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Worship Resources for Creation Care
We confess that God created heaven and earth and everything in it. We sing that this is our Father’s world. Yet, billions of people suffer in places where so much is no longer bright and beautiful. This worship resource guide will help your community plan services that honor our Creator, who invites us to join in caring for the whole creation.
Resource Guide | June 14, 2017
Conversation with singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken
This is a conversation with artist Sandra McCracken and John Witvliet.
Video | May 02, 2017
Worship Resources for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation
Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church on October 31, 1517. This worship resource guide will help your community plan services of grace and truth as you commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation or plan worship for a Reformation Sunday.
Resource Guide | March 31, 2017
Cedar of Lebanon
A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.
Image | March 16, 2017
Universal Design, Responsive Design: Keys for Welcoming Persons with Varied Abilities
Worshipers and congregation members certainly do not come in a “one size fits all” wrapping! As you gather for worship you will notice an array of gifts, but you may also see the areas of struggle each one brings to the community.
Audio | February 20, 2017
Music, Congregational Identity, and the Relationships that Spark Effective Ministry
How does music express and form a congregation’s identity? How can that identity be defined and shaped by the relationships it seeks to nurture and the mission it seeks to promote?
Audio | February 17, 2017
Ordination Best Practices for Ministers, Elders and Deacons
Because so many people search our website for ordination resources, we consulted five experts from five denominations. Their best practices will help you dig beneath the surface when you ordain or install ministers, elders and deacons.
Feature Story | February 07, 2017
Wendell Kimbrough on the Psalms
Wendell Kimbrough is a songwriter and worship leader in southern Alabama who believes church music should simply be good music that forms us as we sing it together. Drawing on the sounds of American folk and soul music, Wendell writes scripturally-rich songs with singable, memorable melodies. His music has been embraced by a growing number of churches, young and old, large groups and small, contemporary praise bands and traditional choirs.
Conversation | Video | December 08, 2016
Angels, from the Realms of Glory
The service of Lessons and Carols from 2016 highlights the importance of angels in the drama of the Christmas gospel, startling us to focus our awareness on how the angels enlarge our perception of the beauty and glory of the triune God through their nearness and through their mysterious, wonder-filled transcendence.
Worship Service | December 02, 2016
¡Le pidieron dirigir el canto congregacional!
Este recurso ofrece algunos principios, estrategias, y consejos prácticos destinados a aquellas personas que ministran en los cultos de la iglesia mediante la dirección de canto congregacional. En este texto encontrará ideas sobre cómo prepararse para dirigir el canto; cómo presentar las canciones, cómo dirigir las canciones según su estilo, propósito, y los instrumentos musicales con los que cuenta; cómo enseñar nuevas canciones, y más.
Article | October 04, 2016
Universal Design for Worship: Symposium 2016 Plenary Address
‘Universal design’ is now standard for architecture: we don’t want to retrofit buildings to make them accessible, we want to build them that way from the start. What would it look like for this vision to be extended to the worship services we plan and lead?
Video | May 02, 2016
¡Le pidieron dirigir un culto!
Este material incluye lecciones útiles para todas las personas que dirigen cultos, independientemente de los diferentes estilos de adoración de cada iglesia. Dirigir la adoración es un gran privilegio. Al prepararnos para dirigir el culto tendremos la oportunidad de que los textos de las canciones, oraciones y lecturas bíblicas cobren pleno significado. Y al dirigir el culto, tendremos el privilegio de ver las caras del pueblo de Dios mientras éste ora y alababa a su Señor.
Article | April 15, 2016
Best Resources for Teaching Worship
Seven college and seminary professors list their top short reads for teaching worship and say which resources would be most helpful for church worship and liturgy committees.
Feature Story | April 13, 2016
Worship and Citizenship in an Age of Divisive Politics
One of our callings as Christians is to live as resourceful and redemptive citizens of the countries in which we live—a vexing challenge in an age of political division in so many countries around the world represented at the Symposium.
Video | April 04, 2016
Best Contemporary Worship Music You May Not Know
In the age of the internet, we all have access to hundreds of thousands of songs. Hundreds more are written each week. There are dozens of remarkable songs written that are biblically faithful, musically excellent, theologically robust, liturgically fitting, and singable by ordinary people—but they can be hard to find!
Video | March 31, 2016
How Loud Is Too Loud?
Volume in worship can be a touchy subject, one full of tensions. However, by looking at it through the lens of universal design and applying this principle to volume, we can see the many tensions in play and work together to glorify the Lord and lead God's people in song.
Article | March 21, 2016
Worship Resources for Radical Hospitality
Scripture models well for us how to speak about immigration in worship. Together, with Abraham, Jesus, and the early church, we can model radical hospitality, we can lament the pain of leaving and the pain of the journey, we can witness God's faithfulness to the refugees and migrants in the past, and together, united as the body of Christ, we can seek responses that reflect God's heart. Ultimately, we can look forward with hope, knowing that our "citizenship is in heaven."
Resource Guide | March 14, 2016
L. Gregory Jones on Traditioned Innovation in Worship
Worship conversations change when you choose to see tradition as a lively center from which to innovate. This provides common ground between those who fear change and those who overvalue change.
Conversation | March 11, 2016
¡Le pidieron leer las Escrituras en el culto!
Este recurso ofrece consejos útiles para ayudar a voluntarios y voluntarias en su preparación para leer la Palabra de Dios en el culto. Identifique cómo leer la Biblia en voz alta se diferencia de la lectura de otros libros; descubra cómo obtener una comprensión más profunda del pasaje; obtenga consejos para la interpretación vocal eficaz, y más.
Article | March 07, 2016