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What's Normal

What we consider as normal has everything to do with our context. In conversations about worship I am increasingly trying to excise any statement that suggests a norm such as, “this song is familiar” or “everyone is doing x, y or z.” For every normative statement we try to make there will be examples where it is false...

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Who May Lead Worship?

Can anyone be a part of a worship team or must they be a professing member in good standing?  What about new Christians who are still trying to figure out what it means to live as a Christian?  Do we expect a certain amount of spiritual maturity to be exemplified by our worship leaders?

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Symposium

So we're heading out to go to the Symposium. Save travels to all fellow goers. Is there going to be a 'Network' desk somewhere on Calvin's campus where we can, like, network?
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Worship Banners

Our church is currently using banners in our worship service that are 20+ years old! They were so well made that they just keep on going! We'd like to switch things up a bit and were wondering if there are any churches out there who would be willing to swap banners.

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New Canadian Ministries Videos

The following email was sent out on Behalf of Bruce Adema the Director of Canadian Ministries.  For other agency related worship material check out the One-Stop Resource Index which can be found under the Must Reads on the Worship Networks main page.

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Worship Playlist

Today we have immense control over our music. But when we come to worship, we can’t design a playlist of our favorite songs. What should we do? 

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Top Worship Songs of 2010

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to reflect and take inventory of the past 12 months.  No doubt you may have noticed top 10 lists popping up all over.  I was curious myself as to what the top 10 worship songs were for 2010 and so I did some web research but ran into some roadblocks. 

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New Songs for Christmas

It is with great courage that a worship leader deviates from the traditional Christmas carols at Christmas but there may be situations which call for a new song. 

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Hymnal Survey

As we work on fine-tuning some elements of the new Faith Alive hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, we could really use your input. Please take just a couple of minutes to complete this survey.

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Media Workshop

Many of us are looking to increase the use of multi-media tools and technology to enhance and make our worship more inspirational. One of the tools that most of us use is Microsoft's PowerPoint, or something like it. Has someone put together their own media workshop that they would be willing to share?

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A Cloud of Witnesses

Can a fuller understanding of the heroes of the faith and the great cloud of witnesses help us rediscover the purpose and focus of Reformation Day?

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Reformation Day or Not?

Is Reformation Day a thing of the past that doesn’t relate to those who haven’t grown up in the “Dutch church”?   Is it something that we should re-energize or let fade away?  If we stop celebrating this defining moment of the Reformation do we risk losing our historical roots which help ground us theologically?  What do you think?

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Guest Blog: Worship Flow

I am not a fan of awkward silences. Sometimes silence is good and appropriate – during prayer or following a particularly moving anthem. However, the silence between a pastor’s words of “And now the choir is going to sing for us”  and the choir members standing in their seats and walking to the front is unnecessary and it disrupts the worship flow.  

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How Many is Too Much?

How many is too much?  How many new songs can you have in a worship service? I know of churches where including a new song in worship is something that is done with some fear and trepidation on the part of the worship planners who also know that a new song can ...

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