If you have been called out by your congregation to plan the Sunday service, you know that, sooner than later, you must decide on a skeleton or order for the liturgy.
Whom do we worship? The answer: we worship a Triune God. That is, the God we worship is one God in whom there are three persons.
Perhaps one of the biggest objectives for a worship planner is to drive home the pastor’s message. How can these two parties work together to create a cohesive and meaningful experience?
Last year I was struck by Jesus' words at the triumphal entry that if his disciples kept quiet, the stones would cry out. Moved by this, I created a song/call to worship that I'd like to share with the community.
The moment I have to tell someone that their voice isn’t good enough, or that they’re not called to preach or teach children, my confidence ebbs. Who am I to make those kinds of calls?
Use this brief litany as a tool to welcome and engage the gifts of people with disabilities.
Garrett broke the silence with a question that caught me off guard. “ Pastor Brian, do you think you could sing me a song—a hymn or something—that would help me settle into a place of peace?”
In response to the San Bernardino shooting and increasingly hostile anti-Arab and anti-Muslim rhetoric, the Office of Race Relations and Social Justice have collaborated on this litany and prayer.
Planning for Christmas can be tricky for church leaders. There’s a sense of wanting to do something big. It's important to hold onto the traditions of Christmas and also find room for creativity.
It is clear that Reformed Worship is working well among CRC people. It is not so evident to me that Reformed Worship as we practice it is working in communities of diverse ethnicities.
Dr. Leanne Van Dyk preaches on welcoming one another, stating: "In the end, you know, it is really quite simple. Christ has welcomed us; we are to welcome others."
How do we train and equip people to pray for worship? And how do we prepare those who pray with—and for—others after the service?
When we all love other people, we are letting Jesus' light shine in us for all the world to see. Even if there are some things we can't do, we CAN all love people.
We have found Disability Awareness Sundays to be inspiring worship times as we encourage persons with disabilities and invite everyone to joyfully live out their faith with the helping hand of Christian love.
Though broken by sin, this litany reminds us that we are made in God's image and called to love others as Christ loves us.
A helpful litany that encourages and reminds us to see more than the outside of people.
A brief unison prayer asking God to "Open our hearts to our brothers and sisters whoever they may be."
Is your church considering adding a screen and projector? Here are 5 things to consider before moving forward.
Teaching a song before you sing it might not be the best way to introduce it. In fact, it may be wishful thinking or downright harmful. Here are my 4 reasons for not teaching new songs.
Familiarity doesn’t necessarily breed contempt, but familiarity has, it seems, taken the awe out of awesome. Can we still use the word awesome to describe the creation of the world?
In this webinar, you'll hear about the Children & Worship program, spiritual formation in the young, how to get started, available resources, and stories of how C&W has impacted children, their families and their congregations.
Living Water CRC is a dynamic new ministry meeting across the street from Calvin College, led by Pastor Josiah Chung. If you have the opportunity, be sure to check out this welcoming church!
These slides are suitable for projection during worship and highlight Disability Awareness.
Pastor Dave's focus for the summer months at Princeton CRC in Kentwood, MI, was Singing the Psalms. This provided the perfect opportunity to plan an afternoon worship service!
We're starting a new season of ministry. Take a deep breath...are you feeling the need for peer support? If so, join other worship leaders, worship pastors, and music directors to talk about worship!