It's too late to share ideas for Advent but as my Christmas gift to anyone who will take it (and in hopes of getting some fresh ideas back in the process) here are a few Lenten series I've done in the past.
Hope is much more than just a blind wish. It's having a clear expectation and the confidence that what you hope for will come to pass. Like the wise men we too have hope—hope for today and for the future.
Our worship committee is looking at reading a book together to (re)orient our work. Any suggestions? One idea we got was to look at "For the Beauty of the Church"...has anyone read that?
I am looking for a Christmas liturgy to use this December. Got any good suggestions?
I am searching for a collection of benedictions for worship. Got any ideas?
Advent is a time of intense longing, waiting for peace. Our fellow Christians in Syria, Lebanon and Germany share this Advent Liturgy and urge us to join them in worship and prayer for peace for Syria.
We asked worship leaders and pastors for songs used in worship for Profession of Faith and their responses are found in the attached list.
It's been 58 days since my daughter Eloise went to be with Jesus. We pray her life inspires others and serves as a reminder about the value and beauty of every life, which is why we're sharing her story on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
This year's Advent devotional series by World Renew and the Office of Social Justice focuses on stories about the things that make for peace.
In my 62 years as a member of the CRC, I’ve noticed that we tend to describe people either in terms of the opinions they hold or the stories they share. And these two are very different.
For those who live in the U.S., election day is quickly approaching. Attached are worship services from two churches that will focus on the election with prayers, scriptures, and songs.
The following litany, Telling the Gospel Story, is a reading that we sometimes use in preparation for celebrating communion together.
I can remember even now the sense of awe and gratefulness I would feel as I, a child, watched from a dark corner while the adults in my life made themselves vulnerable before God and each other.
"Women of Promise" is a special drama presentation created by Messiah CRC to use at a Ladies Christmas Dinner and also in worship. The pdf is available to print and use!
The toolkit is divided into sections on becoming a storytelling church, shaping our stories, and sharing our stories in many different facets of your church’s ministry.
How is your congregation observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church? We welcome your ideas.
Looking for resources about refugees, indigenous justice, human trafficking, climate change, and more? Check out the new Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue website!
World Communion Sunday is October 2! Attached to this post you'll find prayers, litanies, and much more to use or adapt for your worship setting.
Why do we sing in worship services? Why not simply use spoken words? For one thing, songs give us language to describe our experiences. We cling to them like life preservers when our faith is challenged.
“When we worshiped yesterday,” he began, “I told the congregation that our ninety minutes together was just the trailer for the movie, a tiny glimpse of the kingdom to whet our appetite."
As we approach the 15 year anniversary of 9/11, here are some resources for worship that will help us come to God with both lament and trust.
Chances are that unless you’re part of the worship team, you really don’t have much say in the songs that get sung each week at your church. What fresh ways could churches get input on song selection?
It happens all too often. . . an act of violence and terror strikes a community and the mayor calls the community to prayer. So who plans the service? This is something worth thinking about proactively.
Does anyone have access to appropriate sermons on DVD which could be used in an emergency if the pastor or guest pastor is suddenly unavailable?
When I picture that mic stand, I'm reminded of Jesus’ intentional endeavor to enfold the least, the last, the lost, and the little. It may seem like that spot was only significant to our friend, but to be honest, it meant a lot to me too.