May 2018
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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

In this issue you will find:

 info on new pricing structure for Reformed Worship
•  new blogs on worship
•  articles and ideas from the archives
•  notice board

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Worship as Salvation History

By Ron Rienstra

“Liturgy connects the Church with the history of salvation…it unites the Church of all places and times around the permanently decisive magnalia Dei.” (This post is part one of a three-part article “Three Theological Themes for Worship,” a condensation of a presentation given at the 2018 Symposium on Worship. This series explores Jean-Jacques von Allmen’s most generative insights and considers how they might shape the worship we prepare and lead today.) Read more

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Worship as Threat and Promise

By Ron Rienstra

“The life of the Church pulsates like the heart by systole and diastole. As the heart is for the animal body, so [worship] is for church life a pump which sends into circulation and draws it in again, it claims and it sanctifies. (This post is the concluding part of a three-part article “Three Theological Themes for Worship,” a condensation of a presentation given at the 2018 Symposium on Worship.) 
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Worship as Manifestation of the Church

By Ron Rienstra

“The church is not fundamentally an institution or organism. It is fundamentally a liturgical assembly—emerging out of and living into a story—the story told in worship.” (This post is part two of a three-part article “Three Theological Themes for Worship,” a condensation of a presentation given at the 2018 Symposium on Worship.)  Read more


Speaking Well in Worship about Mental Illnesses: A Beginner’s Guide to Language and Resources

By Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet

Everyone is an image-bearer of God, known and loved by God. Our language in liturgies and preaching can make clear that nothing can take away our personhood or remove the imago Dei from us.  Read more

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The Nicene Creed for Trinity Sunday

By P.J. Southam

A responsive reading based on Scripture and the Nicene Creed for Trinity Sunday (May 27 in 2018). Read more

One in the Spirit: Involving persons with disabilities in worship

By Dr. Thomas B. Hoeksema

By neglecting to include persons with disabilities, the church impoverishes itself. Read more

Helping Kids Understand Worship Through Music: Ideas and Encouragement for Those Who Lead Children's Choirs

By Judy Britts

This article focuses on how the music we choose can be a teaching tool for children to understand worship—and at the same time, how it can help them lead the whole congregation in worship. Read more

There are more resources on Pentecost and Trinity Sunday available from the Reformed Worship website. You may also browse specific themes or seasons of the church year at


  • A Mental Illness Infographic — Too many people in churches keep quiet about their own or their loved one's mental health challenges. The infographic from the University of Southern California School of Social Work lays out a few of the facts about us.
  • Role-Based Tips for Inclusive Congregations — No matter what part you play in your congregation, you can help to widen the welcome in your congregation for persons at all abilities.
  • Eucharistic Prayer for Trinity Sunday, Year B — An Eucharistic prayer for Trinity Sunday published by PCUSA
  • A Service Celebrating Graduation — Graduating from high school or college is an important rite of passage. Many congregations want to honor their own graduating seniors in the context of the worship gathering, blessing them and thanking God for divine care and guidance.
  • Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth — Join with Marianne Meye Thompson in this plenary on worshiping in spirit and in truth.

Calendar and Events

  • The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability brings together academics, theologians and others to explore the inclusive intersections of faith and disabilities. Presented by the Collaborative on Faith & Disabilities, the 2018 event will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 11-14, 2018.
  • Children and Worship Basic Training provides a learning opportunity for pastors, directors of Christian education, children and worship leaders, or anyone who works with children. The Reformed Church of Kinnelon in New Jersey will host the next training session on June 22-23, 2018.
  • "Sacred Song and the Public Square" is the theme of the 2018 annual conference of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, held in St. Louis, Missouri, July 15-19, 2018.
  • The theme for the Association for Reformed & Liturgical Worship (AR&LW) 2018 Conference & Annual Meeting is “Worship Matters: Word, Sacrament & Song.” This three-day event is held at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, July 22-24, 2018.
  • Worship Leader Boot Camp is an intensive 24-hour training experience for student worship leaders and student worship teams. Held at the Samford University campus in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 27-28, 2018, the registration closes July 6, 2018.

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