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The youth pastor and I are starting up a couple of youth worship bands (we hope); one for middle school kids (known as Junior High in the US) and one for high school kids. I'm pretty well up to date on worship songs for church congregations, but I wouldn't mind hearing from everyone which songs will be good for a youth band to start learning.

I'm looking for both upbeat rocking tunes and quieter meditative ones. Also songs that will call the youth to action, to begin to see the heart of God towards those who are suffereing.

Both the youth pastor and I want this to be a time of discipling as well as teaching music to the teams.

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Here are the ones we use with our youth group. We have pre-school thru High School together during the singing.
Popular Upbeat Songs: Everlasting God, Mighty to Save
Quiet meditative songs: Once Again, Here I am to Worship
Call the youth to action: hmmmm Tell the World, We Want to See Jesus Lifted High
Thanks Dave...we're actually using Everlasting God and Mighty to Save on our Pizza and Jam audition night this Sunday.
But Mighty To Save isn't upbeat!
'pends how you sing it.
I lead the worship band for our youth. Here are the songs they're really into:

fast...
Future Decided - hillsong united
We Won't Be Quiet - crowder
Take it All - hillsong united
Overwhelm me - interface
Live for you alone - interface

mellow/worshipful...
you're my refuge - interface
the solid rock - interface
at the cross - hillsong
I have decided to follow jesus - hymn

interface are a band from Fort Myers, FL that has led worship at our summer camps. their songs are on iTunes.
Some great ideas here! I've got some listening to do...many of these ones are new to me.
Hi Rick,
I even arrange older good worship songs for pre-teens, teens and they all seem to respond with a heavier guitar sound than we have in the main service for adults. I love the Kutless "Strong Tower" worship CD. You can at least get an idea of the youth sound of worship from these guys. I took "In the Secret" and played it faster with only guitar power chords and the kids loved the song. Don't leave out older worship songs...just arrange them with a youthful sound.
One Way, I am Free, More Love, More Power(Jeff Deyo), I will Boast, I will Worship(Jeremy Camp)
Hungry(Jeremy Camp)
...you get the idea. Some of the same songs as adults, just arranged in a rock feel for kids. I did do Breathe last week for 12 year old kids.
Heather, I sent you a pdf file of a song called Lord, I live for you alone. Hope it's the right one.
hey Rick.

Seriously check out the band Jesus Culture.... it will give you a ton of songs and some fresh ways on how to make older songs appeal to the younger crowd (they do a version of I Exalt Thee that will give you chills - it's so good)
www.jesusculturemusic.org
Great thing about there website- is that they give you downloadable chord charts for all their songs so if you hear their stuff and like it- there's the chord charts for you.

Other Suggestions:
Our kids really really love:
Desert Song- Hillsongs
Mighty To Save
Happy Day- Tim Hughes
Here I Am to Worship
I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
How He Loves- Jon Mark McMillan
All I need is You- Hillsongs
You Won't Relent- Misty Edwards
Sing Sing Sing- Chris Tomlin
You are my Joy- David Crowder Band
O Praise Him - "
Song of Hope- Robbie Seay band
Walk by Faith- Jeremy Camp
Beautiful One- By the Tree

Hope i gave you some stuff to use!
Justin I just wanted you to know that I joined this site because of this reply to rick's question. The reason is because you are doing John Mark McMillan in worship. One question for you though. Do you find the line "heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss" distracts youth from the Spirit? I have changed that line for fear of the distraction.
HA! Well, that's awesome, man. Glad to hear that! :)

Oh yeah. I'm a big fan of Jon Mark McMillan. I think he's slightly off center with his lyrics (but not spiritually) and it's fresh. real. and honest. and i like it.

You know, I haven't had any problems with the sloppy wet kiss part of the song (actually it's what everybody remembers it as) so it's a memorable song because of that verse. But i could definetly see where you are coming from- and could see where it would pose a problem with youngsters.

I'm sure when i first started doing the song I got some snickers or at least a head-snap (i know I did from the 40 and older crowd- haha) but I really haven't had an issue with that verse. For some of the youth, they have said that the verse actually made them stop and think and the light bulb went off- and they finally got- just how deep God's love for them was. So, different strokes for different folks you know? It's a unique lyric- and it's one of those that really grabs you and when you get the song- you "get" the song- you know what I mean?
I've just watched Kim Walker's version of that song on YouTube (Jesus Culture) and when you hear those lyrics in context, it makes a whole lot of difference, at least for me. The words are poetic and the whole song is dealing with the martyrdom of Stephen. When you remember that in scripture he saw heaven opened and seemed to forget the fact that he was being hit by big rocks, well, that's pretty powerful. Tells me a lot about how overpowering God's love for the saints really is.

Still don't know if I'd do the song in our setting, but I know it brings tears to my eyes when I listen to the above mentioned video. Check out the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoC1ec-lYps

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