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Praise to the God who... A worship song by and for youth workers

We were looking forward to it for weeks and sure enough, the National Youth Ministry Weekend didn’t disappoint.

Over 600 delegates enjoyed challenging, inspiring and Jesus-filled teaching both in the main sessions and in the seminars.

A personal highlight was singing along to Andy Flannagan’s worship song inspired by words previously submitted by delegates. Andy said it was amazing reading so many personal insights and felt it was a real privilege putting the song together.

If you were at the weekend and have any highlights, we’d love to hear what they were.Here’s the song – it may make for uncomfortable reading but, as Andy pointed out when we sang it together – so do a lot of the psalms!

Praise to the God who often seems silent

Praise to the God whose plan isn’t clear

Praise to the God whose story sounds violent

Praise to the God both distant and near

 

Praise to the God who dwells in cathedrals

Praise to the God who lives in the slum

Praise to the God who’s given us free will

Praise to the God whose will will be done

 

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

 

Praise to the God whose world is in chaos

Praise to the God whose peace is secure

Praise to the God who often delays us

Praise to the God whose motives are pure

 

Praise to the God who can’t be conscripted

Praise to the God who doesn't make sense

Praise to the God who won’t be constricted

Praise to the God who will cause offence

 

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

 

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

To the God who can’t be tamed

 

Praise to the God who rations his healing

Praise to the God setting some of us free

Praise to the God who is stopping and kneeling

Praise to the God who is weeping with me

 

Praise to the God who gives cancer permission

Praise to the God who gives all of himself

Praise to the God who surrendered position

Praise to the God who puts love before health

 

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

 

Praise to the God whose nature is justice

Praise to the God who will have his say

Praise to the God who’s sitting in judgment

Praise to the God who lets some slip away

 

Praise to the God who loves Trump and Theresa

Praise to the God who hates lying and greed

Praise to the God who is taking a knee now

Praise to the God who is taking the lead

 

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

 

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Hallelujah

To the God who can’t be tamed

 

You are God, and we are not

You are God, and we are not

 

Praise to the God who suffers in mourning

Praise to the God who reigns without end

Praise to the God who moves without warning

Praise to the God I can’t comprehend

 

Praise to the God who often is hiding

Praise to the God who is seeking the lost

Praise to the God who swallowed his pride and

Praise to the God who would hang on a cross

 

Praise to the God whose kingdom is coming

Praise to the God who’s biding his time

Praise to the God whose welcome comes running

Praise to the God with patience sublime

 

Praise to the God who is holding the tension

Praise to the God of both autumn and spring

Praise to the God of this glorious invention

Praise to the God who renews the whole thing

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