April 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:

•  new blogs on worship
•  articles and ideas from the archives
•  notice board

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Healing Worship

By Kevin Adams

There’s an old image for the pastoral vocation; it can be claimed by worship leaders too. It is to be a doctor of souls . . . It means in music and spoken word and Eucharistic invitation we offer healing. Read more

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Blessed by the Blessings
of Others

By Syd Hielema

How does your congregation intentionally cultivate the discipline of being blessed by the blessings received by others? Read More

Worship That Loves and Cares

By Katie Roelofs

It doesn’t matter how many beautiful and well put together worship services you’ve crafted. What truly matters is how you’ve chosen to love and care for those whom God has entrusted in your worshipping congregation. Read more

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Let the Little Children Come: Worship for All Ages

By Sean Henderson

Your congregation will be blessed by [the children’s] presence in the service, and your children will learn important lessons that will bear fruit for the rest of their lives. Read more

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Made New: Ideas for a Series from Easter to Ascension

By Tom M. Trinidad

How do we balance our joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection with the enduring reality of our fallen world? That’s the question we will focus on in these services for Eastertide, the seven weeks from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Read more

Blessing for a Lifetime: An Ascension Sunday service using
the 'Children and Worship' approach

By Kathy Sneller

Ascension Sunday is the final Sunday in the "week of Sundays" of the Easter Season
(May 10 in 2018). Read more

If You Make Room They Will Come: Welcoming People
with Disabilities

By Elizabeth Vander Haagen

The family of God is not complete unless all are present—people of all ages and races and physical abilities.What do disabilities have to do with worship and justice? Read more

There are more resources on Easter to Ascension available from the Reformed Worship website. You may also do searches for the specific days of Holy Week for additional resources at (for example, Ascension Sunday and Pentecost).



Calendar and Events

  • Worship as Journey: A Day of Learning and Renewal with Steve Bell, Ken Medema, and others. April 28, 2018, Toronto, Ontario. Sponsored by Reformed Worship, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and Worship Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church. $35/person for the conference. 7pm concert with free general admission.  More information is available here.
  • “Awakening” is a week-long summer overnight camp for high school students entering grades 9-12 to develop their skills and abilities in their gifts of the worship arts. Awakening is held at Hope College in Holland, Mich., from June 10-15. Registration, videos and more information is available at Apply by April 13 to be considered for scholarships.
  • Reformed & Charismatic?: A Conversation with Cornelis van der Kooi is a free and public event. Meet and have a conversation with Cornelis (Kees) van der Kooi, professor of systematic theology and director of the Center for Evangelical and Reformation Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam. May 1 at Calvin College.
  • Animate is a five-day summer program in worship leadership for teenagers and their adult mentors sponsored by the Center for Worship and the Arts on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. June 25-29, 2018. Registration is now open.
  • "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, Mo., July 15-19, 2018.

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