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Developing Vertical Habits

Recipients of Worship Renewal Grants describe practical resources that helped people of all ages better understand why we do what we do in worship.

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Presented at the 2012 Calvin Symposium on Worship.


Betty Grit, Worship Renewal Grants Manager, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Introduction to Worship Renewal Grants and the Vertical Habits.

Mike Cosper, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky. To encounter and practice Vertical Habits as a significant part of spiritual formation through an interactive art exhibit, a month-long devotional written by church leaders and a lecture series taught by pastors from the church or local community.

Bruce Benedict, Christ the King Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, North Carolina. Bruce Benedict, with a team at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana created visual resources to support the initial grant program on Vertical Habits.

Laura Keeley, 14th St CRC, Holland, Michigan. To engage the congregation in a study of the Psalms and Vertical Habits as a framework for worship throughout the liturgical year and to create visual arts and language that will remind the congregation that worship is a dialogue with God that can be carried into their daily lives.

Young Kim, Cornerstone CRC, Ann Arbor, Michigan. To help participants learn about Vertical Habits in Sunday worship and carry them into daily life through an eight-part sermon series and multi-sensory worship which included congregational art and multimedia components, a series of articles by church leaders, and the development of an online web log of daily devotions which includes artwork of children.


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