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Kevin Soodsma

About Me: 

Kevin is the Director of Worship Arts and Music at Beckwith Hills Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids Michigan.

Interests: 

Woodworking, gardening, traveling, cooking, baking, watching baseball.

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A Good Place to End

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. 

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A New Hymnal—Why?

"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? 

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Practicing Medicine

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?

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Summertime Worship Experiences

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!

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Why Don't We Sing In Worship?

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.  

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Which Calendar Do You Follow?

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.

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Time for An Update

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.

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Theology and 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? 

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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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  • Hi! I'm the worship director at Beckwith Hills CRC in Grand Rapids.  I am basically the "jack of all trades" when it comes to worship.  I'm the organist, choir director, praise team organizer,...

  • Hi! I'm the worship director at Beckwith Hills CRC in Grand Rapids.  I am basically the "jack of all trades" when it comes to worship.  I'm the organist, choir director, praise team organizer,...

  • Just started using EasyWorship this past week.  It has its bugs, but maybe a little on the operator error side of things.  I 'll be following this thread.  I see people like proclaim.  But I need...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • I found this to be helpful:

    http://www.christurc.org/blog/2010/12/08/why-an-evening-worship-service