August 2015
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Welcome to the monthly RW e-news! In this issue you will find:
•  three new blogs on worship
•  worship for a new ministry season
•  a toolbox of worship resources
•  announcements and events

Reformed Worship is an award winning quarterly print worship journal. While there is much for free on the web, the print version is the only place where you will find copyrighted material such as print music and beautiful artwork. We have created electronic versions of four of our print issues so that you can see what you are missing. Check them out and subscribe to receive the full color print issues in your mailbox.

Reformed Worship provides a platform for churches to bless others by sharing services that have been a particular blessing to them. Rural, urban, small, large, traditional, contemporary, or blended we want to hear from you. Consider sharing with us your worship services, creative art, prayers, or litanies. Email them to

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Scythian Worship? Nations and Cultures in Worship

By Kevin Adams

My friend, born in South Korea, now lives in California. One day he told me he considers himself a “misfit.” I was surprised...Read more

Photo from Flickr by Photo4jenifer

Worship and Learning

By Joy Engelsman

Learning is an integral part of worship in the reformed tradition because it reinforces key tenets of our theological understanding...Read more

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Postures of Prayer in Worship

By Eric Sarwar

Just as we want to enlarge our prayer vocabulary, what might it look like to utilize more postures in our prayer life...Read more

Photo from Flickr by Paul Downey

Creating a Season of Thanksgiving

By Marjo Baan Hofman, Rachelle Hubers, Laurie Munneke

A six week series of thanks-giving along with a Thanks-Giving service and litany. Read more. (Current subscription with password required for this article. Subscribe now.)

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Celebrating a New Season of Nurture

By Jolanda Malburg

Commissioning Teachers and Leaders. This kid-friendly litany is intended for use at the beginning of a new church school year. Read more.

Pastors as Mentors and Coaches: Equipping Lay Leaders in Small Churches

By Christine O’Reilly, Peter Bush

In hockey, being a coach and being a player are two different things. Parish pastors, though, are called to both roles in their congregations.  Read more.

Reinventing the Youth Service: Discipling young people in a way that benefits the whole congregation

By Mary Sytsma, Jane Tiemersma Vogel

After several years of trial and error, the light finally dawned: worship planning arises out of the same principles we use for the rest of our youth ministry. Read more.

Canons/Rounds found in the Lift Up Your Hearts Hymnal for use in worship or with children are listed here.

The Art of Worship, A Musician’s Guide to Leading Modern Worship, by Greg Scheer. This is a must-read for anyone involved in worship, and is available in multiple languages, including Korean, Chinese, and Indonesian. More information here.

Visual Art for the church - quality images for bulletin covers, powerpoint and backgrounds are available at

Drums in the Church is a hands-on guide to the effective and creative use of percussion instruments in the context of Christian worship services. This DVD covers fundamental rhythms and techniques for a wide range of musical styles. More information here.

St. Olaf Choirbook for Men. A new choirbook containing fourteen well-crafted and accessible anthems that will be useful to church choirs. More details here.

Children Sing at Christmas: Nine Unison and 2-Part Anthems for Advent and Christmas. A delightful and accessible collection including scripture readings and music for children approximately 8-12 years. More here.

Christian Worship Experiences for Persons with Dementia.This free, downloadable handbook utilizes six principles for worship with persons with dementia. Available here.

Singing Our Savior’s Story.This new songbook is a compilation of hymn texts since 1990 done by James Abbington. Available from GIA Publications, Inc.

Connecting to the Lectionary

Psalms for All Seasons

Psalms for All Seasons Digital Edition  This new version allows you to copy and paste the Psalms, hymns, and responses into your bulletin or worship folder! Order now.
Psalms for All Seasons is available as an App for your iPad or Android. First, download the free Hymnals app from the the App Store (iPad users) or Google Play (Android users), and then search for Psalms for All Seasons. Click on the title for information.

Lift Up Your Hearts

Lift Up Your Hearts Large print! New arrival! Click on the link for details.
Lift Up Your Hearts is available for iPad. Click on the title for information.

2015 New Psalm Contest - send your original work by October 1, 2015. Guidelines available at the link provided.

Vital Worship Grants - now is the time to begin thinking about this exceptional resource. Check out the details online and talk with your worship teams. Applications for 2016 are available now.


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