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About Me: 

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.

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Worship at Synod 2017

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.   

CRCNA and SynodWorship
Story or Testimony
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Blessings In Service - Elder and Deacon Stories

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. 

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Worship Spotlight: Covenant CRC, Sioux Center, IA

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.

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Tools for Learning about Worship from ReFrame Media

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?

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Paying the Piper?

When it comes to paying our congregational musicians, most churches are faced with a couple different scenarios. Has your church wrestled with this question?

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Sermon Series as Church Growth Tool?

“...the use of themes and sermon series is the new wave in 21st century congregational worship." But then I wondered. Are all series or themes equal? What makes for a good series?

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Recycled Hymns

Kevin Twit wrote that the hymns our grandparents sang and loved, are now finding a place in the set list of today's worship leaders and in the hearts of younger Christians. Like anything that makes a comeback they are not reappearing in exactly the same form.

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Using the Gifts God Gave Them

Anima: The Forum for Worship and the Arts is a project concerned with including our youth and young adults in worship leadership. Training videos available on their website could be used as discussion fodder at worship committee meetings or planning groups.

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Synod Community-Wide Worship Service

A time of worship for the whole community–a time to sing and pray, a time to talk to God and listen to what God has to say to us.

CRCNA and Synod
  • 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...

  • Charles, 

    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...

  • 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/

  • 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?
  • I posted your question on the CRC Worship Ministries facebook page and this is the advice given there. Big thanks to all those who responded.  

    Carmen Huttenga We used to use EasyWorship...

  • A Note Regarding Copyright/Permissions References on the Songs and Liturgies chart: 

    P.D. =public domain (no permission necessary to use these songs)

    CCLI#: you can insert your CCLI...

  • Thanks for sharing your experience Ruth Ann.  With the number of churches searching for part time worship leadership this may be something for them to consider working with another local...

  • Two other suggestions: 

    http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/listing.html?search...

    https://re-worship.blogspot.ca/search?q=+Christmas