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Renewed: Lord God, Now Let Your Servants Depart in Peace
Join Greg Scheer as he introduces one of his own songs, based on Simeon’s words in Luke 2:29-32. It works beautifully as a closing song in worship, especially during the season of Epiphany.
Video | December 11, 2017
Renewed: Mary’s Song (Our King of Peace)
Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Mary’s Song captures the wonder, fear, and obedience of Mary’s response to Gabriel’s message. The song is a perfect fit for Advent, Christmas, and Lessons and Carols services.
Video | December 06, 2017
Born to Die, Born to Rise 2017
This service of Lessons and Carols from 2017 celebrates Christmas by proclaiming the Easter Gospel: "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!"
Worship Service | December 01, 2017
Renewed: Ready My Heart
What if we thought about Christ’s birth as an ongoing reality, rather than a one-time event? That’s just what Lois Shuford’s haunting Advent song “Ready My Heart” does: it helps us prepare our hearts for Christ to dwell in us every day.
Video | November 27, 2017
Round Two: Ordination Best Practices for Ministers, Elders, and Deacons
Our first roundup of ordination resources was so popular that we have now consulted five more experts from five more denominations. Their best practices will help you dig beneath the surface when you ordain or install ministers, elders, and deacons.
Feature Story | November 21, 2017
A Conversation with David Crowder
View this conversation with pastoral musician David Crowder and Noel Snyder, program manager at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Video | November 14, 2017
¡Le pidieron dar el sermón infantil!
Este material ofrece valiosos recursos prácticos para aquellas personas que tienen el privilegio y la responsabilidad de prepararse y compartir el mensaje infantil.
Article | August 11, 2017
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