Psalmfest Mini-grants Program
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is providing support to worshiping communities to host a Psalmfest that features congregational singing based on the new songbook Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is providing support to worshiping communities to host a public worship event (Psalmfest) that features congregational singing based on our brand-new publication Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (Brazos and Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2012).
Through an application process (now closed), 40 worshiping communities from 17 provinces and states applied for support. They include
- All Nations Christian Reformed Church, Halifax, NS
- American Lutheran Church, Clinton Township, MI
- Baylor University, Waco, TX
- Beckwith Hills Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI
- Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church Brevard, NC
- Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, DC
- Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
- Carey Theological College, Vancouver, BC
- Central United Church, United Church of Canada, Sarnia, ON
- Chinese Bible Teachers Fellowship, Canada, Scarborough, ON
- Church Music Ministry of Canada, Vancouver, BC
- Emmanuel College, Toronto, ON
- Fairplain Presbyterian Church, Benton Harbor, MI
- First Presbyterian Church, Boyne City, MI
- First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
- First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, Homewood, IL
- First Union Church, Cedarville, MI
- Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant, Glen Ellyn, IL
- Gordon College, Wenham, MA
- Grace Christian Reformed Church, Cobourg, ON
- Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, IL
- Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, Hyde Park, MA
- International Council of Ethnodoxologists, Duncanville, TX
- Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA
- Mayfield Central Presbyterian, Mayfield, NY
- Olympia Christian Reformed Church, Olympia, WA
- Princeton Christian Reformed Church, Kentwood, MI
- Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN
- Shiloh~Inwood United Church, Bright's Grove, ON
- St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA
- St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Kensington, MD
- Second Christian Reformed Church, Grand Haven, MI
- Third Reformed Church, Holland, MI
- Trinity Church of Livonia, Livonia, MI
- Trinity Lutheran Church, New Smyrna Beach, FL
- Union University, Jackson, TN
- University of Evansville Neu Chapel, Evansville, IN
- Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC
Why is this happening?
To promote the faithful and fruitful use of the biblical psalms in Christian worship.
What were the requirements?
- The Psalmfest must:
- be a public event free of charge (perhaps a Sunday evening or mid-week service);
- feature congregational singing of at least eight selections from Psalms for All Seasons; and
- The planning team agrees to help us share the learning you experience as a worshiping community as you engage with the Psalms more deeply.
How will we gather this learning?
- Post your Psalmfest date and information on our Events Web Calendar.
- Receive from your team a reflection document after your Psalmfest.
We may also:
- Schedule an interview with your team with a writer who produces stories and conversations for our website
- Invite a member from your team to be on a panel at a future January Symposium on Worship, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
What support will the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship provide?
- Free copies of Psalms for All Seasons for the planning team (3 - 5 copies). Songbook retails for $29.99 USD.
- Additional psalm resources published by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship at no charge (approximately an $80 value)
- Access to guest leadership (Worship Institute staff and associates) with honorarium and travel expenses covered.
What are some tools for planning a Psalmfest?
- Explore the Psalms in Worship Showcase on our website, with links to many articles, cds, books.
- Visit the companion website to the songbook which contains many additional resources that support the use of the songbook.
- Visit Hymnary.org to find text, tune, and composer information on each song in the songbook.
- Options to consider for a Psalmfest:
- Sunday evening or mid-week service
- A community-wide service with other churches in your classis, presbytery, or neighborhood
- A service before a classis or presbytery meeting
- A school event involving children for a spring festival with different grades taking a different psalm
- A Reformation Day or Ascension Day service featuring the Psalms
- An evening option for a weekend youth group or college dorm retreat
- An evening gathering for a retirement complex
- Other ideas?
With support from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship