I'd like to give you a final post as my part of being the Worship Guide for the Network. The Network has been a place for me to go, to be inspired, and to question thoughts and attitudes regarding worship and other ministries of God's Kingdom.
Kevin is the Director of Worship Arts and Music at Beckwith Hills Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids Michigan.
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"Lift Up Your Hearts" has been published and has been available for purchase since May 2013. Many have embraced the new hymnal, others seem skeptical, and others just plain ignored it. So Why? What For? Who Cares?
There is a "Balm" to heal the "sin, sick, soul" of our life. Do we see that in worship? How do we reveal Christ as the one who heals in our worship services?
I grew up in a farming community where the Summer was just as busy as the school year, so church attendance was not affected by camping, etc. But I came to the city to be a worship director and the city church left for the countryside!
As worship leaders, we go through spells on what is good congregational singing and what encourages our particular congregations to sing in worship. If you are like me, you are always striving to strike a balance between familiar, new, Biblical, thematic, liturgical, and pastoral when we plan worship for our congregation.
Worship planning goes easier and with more satisfaction when a calendar with a pattern or rhythm is in view. Four different calendars vie for our attention. A choice needs to be made.
Technology has a keen way of "updating" our life. A new and better program, an updated version of an old application, or a new device has come into the marketplace and has found a use in the world of worship.
Every week as worship planners, we look for the perfect songs, prayers, litanies, artwork, etc, that match or enhance the scripture text or sermon theme. But is that always necessary? Do we work too hard at being thematic?
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.
We Use Ministry Scheduler Pro. It costs a bit. but it does everything you're asking for. And not only that, but your ministry leaders can make their own schedules based on the the availability...posted on: Software for Scheduling Church Volunteers
Director Of Worship Arts ^& Music.
I'm not sure that every Psalm has a setting of each genre. I do know that there are plenty. Psalms For All Seasons has a "Genre" index, so if you are looking for contemporary settings, metrical...posted on: Does Your Church Still Sing Psalms?
We do when it fits well with the sermon text. I also mix it up as far as musical genre. We love some of the older metrical and 1912 Psalter settings, but also have grown to love the new settings...posted on: Does Your Church Still Sing Psalms?
We are going the "Traditional" route since I have a brass group, organ, piano, guitar, bass, strings, etc.
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
See What A Morning
Low In The Grave...posted on: Easter 2018: What Songs Are You Singing?
Karisa: I'm an organist and am familiar with the "Digital" organ world-specifically Allen, Rodgers, etc. I just went through the process with our own congregation. It is unfortunate that your...posted on: Mixing Organ Into the Sound System
I found this to be helpful:
Designing Worship Together by Howard Vanderwell, has some different forms that you can tweek, etc. to fit your context.
CICW also has some articles on evaluating worship for different...posted on: Worship Service Review Form?
The CRCNA holds funerals as such: Funerals and memorial services within the body of Christ should reflect the confidence of our faith and should be conducted accordingly. Such times provide...posted on: Funeral Liturgy?
Message me or skype me. [email protected] I use the organ all the time with a worship band. It's more than a paragraph to post.posted on: Using the Organ in Praise and Worship