Planning Communion with Youth


This past Sunday was “Youth Sunday” at Fourth Church. Our eighth grade confirmation class planned the liturgy and led the 11:00 service and our high school students led the 9:30 service. While the confirmation class has long planned and led a worship service at Fourth, this is only the second year we have had youth […]

What to do with “Sisters and Brothers”?


So here is a liturgical language issue that is blowing my mind a little bit and raising lots of questions for me. I recently had a very interesting conversation with a member of my church who has a transgender sibling. Because her sibling does not fully identify with either gender, she made a point of […]

20 Things, Luck, Derrick Rose, and Gratitude


Here are four good YouTube videos I used in our youth worship service yesterday. Kid President is just straight up funny and right on target. I used this at the very beginning of the service to get people to think about things we should say more often and to make the point that worship helps […]

In One Week: Electric Chapel


Several years ago I organized three U2charist worship events at Fourth Church (one of which was covered by the Christian Century). Those were meaningful and fun, but didn’t really appeal to my target audience of youth as much as they did to adults my age or older. Ever since then I’ve been looking for an […]

Have You Ever Participated in an Agape Feast?


In connection to some other related projects, I’m working on an exploration of the Agape feast as a pre-Christendom practice that may well serve certain needs of our post-Christendom context. (More on this later.) I’ve tracked down Agape liturgies in the following worship books: The 1972 Presbyterian Worshipbook The United Methodist Book of Worship The […]