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Christ is risen! 
He is risen indeed!
 

My prayer is that, despite the busyness of the season and all the concerns of this world and our personal lives, the profundity of those words don’t escape you this Easter season. The testimony of those first women evangelists that Christ was alive continues to be the basis of our hope and the reason we are able to continue to rejoice even in the most difficult of times. I encourage you to take some time to list all the signs of the resurrection and new life that you see around you. Name them aloud or write them down and then celebrate them. This is not something we do often enough, but perhaps it will form habits of recognizing and naming resurrection hope in our daily living.

We’d love to hear what reasons you found to celebrate this week and your best ideas for celebrating both during and outside of worship. You can share your thoughts on the CRC Worship Ministries facebook group’s page, during a roundtable, or email us at worship@crcna.org. Christ is risen! Alleluia!

—Rev. Joyce Borger

As always know that you remain in our prayers. If there is something specific we can pray for or if there is another way we can support you please email worship@crcna.org

Worship Ministries Staff
Rev. Joyce Borger
Pastor Katie Roelofs
Pastor Jeremy Simpson
Mrs. Laura Meyering

What’s happening in Worship Ministries

Kevin Adams Book Discussion

Join the upcoming book discussion with Kevin Adams about his book “Gospel in a Handshake: Framing Worship for Mission.” If you haven’t had a chance to read this book, grab a copy so you’re ready for this conversation with Kevin. This webinar will be taking place April 28 at 2pm est on zoom. Please register here.

Tuesday Roundtable Discussions

Join us on Tuesdays at 1:00 EST on Zoom for roundtable discussions about a variety of topics from worship planning, to COVID changes for churches, to technology, and much more. If you’ve got specific questions or ideas to share we welcome you for these weekly conversations. No RSVP necessary.  Click here to join the zoom meeting! Contact Katie Roelofs with questions — kroelofs@crcna.org

Moments Retreat

Need a moment to recover after the busy Easter season? This is still available!  Moments is a FREE retreat created specifically for you all by artist and CRC member Regina Jupp in conjunction with CRC Worship Ministries. The retreat can be done on your time. It includes videos from Regina to walk you through portions of the retreat, a music playlist to accompany you on your journey, scripture for reflection, and an opportunity to respond by creating your own art. You can choose to spend a week dwelling for 15-30 minutes each day on scripture presented and then conclude with a longer 90 minute retreat on the final day or take a few hours at one time. Truthfully there is no right or wrong way to do this retreat, we have provided the different “Moments,” follow the Spirit’s leading as you journey through some or all of them. Sign up at https://reginajupp.com/retreat to receive a link and password for the retreat.

Worship Resources

Ascension and Pentecost Resources

There are lots of resources listed on the Network for both Ascension and Pentecost which are right around the corner. We also want to hear from you! What did you do last year (either virtually or in person) that worked well and might be useful for others as they plan? Email us your ideas worship@crcna.org

National Day of Prayer

We are called to pray without ceasing and during this year, we as pastors and worship leaders have been faced with challenges that necessitate ceaseless prayer. May 6, 2021 is the National Day of Prayer and this is a good opportunity to call for a day of intentional prayer in your local congregations. Consider hosting a zoom service or sending out a pre-recorded prayer/prayer guide. Let's be in prayer for our world, for our churches, for our own lives.

  • There are several resources posted for the Day of Prayer on the network
  • As many continue to spend more time at home because of the Covid 19 pandemic, consider adapting these “fly over” prayers for use in your own congregation.
  • The CRC prayer team invites ministers and staff to a zoom prayer gathering on Wednesday, May 12 at both 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST. Join in a time of prayer for our denomination, for our local churches and leaders. Click here to sign up for the zoom meeting.

Church Highlight

We are Spirit & Truth Fellowship Church located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-generational church in the Hunting Park section of the city. We are a praise and worship style church with a pre-COVID structure of three to four vocalists, pianist, acoustic guitarist, electric bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. In any worship service, it is our goal to have at least one contemporary gospel song, one contemporary Christian song and one Spanish speaking song.

At the beginning of 2020, we had plans to implement a number of new initiatives. Among them were: forming a small gospel ensemble/choir and singing moree difficult song styles. As the pandemic began to spread, we realized we needed to make significant changes as to how we engage on Sundays. We were not a church who live streamed; we had just begun to record audio. In the span of one week, we were able to live stream using an iphone and then a couple weeks later, we were able to fully live stream.

In the midst of all the changes, it was also a blessing, we, as a worship team were starting to experience a burnout. Our leaders were tired and the well was running dry. COIVD-19 came with a myriad of challenges but God used it to force us to pause. But he didn’t leave us there. Over this past year, our team has grown through the addition of a violinist, a youth vocalist and a new supervisor of our A/V team, and a renewed sense of worship!

We solicit your prayers in growing in our ability to reach more cultural diversity; we have a desire to continue to sing more authentic gospel and musica cristiana. We also pray for continued protection among the members of the teams for health.

Things of Note

  • Trinity Sunday (May 30) is the week where the denomination’s special offering is for CRC Worship Ministries! For printable information as well as a Call to Worship from Psalm 29, click on this link. As worship pastors and leaders in the denomination, we encourage you to find creative ways to let your congregation know how our ministry has supported you and your specific congregation as we worship each week and grow together in grace and in the knowledge of God. If your congregation is taking an additional offering for Worship Ministries we have also provided this image for projection. Thank you in advance for your support.

  • Worship Ministries is growing our social media presence! Find us on Facebook and Instagram — @crcworshipministries. There is also a private Facebook group for acting worship leaders and worship ministers in the CRC — CRC Worship Ministries. It’s a great place to post questions and learn from and support each other. (There is also a public CRC Worship Ministries facebook page which we use to promote Podcast series coming soon! Worship Catalyzer, Jeremy Simpson is working on a podcast series for CRC Worship Ministries. If you have ideas for podcast stories, email him jsimpson@crcna.org

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