Mon, February 19, 2018

Don’t Be Ashamed

Staging: This is a dramatic reading for two readers. It is presented reader’s theater style with the readers standing side by side on the stage. It can be read or memorized and recited.

Spiritual Idea: This is based on Genesis 3:6-8. It is designed to be used at the start of a worship gathering.

2. When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

1. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

2. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

1. If you are here and you feel dirty

2. ashamed

1. unworthy

2. hopeless

1. unlovable,

2. don’t run and hide. Don’t lock yourself behind half-hearted singing

1. or whole hearted lunch dreaming

2. Reach out to God

1. Run to him, seek him in your worship

2. He isn’t here to condemn but to love

1. not to destroy but to heal

2. in this place, in this time don’t hide from God

1. Seek him out

1. search for him as we worship together

2. let us pray

1. God, your power and presence are all around us. You’re in the sunshine at the beginning of each new day—and in the stars we see at night.

2. We want to see your miracles. We want to feel the presence of your Holy Spirit

1. Come into this worship service and fill our hearts. Reveal yourself to each of us as we pray, and sing and meditate on you.

2. God heal our hearts of shame and guilt. Make for us soul-coverings so that we can commune with you.

1. Touch our lives in this place. Heal us and fill us with your worship

Both: Amen

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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.

About Nailscars.com

For over 10 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days Nailscars.com 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.