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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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
God used words and images to tell the story of his love and presence to his people. In many of our churches, we are comfortable using words in worship, but imagery seems more difficult. What are some of the images that can be used in worship to help convey the message of God
Christmas Eve is about children, costumes, choirs, carols, candles, and candy canes and coordinators. Behind the scenes of our Christmas Eve pageants or dramas are volunteers or staff who have their own families and personal events to plan.
Canadian Thanksgiving is barely passed and US Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Worship planners put so much work into helping other people give thanks during this season, but how good are we at being thankful both to God and to the many people who help us do our jobs?
We CRC folk might hold tightly to our traditions, but one of our most treasured traditions is to change . . . to allow ourselves to be reformed, re-shaped, renewed by God in our personal lives and in our corporate worship. How does your congregation navigate worship changes?
Call it ‘heavenly’ worship planning, if you will. Some worship leaders and pastors dock their worship plans in the cloud, inviting other worship leaders to contribute to the plan—all contributing to the same document without having to drive over to church for yet another meeting.