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As our hearts have been fed with World Communion Sunday and All Nations Heritage, let us consider again Jesus' prayer before he went to the Cross . . .

"My prayer is not for them alone, I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you."

Moving toward these beautiful celebrations reminds us of the heavenly vision (cf. Revelation 7:9-10) of an all-nations fellowship of committed believers . . . a church that worships and serves in the reality of the “one new humanity” Christ created through the cross
(cf. Ephesians 2:14). Pressing forward in this challenging hour will take perseverance and intentionality, but when we sacrificially love, worship, pray, serve, repent and even lament with one another, the Lord has promised He will use our oneness as a witness to the world! May it be so for each one of us and the Church that we love!

—Pastor Jeremy Simpson

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

We are Reorganizing!

Worship Ministries just completed an overhaul of our resources, hopefully making them easier to find and more accessible. Check out our Resource Index on the Network. We will keep this updated regularly with helpful resources for worship planning.

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

Worship Conversation

Check out this conversation with Worship Catalyzer Jeremy Simpson and Pastor Dave Sieplienga on what it means to keep the Sabbath.  

Worship Resources

Fall Holidays

Here are worship resources for some of those calendar holidays that come around each fall.

Reformation Day

There are several resources available for Reformation Day (October 31st).

Advent

Advent will be here before you know it!  Start perusing some ideas in our resource list.

Church Highlight

For the full story, visit the Church Highlight page on the Network

Bethany is a CRC church that has been in Muskegon for over 100 years. We have some incredible roots, and are dedicated to being a faithful presence of Christ in the core city of Muskegon. We’ve adapted while many churches have moved out to the suburbs. We try to be a church that is known for Listening, Loving & Longing. 

Listening to God, each other & our neighbors. 
Loving God, each other and & our neighbors. 
Longing for the time when God sets all things right, in our neighborhood and all across the globe, and partnering with the Holy Spirit RIGHT NOW in this very effort. 

Ministry with the community is an important part of Bethany church’s identity. Even during this pandemic, Bethany Church has been active in Muskegon partnering with others to lead a teen mentoring program, summer day camp, and providing educational and growth opportunities for our community as well as fresh and healthy foods. During this time we have maintained and developed new relationships with other community programs and initiatives that help us minister holistically and address key needs in our community

How has ministry and worship specifically looked different during Covid? 

Because Bethany serves several vulnerable populations, our Covid days together have looked a bit different. Colder months were spent rotating our family groups in for Sunday worship, and warmer months we’ve spent meeting outside, under a big tent. Through it all we’ve added a consistent online option through a live streaming of worship on Facebook. This has been more popular, for many reasons, than we anticipated! 

Our kid’s ministry adjusted by delivering weekly activity bags to each family that accompanies an online lesson. We even involved the children in some of the teaching which was a huge hit! 

How specifically can we pray for you? 

Please pray that Bethany can continue to listen to and serve our neighbors. Pray that we’ll be open to necessary changes and the leading of the Holy Spirit as we seek ways to do this during this strange time. 

We’ve also entered a new season of searching for a Worship Arts Cultivator for our vibrant community. Please pray that God would lead a person to us who loves what we are doing here, and wants to join us in using their gifts to expand & develop our worship activities accordingly.

Upcoming Opportunities

  • NEW Calendar: In our reorganization of resources, we created a master calendar for special Sundays, holidays and other important liturgical dates. Consider using this as you plan your next few months of worship!

  • Technology and Communications Grants available! Church Juice is offering grants up to $8,000 to help churches as they dream about technology and ministry moving forward. Click this link for more information.

  • The Center for Excellence in Preaching recently launched a new website that includes worship resources and other helpful aids for weekly worship planning, seasonal planning and preaching.

  • Worshiping Communities Grants available! The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers grants for congregations, parishes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other worshiping communities in North America. Click this link for more information. Also, stay tuned for a future webinar about ways to participate. 


We are grateful for the ministry shares that make all of this possible along with the support of generous donors. Help this ministry continue its work by donating now.
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