Becoming Invisible

“He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease” – John 3:30

My favourite worship leader is Matt Maher.  Among the many reasons why (in no particular order):  he’s a brilliant musician, he’s an intelligent writer and storyteller, he has a profound understanding of church, he’s a lot of fun to be around, he’s Catholic, he’s Canadian, he’s been a long-time friend to both the Archdiocese of Vancouver and to me, and we’re the same age.

Among his many endearing and inspiring qualities is his humility.  He always ensures that the worship is about Him and not him.  I’ve seen him leading 18,000 youth in spirited praise only to quietly walk off the stage without fanfare so as to not interrupt the worship.  Matt doesn’t need the adulation…and when he does receive it he is quick to direct it all to God.

Matt literally and figuratively becomes invisible when he leads worship.  And it’s a beautiful thing.

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In Good Hands

This morning I sat in the dentist’s chair as he scraped, drilled, and picked among other things.  I knew what the end result was to be…however I had no clue how he was going to get there.  I tried my best to just relax and trust him (and pray that I didn’t hear any of these things come from his mouth).  In essence, I placed the fate of my teeth in his hands.

Such is what parents do with us in our youth ministries: they put the spiritual well-being of their children in our hands.  Not completely and exclusively of course, as we youth ministers are supposed to complement and supplement the faith formation that is hopefully taking place at home (and in some cases at school).

But while their kids are at our youth gathering, prayer group, or service outing…the buck stops with us.  For better or for worse.

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Spirit Day 2012 Promo Video: “Almighty”

Here’s the official promo for Spirit Day 2012 – the largest annual Catholic youth rally in BC.

Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It will be held on November 3 and 4 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.

The theme for this year’s event is “Almighty” – a recognition of God’s power and strength.  For God and with God, all things are possible.

Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and Josh Blakesley and Band as our music ministers.

Video created by Chris Estrella.

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Spirit Day 2012 Music Video: “Almighty” by God’s Direction (Parody of One Direction)

Here’s the music video for Spirit Day 2012, themed “Almighty”.

Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It will be held on November 3 and 4 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.

The theme for this year’s event is “Almighty” – a recognition of God’s power and strength.  For God and with God, all things are possible.

Sean’s Blog: How a Lockout Will Make Me a Better Student

With less than a week to go before the September 15 deadline, a lockout seems certain.  As a huge sports fan and Canucks fan, I look forward to the NHL season every year.  Therefore, I will really miss the NHL if there is a shortened season.  But I guess there is a bright side to a lockout:  I’ll be able to get my priorities straight and I will likely become a better student.

Instead of watching the Canucks on TV every second night or so, I can study.  I will be able to improve on my least favourite subjects like Science and Social Studies while maintaining my love for recess, lunch and PE.  Also, I won’t go to as many games with my Dad.  While I realize how lucky I am to go to games, my grades will certainly get better.  I’ll be home more and not taking 4 hour chunks to get to and from the arena.  I’ve actually taken my textbooks to a game before and I studied during the intermission.  I went from screaming to studying, booing to writing, and chanting to reading.

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