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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 

Our dreams, we lay down at your feet to be part of your story.

As we enter into this season of Lent, God’s story calls us again to a time of prayer, repentance, and intentional focus on Christ’s life, death and resurrection. There are so many things that crave our attention. At times it seems that we have no margin left to actually imagine. What story is the Spirit graciously crafting in and through us as we are drawn toward the Father, through the Son? There are many ways we can embrace that story. Over these next weeks as we plan and prepare for Lent, may we be present and alert to the moments where God is leading us to come closer not only to worship but to listen for and receive God’s supernatural rest and wisdom.   

—Pastor Jeremy Simpson (Worship Catalyzer)

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

Moments Retreat

This is still available!  Consider doing this retreat as part of your Lenten devotional time and invite others to participate as well. Moments is a FREE retreat created specifically for you all by artist and CRC member Regina Jupp. The retreat can be done on your time. It includes videos from Regina to walk you through portions of the retreat, a music playlist to accompany you on your journey, scripture for reflection, and an opportunity to respond by creating your own art. You can choose to spend a week dwelling for 15-30 minutes each day on scripture presented and then conclude with a longer 90 minute retreat on the final day or take a few hours at one time. Truthfully there is no right or wrong way to do this retreat, we have provided the different “Moments,” follow the Spirit’s leading as you journey through some or all of them. Sign up at https://reginajupp.com/retreat to receive a link and password for the retreat.

Covid 1 Year Anniversary

Many of us know the exact date of the last Sunday our congregations worshiped together in person as normal. How do we mark this anniversary well: with grief for the lives lost, lament for the myriad of ways this pandemic has affected us, but also with gratitude for the gracious presence of God through very difficult times. Recognizing that there are many ways to mark this event, here are two sample services; one that laments and one that offers up gratitude for God’s goodness. If you have resources to share in coming weeks, please email them to worship@crcna.org

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 at kroelofs@crcna.org

Worship Resources

Black History Month

Lent

Do you have a Lenten themed photo that you have taken or an image that you own that you are willing to share?  With many of our churches in virtual formats, we are compiling a folder of free images to use for worship.  Send it to worship@crcna.org

CRC Annual Day of Prayer

The CRCNA’s annual day of prayer is on March 10. We encourage you as worship leaders to participate in this either locally in your own congregation or denominationally with other pastors and worship leaders from across the US and Canada.  

  • Consider posting a short prayer service for your congregation to participate either virtually or at home during their own devotional time. There are a few resources available through Reformed Worship.

  • Join the denominational prayer gathering at 11:00 a.m. EST and 2:00 p.m. EST and pray with other leaders! Fill out the following form to receive the zoom link.

    • A leadership team hosted a prayer gathering in November of 2020 and committed to pray together every other month. Their March meeting will take place on the CRC Day of Prayer and they welcome broad participation from pastors and staff.

Things of Note

Worship Ministries is growing our social media presence!  Find us on Facebook and Instagram — @crcworshipministries. There is also a private Facebook group for acting worship leaders and worship ministers in the CRC- CRC Worship Ministries. Connect with us!

Coming soon! Worship Catalyzer, Jeremy Simpson is working on a podcast channel for CRC Worship Ministries. If you have ideas for podcast stories, email him jsimpson@crcna.org 
 

Upcoming Things to Note

Two learning opportunities for training high school worship leaders Let us know if you hear of others! 

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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