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.
Wise is the worship leader who plans ahead! This may not be a proverb in the Bible, but it's true. I wanted to share five worship planning things I do to prepare before the ministry season even begins.
What do you do with new music that is continually coming out? In some ways I wish there was a group that would examine songs and make available to CRC churches a list of "approved/not approved" songs.
For some people – many people, maybe – modern worship styles and spaces are a major draw. But are we missing the retro crowd? What do we offer people looking for a feeling of continuity with the past?
Did you catch worship during Synod 2016? It was a Spirit-led time! And good news, the outlines for these morning worship services are now available to use in your own worship planning.
While Easter and Christmas often monopolize your planning efforts, research from LifeWay suggests you need to be intentional about preparing your Mother’s Day service as well.
Are you looking for a fresh idea for planning worship? If the answer is "Yes!", consider a service of scripture and song that celebrates the “Whole Story of God, from Creation to New Creation”.
I was once told that worship is like orange juice. Sunday worship is the concentrate but you need to add water to week experience it all week. Do you ever have days you don't want the concentrate?