Why do you need this book? Because there are treasures in tradition. In stark contrast to the common belief that youth workers require nothing less than a light show, smoke machine, and sweaty punk-rock band to reach teenagers souls, more and more youth have actually been moving toward depth and quietand away from fluff and noise. Creeds, candles, silence, and ancient spiritual practices are all gaining understanding and popularity among students whore passionately seeking otherworldly and mysterious fragrances. Theyre realizing that there are treasures in tradition. The Book of Uncommon Prayer is your tool for unearthing, dusting off, and tapping into these treasuresbut in ways that are completely contemporary and, more importantly, completely relevant to students. Its personal. The prayers and worship services inside are written for youth ministryfor students and for youth workers! They tell the from-the-gut truth about what you and your kids face every dayand in language that wont leave anybody scratching their heads. Its practical. These tools are for just about any situation you can think of. Need a prayer for a lock-in? For family? For loving enemies? For final exams? How about a mind-blowing Dumpster Christmas service? An eye-opening service for All Hallows Eve? Or the most intense service for Good Friday youve ever experienced? Theyre all herealong with many other innovative vehicles for bringing your students into communion with God. Its unparalleled. This book is for all denominations. It doesnt matter if youre mainline or evangelical, Protestant or Catholic; The Book of Uncommon Prayer is geared for all teenagers and youth workers in Jesus church! Theres also an entire section of devotions and prayers written specifically for you, the youth worker, to renew and strengthen you when times are tough. Plus
weve included a bonus music CD in the backEucharistan at-once moody and energetic, ancient-postmodern collection of songs straight from the alternative worship movement in the United Kingdom. Many services inside use songs from the Eucharist CD, and theres even an entire service that uses the CD from start to finish. Mysterious. Practical. Treasure-filled. (Yes, uncommon, too!) The Book of Uncommon Prayer is a rich source of God-revealing worship and a one-of-a-kind guide for personal renewal that youth workers, camp counselors, Sunday school teachers, adult volunteers (and even students) will love.
Steven L. Case has been in youth ministry for more than 20 years. The author of several books, inlcuding The Book of Uncommon Prayer 1 & 2, Steve works at the United Church of Christ, in Windermere, Florida. He lives near Orlando with his wife, Becky.
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