May 2019
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Reformed Worship Receives Awards

At the recent Associated Church Press convention Reformed Worship's June 2018 theme issue on Mental Illnesses won two awards—theme issue and art/design/graphics entire issue. On the theme issue award, the judge’s comment is: “An interesting and well-researched issue . . . included resources for inclusion and offering access to those who may feel left out or uncomfortable. Very good.” On design and graphics, the judge comments, “Nice flow with ample room for visual presentation. Excellent design.” Get your downloadable version of this issue on Amazon, or the print version at Faith Alive.

What Calendar Do You Follow

The Springtime calendar is exciting . . . Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Pentecost, Father’s Day, etc. As a worship community, we ask: What is the role of “special” Sunday, or worship services that focus on topics not on the Christian calendar. Six Reformed Worship readers offer us their thoughts. Note: This password-protected article is available for free access until May 12, 2019.

The liturgical church year and the “programmatic” church year can work hand in hand, even during the busy spring season.

“On the Day of Pentecost: A service celebrating the Holy Spirit’s power,” a meditative worship service focusing on the Holy Spirit.

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  • Ten Reasons to Celebrate Ascension Day If your worship community is wondering whether it should celebrate Ascension Day (or Ascension Sunday on June 2 this year), John Witvliet, our Q&A column contributor, gives us ten reasons to do so.
  • Trinitarian Sacramental Theology “God is active not only in receiving our worship, but also inspiring, prompting, and perfecting it.” Listen online to a panel discussion from the 2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship.
  • Planning a Pentecost Worship Service Pentecost Sunday is June 9. The Reformed Worship website has many ideas, perspectives, and resources on this important part of God’s plan of redemption.

“Even When Steeples Are Falling”

By Rev. Joyce Borger

The Notre-Dame de Paris fire on April 15 caught many people around the world in shock. Rev. Joyce Borger, editor of Reformed Worship, reflects in a timely blog that “Even in the midst of falling steeples, in the face of the crucified Messiah, in our own baptismal drowning we are assured that the church won’t fall.”

6 Tips for Introducing Surprise in Worship

By Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence

Taking a well-tread path is good if you’re avoiding a bad surprise. But it is not good if you’re open to good surprises. This is true for worship planning, too.

  • Awakening June 9-14, 2019. Awakening is a worship arts camp held at Hope College for students going into grades 9-12. The event develops students gifts in all areas of music, dance, visual art, drama, preaching, and technology. Registration is now open.
  • The Hymn Society Annual Conference 2019 July 14-18, 2019. Held at Dallas, Texas, the theme for this year’s conference is “Each Breath Is Borrowed Air.” Registration is now open.
  • Church Sound Bootcamp Summer 2019 August 9-10, 2019. CRCNA Worship Ministries offers a training for church sound/tech operators. Led by a professional team that travels the country helping churches get their sound and tech support right, the event is coming to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

A helpful resource for pastors and elders who minister to the dying or to people grieving the loss of a loved one.
This songbook offers 260 songs inspired by Scripture passages from Matthew through Revelation.

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