On a beautiful Saturday morning in September, over 80 of us gathered in Hamilton, Ontario, for “Telling God’s Story” a worship conference for musicians, preachers, worship planners, leaders, liturgists and organists. We’ve had worship conferences in southwest Ontario before, but this was the first time the Christian Reformed Church and Presbyterian Church of Canada collaborated together to plan and facilitate a conference of this kind.
Dr. John Witvliet from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship encouraged us in the opening plenary address to see worship through a “timeline” narrative, as expressed in Psalm 105. During our closing worship, Dr. Emily Bissett from Knox Presbyterian Seminary reminded us that “doing the same thing over and over” is not a waste of time or the definition of insanity; our weekly worship practices do shape us to follow Jesus more closely.
The feedback we received (both formally and informally) confirmed the value of this event for the folks that attended. Participants’ takeaways included these comments:
- “an affirmation of how to approach the Sunday hour with intention and thoughtfulness”
- “reinforces the concept of telling God’s story throughout the flow of the worship service”
- “the importance of the church calendar to guide life – keep Jesus at the center”
The workshops varied from missional engagement, leading worship teams, working with pastors, and preaching the whole story. Attached you'll find a list of the songs and litanies/readings used in worship at this event.
If you're interested in planning and hosting an event in your area, please contact Worship Ministries by email at [email protected].