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A Refugee Looks at the Psalms of Ascent
Recent unrest, conflict, and war have caused an unprecedented refugee crisis. The plight of Syrian, Iraqi, and other Middle Eastern refugees has shocked the whole world. Also, many youth and children are trying to enter the United States from Central America to escape violence and poverty.
Audio | May 12, 2016
Un Refugiado Mira a los Salmos del Ascenso
Los disturbios, conflictos, y guerras de los últimos cien años han causado una enorme crisis. El sufrimiento de refugiados de Siria, Iraq, y otros países del Oriente Medio ha dejado estupefacto al mundo entero. También, muchos niños y jóvenes centroamericanos tratan de entrar a los Estados Unidos para escapar violencia y pobreza.
Audio | May 12, 2016
Songs of Praise, Lament, and Hope
The Psalms—the Holy Spirit’s inspired songbook right in the middle of the Bible—are a rich source of insight and inspiration for songwriters, singers, and worshipers of all kinds.
Video | May 02, 2016
Cory Willson on Inhabiting the Liturgy
Maybe you feel like a bad Christian when you catch yourself thinking about work or weekday concerns during corporate worship. But doing so can help you worship more deeply and faithfully.
Conversation | 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
Psalms From the Soul
Explore musical settings of the biblical Psalms shaped by a black gospel idiom, the power of call-and-response approaches to singing, and a deep commitment to engage the full congregation in singing as prompted by soloists or choirs.
Audio | March 02, 2016
Festival of Psalms for the Christian Year
A worship service with Vital Worship Grant recipients gathered at Calvin College for a time of worship, learning, and sharing together.
Video | June 30, 2015
Seven Streams of 21st Century Congregational Song
Skills for leading people in song in a musically multilingual world
Audio | March 12, 2015
Graham Kendrick on Leading Worship
You’ve probably sung his “Shine, Jesus, Shine” and “Knowing You.” But his worship leading has changed since he wrote those songs.
Conversation | December 02, 2014
Kathy Hanson on Youth Delivering Homilies
Usually teachers give the homily during daily worship at Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, New Jersey. When the school asked every eighth grader to give a homily, the results surprised and blessed the whole community.
Conversation | November 07, 2014
What Makes All Ages Delight in the Psalms
The learning went both ways when two school communities decided to “dwell in the Psalms” for a year. Their Psalms-based creations revealed that the Spirit can work through kids and adults of any age to nourish faith.
Feature Story | November 07, 2014
When Justice and Peace Embrace
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2006 turns to the Psalms to listen to the message of Advent and Christmas.
Worship Service | October 09, 2014
Symposium 2012 - Plenary Address: Performing a Counter World: the Alternative Reality Offered by the Psalms for the Worlds We Inhabit
Performing a Counter World: the Alternative Reality Offered by the Psalms for the Worlds We Inhabit is a plenary address presented by Walter Brueggemann at the 2012 Calvin Symposium on Worship.
Audio | September 18, 2014
Praying for Shalom in the Psalms
Isaiah is famous for his prophecies of shalom—a coming time in which God would make right all that is wrong with the world. All of creation would be fruitful and benign. All humans would be knit together in brotherhood and sisterhood. All creation and all humans would delight in God. In short, God and creation would once again be webbed together in justice, harmony, and delight. The Psalmists, too, pray for shalom. This workshop will discuss these prayers. How do psalmists pray for shalom and how are their prayers important for our own worship?
Audio | March 04, 2014
Everlasting to Everlasting
A Cantata for Congregation based on the Hallel Psalms, composed by Greg Scheer
Video | February 18, 2014
Proclamation in the Psalms for Christian Worship
This workshop will explore trenchant proclamations in the psalms and suggest uses of these proclamations in Christian worship.
Audio | Video | February 18, 2014
Psalms for Families: Devotions for All Ages, Psalm 139
Psalms for Families is a devotional book for the entire family designed to help parents explore the riches of the book of Psalms with their children and teens. These devotionals will help parents learn more about the psalms as they teach their children about praise, prayer, and lament.
Meditation/Reflection | December 23, 2013
Psalms for Families: Devotions for All Ages, Psalm 133
Psalms for Families, by Robert J. Keeley and Laura Keeley, is a devotional book for the entire family designed to help parents explore the riches of the book of Psalms with their children and teens. These devotionals will help parents learn more about the psalms as they teach their children about praise, prayer, and lament. This book contains four devotionals on each of our selected psalms as well as notes for adults that provide additional information and background.
Meditation/Reflection | December 16, 2013