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?
Time has become the most valuable commodity in our culture and its scarcity is one of our leading stressors. And ultimately we are too busy for God. What's one to do? Here's my modest proposal.
Many Christians have a favorite scripture or "life verse" that inspires their vision and mission in the world. Are there hymns and contemporary Christian songs that do the same?
Aboriginal Sunday (celebrated on June 19) is an opportunity for Canadians to learn about Aboriginal peoples and celebrate their gifts! Free bulletin covers and inserts available upon request.
We can all point to different styles of musical worship that do or do not resonate with us. But there is far more to worship and our relationship with God than just the music we sing on Sunday morning.
As Christians all over the world hear and respond to the call to worship, they are obeying Scripture’s call to worship God, and in the process are becoming spiritually formed for mission in this world.
With our music ministry we are finding that worship choirs are a great way to incorporate people of all ages into worship!
Are there any churches that are willing to sell or donate a used, electric organ to Han Bit Korean CRC in Rochester Hills, Michigan?
As much as I enjoy a few quiet moments before the worship service to prepare my heart for what is coming, I’m actually more concerned about the preparation that occurs throughout the week.
It's with these words: "Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ" that I can breathe easier and silently acknowledge ... ah .... 'Home Sweet Home.'
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.
Growing up in a Christian Reformed Church, I can’t say that I was very aware of the season of Lent.
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?