I am a self-professed worship geek, nerd, or wonk (chose your term). In other words, I love to talk about, participate in, and lead worship. I currently serve as the Director of Worship Ministries for the Christian Reformed Church.
I took my first worship class in 1990 at Kuyper College (Reformed Bible College when I went there), which was a major “aha” moment in my life. After graduating from Kuyper with a Bachelor of Religious Education I continued to study music at Calvin College and graduated from there with a BA in Music Education. During those years I worked with developmentally challenged individuals of all ages, began an inner city youth ministry with a group of young adults, and worked with established church ministries. After graduating I taught highschool Music, Bible, and History for a year before becoming a youth director at a Covenant CRC in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
God continued to lead me this time to seminary and I wondered how God was going to bring all these experiences together. When I graduated with an MDiv from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2003, that question was answered with a call to serve as music and worship editor for Faith Alive Christian Resources. As the music editor I edited the music for educational curriculums, Friendship Ministries, and 7 songbooks including Lift Up Your Hearts. This means that I got to be in conversation with people as we together talk about and discern what various groups within the church and the church as a whole needs to sing to express their joys, sorrows, prayers, and praises. It is a great honor to have been able to serve the church in this way, to listen, and then mould a songbook. As the worship editor I have worked on several projects including the quarterly journal Reformed Worship. As a worship planner I relied on RW to provide me with thoughtful articles and useful resources and as an editor my challenge is to continue doing so, relying on the readers themselves to share of their treasury of creative gifts. Again I got to listen to the churches, take the gifts given and mould them into a useful tool for the church.
I am grateful for the privilege I know have to serve the CRC in a new way as Director of Worship Ministries. For more information on what that is all about check out our developing website at crcna.org/worship.
Worship Resources for Trinity Sunday and Memorial Day (May 27, 2018).
Are you an Organist, Volunteer or Professional Musician, Worship Planner, Pastor, Visual Artist, Children/Youth Leader, or Worshiper? If so, this conference is designed for you!
Below you will find a document which lists all the songs we sang at Synod 2017, along with where you can find them, the service outlines, and the banner images used on the PowerPoint.
Here are worship resources and prayers for refugees and immigrants that have been culled from the archives of Reformed Worship.
I was reading a Worship article in the Calvary CRC newsletter (Edina, MN) when the following headline caught my eye: Blessings in Service: Elder and Deacon Stories.
I was blessed by the worship brought in word and song. However, it was the preparation around the children leaving for Children and Worship that will remain in my memory.
We talk about what to sing, how loud the drums should be, how fast the organist plays, and more. But what about conversations around the deep meaning and purpose of worship?
When it comes to paying our congregational musicians, most churches are faced with a couple different scenarios. Has your church wrestled with this question?
If you'd like to learn more or find resources on Blue Christmas, Longest Night services, or lament during Advent consider these articles and resources from Reformed Worship published by Worship...
Thanks for these thoughtful comments!
We really appreciated this devotional last year. We printed off and hung all the Jesse Tree ornaments on a bare branch and hope to do the same again this coming year.
Gathering twice on Sunday with a preaching service in the morning and a teaching service (on the catechism) in the afternoon or evening was the practice in the Netherlands well before folks...
I looked up the position of the RCA and found the following in their Directory for Worship: "Heidelberg Catechism
The Book of Church Order of the Reformed Church in America requires that all...posted on: Is Heidelberg Catechism Required?
Thanks for your question. I am unclear if you are a member of the CRC or RCA. The two denominations have slightly different relationships with the Heidelberg Catechism and...posted on: Is Heidelberg Catechism Required?
You can purchase Teach Us to Pray and see a sample at https://calvin.edu/directory/publications/teach-us-to-pray
Also consider these resources from Reformed Worship:
A Time to Weep--During Advent
Real Joy, Genuine Faith: Biblical Lament during Advent
Light for Our Wilderness: A...
This one isn't printable but I've used it in the past and appreciated it: http://christiancalendar.squarespace.com/posted on: Printable Church Year Calendar?
Historically the funeral has not been a "church/ecclesiastical" event. The Church Order was changed in 2010 to soften that approach but as a result to my knowledge the CRC has never had an...posted on: Funeral Liturgy?