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Worship and Disabilities

Lately in our congregation, there have been many conversations about how we should respond to our members and guests who have a disability, both physical and mental.

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Creative Worship Visuals - Free Webinar, New Book

Even though more than half of us are visual learners, much of our worship is still word-based. What will it take for you and your visual arts team to change that? Money? Time? Someone's approval? A little encouragement? We've got a webinar and book that will help you with at least one of these...

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Take Time...

Taking time is easier said than done. Especially in the weekly life of worship, ministry, and leadership.

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Do We Hear Christmas Bells in Our Culture?

We in the United States are preparing and celebrating the season in the midst of fear, sorrow, and despair for our nation and our culture. Many are familiar with the Carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” it has a “ring” to it that invokes the spirit of the season.  When we read the poem itself without the music, it lends us to believe that the author has a difficult time at this particular time of the year. 

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Preparing for Christmas

This season is like no other.  The rush and hurry of preparing Advent and Chrsitmas services seems to go faster and faster.  I seem to make the commitment of "starting earlier" next year in prepraring, but other things seem to get in the way. 

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A Utility Man

Usually, a utility man is a player who does not get much attention as they are not great players who pile up gaudy stats. Indeed the phrase “jack-of-all trades, master of none” could be used. However, a utility man's value comes in their ability to fill in wherever needed.

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Working With Others

Sometimes worship leaders get caught up in worship so much that we don’t look around us to see what else is going on in the life of the congregation.  I’ve done that.  I’ve had the attitude that worship is about God (which it is) but nothing else should interfere with that particular thing.  There are other ministries in the life of the congregation that we need to emphasize or recognize in worship.

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Celebrating Baptism

Does a baptism service become a "family service" where the participation comes from the family only and the congregation becomes spectators to an event.? Do we as a congregation have any part of the service? 

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What Do You See?

What about your worship space? Is it inviting? Does it reflect your congregation’s meaning of worship? Or is it “just a space?”

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Technology in Worship - Pros and Cons

We all have technology in worship in some kind or another. What are the pros and cons of technology that we employ in our worship? These are things that I consider "toys in the toybox". What "toys" do you have?

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New Guide for Worship

Hi.  I am Kevin Soodsma and I’m the new guide for the Worship Network.  I look forward to conversing with you over a few the many theological and practical topics in worship today. I’m excited to begin this opportunity to work and learn with and from you through the Worship Network.

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Avoid The Strike Out

Sometimes my job feels like I'm standing in a batting cage in full gear but Sundays come flying at me so fast and I just don’t know what to do with them. They keep coming regardless of what kind of week I’ve had or what season it is.

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Using Gifts and Planning Worship

When we worship in community, we are blessed when we can engage the gifts and talents of a variety of people to lead various parts of the service.  Some of our churches use multiple musicians, some engage the speaking gifts of liturgists to read scripture.

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Wesley's Method of Singing in Church

We've argued for years about what to sing in our churches, but rarely talk about how to sing.  Leave it to the Wesley brothers to describe a "method" of how to sing. Since Charles wrote hundreds of hymns and John was a minister, it’s fair to say that they knew a think or two about how to sing a song in church. Here are the singing rules credited to John Wesley:

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What Exactly is High Praise?

Several years ago, I heard the concept “high praise” at a prayer gathering, and it was the first time I could remember that I had heard that term, at least the first time it registered. I tucked that thought in the back of my mind and, every once in a while, would reflect on it. 

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Worship in a Word

Can you describe worship in a single word?  In a high school class on worship, students were challenged to pick a single word that expresed their ideas of worship. Here’s what one of them said:

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Sharing Symposium

If you attended Symposium, here is your opportunity to post a quick reflection or share an idea.  If you didn't get to go--like me--here's your chance to step up to the bulletin board and read what others in our churches are learning and practicing.  Let's learn and grow together!

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Calvin Symposium On Worship - Live Webcast

The Calvin Symposium on Worship is a three-day conference sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching. This year the symposium will explore praying and worshiping through the psalms.

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On the Potter’s Wheel

In our pious haste to assert that worship is all about God and not about us, are we missing out on what the Spirit is trying to do in our lives during times of worship? What does worship have to do with faith formation?

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Taking My Place

I wish I could go to the Calvin Symposium on Worship this year. However--for a very good reason--my Elders have asked me to stay in Denver at the end of January. So, since I can't go, why don't you go in my place? Take good notes and post them back here so I don't miss out on this great conference.

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Tears at the Manger

On Christmas morning everyone will be dressed in their festive best, but look closely--the slightly curved lips and muttered “Merry Christmas” won’t disguise the well of tears barely held back.  As we prepare to celebrate in worship, let's also bow in a prayer of hope for those who are in pain this season. 

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Technology That Redeems Downtime

Today I'd like to direct you to an article from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship called "Technology that Redeems Downtime." The article gives examples of the ways you and your church can use technology to "support a lifestyle of worship."

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Where Does the Life Come From?

A friend commented on two worship services saying, "One was full of life, the other was not."  It made me wonder where the life of worship comes from and how our worship services can be full of life regardless of the style.  What brings life to worship and what drains our services 

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