February 2017
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Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord
is not in vain.  2 Corinthians 15:58

In this issue you will find:

•  new blogs on worship
•  articles and ideas from the archives
•  a toolbox of worship resources for worship planning
•  connecting to the lectionary featuring Sermon Starters
•  announcements and events

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and online worship journal.

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Preparation and Not Perfection: Planning
Perfect Praise

By Joshua Friend

When we work to ‘prepare’ for worship and not to ‘perfect’ it, we accept the humanity of worship, realizing it will never be perfect. We are fallen people and God will always be worthy of greater praise than our humanity could offer . . . 
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Flickr photo by WPLynn, CC 2.0

“Liturgical Worship”

By Ron Rienstra

I don't like the terms . . . One of the first steps in my consultation is to quite explicitly reject them. Strike them from your lexicons, I say. Don't use them anymore at all. Here's why . . .
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Flickr photo by Anthony Austin, CC 2.0

Prayers of the People for the Work of the People

By Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence

Is corporate worship simply a place to leave our troubles at the door and refuel in the presence of Christ? Or is it a place to wrestle — in the presence of God and fellow believers — with the challenges that face us in our weekday vocations? 
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Photo by Gerd Altman/Pixabay

Worship From the Heart to the Heavens

By Emily Brink

A Song Service for use between Ash Wednesday and Ascension Sunday. 
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To Lent or Not To Lent: Take the opportunity to provide encouragement for the journey

By Douglas J. Brouwer

Since every Sunday is a little Easter, worship planners often struggle with the problem of how to plan Sunday worship during Lent. But . . . Read more


Idolatry and the Battle for the Heart

By Mark L. Tidd

A series from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday. Despite the prophets' persistent exposure, many of us lightly dismiss the possibility that we have divided, idolatrous hearts.
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Ashes? Yes! A service of penitence and renewal

By Harry Boonstra

Ashes — Yes, but don't bother coming up if it's only a novelty, only a curious ritual, only a substitute. Read more


For more resources go to and search for a term (Lent) or scripture reference or click the Christian Year tab.

Devotions for Lent — Free Indeed — pocket edition ($2.00) —  or Large print — This full-color devotional takes you through Lent with daily readings from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.

What Grace Is This!, new choral arrangement of this beautiful newer hymn from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Music Series. Also a congregational hymn in Lift Up Your Hearts #163.

What’s Love Got to Do with It? How the Heart of God Shapes Worship, by Sam Hamstra, Jr., from Wipf&Stock publishers.

Passing the Faith on to New Generations, an interview on ministry with multiple generations and cultures by Pastor Josiah Chung.

Awakening and Animate — summer training in worship and the arts for high school students. Please pass along these excellent opportunities to young people you know.

500th Anniversary of Reformation Music, Keyboard and instrumental collections from Augsburg

Sundays and Seasons: Preaching is an annual resource for preaching from the Revised Common Lectionary.

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Connecting to the Lectionary


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