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Intergenerational Worship in Global Contexts
Psalm 148 describes a compelling vision of “young and old together” in worship. In every cultural context, there are unique challenges and opportunities in realizing this vision. Come learn from leaders from four continents about how each generation is invited to participate and contribute to worship—and what barriers, challenges, and changes they are experiencing in their contexts. Come away with new questions to ask about your context—and cross-cultural wisdom to share.
Article | November 30, 2022
Kai Ton Chau on Worship and Culture Worldwide
Kai Ton Chau teaches Calvin University students to articulate different cultural values so they can discuss and appreciate diverse forms of Christian worship. You can do something similar in your school, church, or worship context to build cultural intelligence among Christians.
Conversation | September 27, 2021
How Music Deepens Participation in the Lord's Supper and Baptisms: Insights from Global Cultures
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Seminar
Audio | April 12, 2019
Christian Worship in North America and Asia
Ecumenical, post-colonial perspectives on varieties of contemporary songs
Video | May 11, 2017
Music from African-American Traditions for Use in Any Congregation
One of the remarkable stories about music that has emerged out of African-American communities is its reception in communities of diverse cultural backgrounds all over the world.
Audio | February 15, 2017
A Sweet Sound: Absorbing God's Word in the Language of the Heart
What changes when a person hears God’s Word in their own language as opposed to their second or third language? How does the translation of key theological terms into a person's mother tongue change their understanding?
Audio | February 14, 2017
The Evangelical Mosaic: Patterns and Tensions in 21st Century Worship
How do we communicate the relevance of Scripture? How do we engage music and the arts? How does our worship connect with our witness in the world?
Audio | February 14, 2017
Victoria Emily Jones on Gazing as a Spiritual Practice
Though she is passionate about Christian art, especially visual art, Victoria Emily Jones knows that congregations are full of “non-art” people. Her blog aims to help people of faith interpret, enjoy and use art in worship and private devotions.
Conversation | December 14, 2016
'Glocal' Worship: Experiencing the fullness of Christ
Come and find out ways to experience the ‘All Nations’ in the context of local ministry.
Audio | March 04, 2016
Music in Culture, Music in Worship: Different Roles and Goals
Someone on social media recently sent out a photo of two young boys lost in worship. This photo reminded me of John Calvin’s famous words, “My heart I offer to you Lord, promptly and sincerely.”
Article | December 18, 2014
Celebrating Christmas in Pakistan
The month of December brings joyful tidings across the world as more than two billion people anticipate celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25 although the Orthodox churches celebrate 12 days later.
Article | December 10, 2014
Sing Your Prayers for the Worldwide Church
These resources will help you combine songs and prayers so your whole congregation can pray together for global Christians and international issues.
Article | April 28, 2014
Public Intercessory Prayer that Renews Worship
Want a no-cost, non-controversial way to renew worship for all ages in your congregation? Start praying for the worldwide church.
Feature Story | April 28, 2014
Wise Church: Learning from the World-Wide Church
Whether in Toledo, Toronto, Taipei, Tehran, or Tegucigalpa, worship of the Triune God has many commonalities, and followers of Jesus have much to learn from one another.
Audio | February 27, 2014
Singing Songs from the Global South in a North American Church Context
In this workshop we will sing songs of faith from around the world, share experiences of learning to sing these songs by reflecting together on how to meet the challenges of introducing foreign languages, alternate instrumentation and movement in a predominantly Euro-North American context.
Audio | February 21, 2014
Learning from and Praying for the Worldwide Church part 2
How can a congregation in one part of the world best pray for our neighbors around the world?
Audio | February 20, 2014
Singing our Prayers with the Global Community
Vesper service led by Debbie Lou Ludolph and Inshallah, the global song ensemble from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
Video | February 20, 2014
Worship in Korean Christian Communities
The tapestry of Korean worship practices emerged in the context of other religious traditions, war and post-war growth, and a Korean consciousness of struggle and suffering.
Audio | February 17, 2014
Learning from and Praying for the Worldwide Church
How can a congregation in one part of the world best pray for our neighbors around the world? Listen and learn, with resources from and for different parts of the Church, including stories from natives of different countries and cultures.
Audio | Video | February 17, 2014