard me rant about it for a few months, I’ll try to post it online somewhere where everyone can praise/ridicule it at will.
(amusing side note: the word “blog” in not in dictionary that spell checks this blog)

1 Response to “Doing Chapel with Eric”

  1. 1 fly April 14, 2005 at 6:00 pm

    it is finished! mwah ha ha ha! ^_^ yup, its done, or the rough draft of it anyway. this weekend im hoping we can perfect it. woot!

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