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     You could probably convince a jury to convict me of being prejudiced about this, but I think the youth of our church are the finest you'll find anywhere.  They aren't the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today!
     I love the way they participate in the ministry of our church.  From serving as ushers on the 5th Sunday of the month to operating the sound system on Sunday morning or leading the congregation in worship on Sunday evenings, they are an essential part of who we are. They take their turn in the extended session rotation and show up on all church work days to pull weeds and mow the lawn.
     I love the way they worship too.  Last week I traveled with two car loads of our youth to the State Youth Conference in Sacramento.  It was amazing.
     And it was different.  The music was loud.  I mean really loud. I mean uncomfortable loud.  One band's instruments were so loud they wrestled the vocalists into submission.  I couldn't hear, nor understand a word they sang. 
     But after a while, I stopped being a critical-know-it-all Pastor type and started observing the youth worship.  Yeah, there were some teenagers talking to one another instead of engaging in the service, but by in large they were transfixed.
     After an hour and a half of worship, the speaker rose to preach a clear gospel message and the students responded.  More than 800 of the 5000 in attendance made a commitment to go on a mission trip in the near future.  That's what happens when we really worship, we hear God's call and we answer it. 
     Yes, I plead guilty.  I'm absolutely, head-over-heels in love with this generation, but I am especially proud of the  'world changing ' youth that are my co-ministers in this church.  I feel lucky to be their pastor and proud to work beside them.

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