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With Us, In Us, Through Us: Holy Encounters
Through testimonies and singing based on scripture, we re-live the encounters and the gradual and growing realization and celebration that Christ is among us still.
Video | March 20, 2018
A Conversation with David Gungor
View this conversation with David Gungor of the musical group, The Brilliance, and Noel Snyder, program manager at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Video | March 19, 2018
In this workshop led by Jan Kraybill, we looked at and sang some great hymns and songs, and we discussed how best to help our worshiping communities sing poetry with appreciation, enthusiasm, and artistry.
Audio | March 02, 2018
Jubilation, Awe, Penitence, and Petition in Corporate Worship in Kenya
In this session Prof. Kidula shared contemporary congregational music in Kenya by using examples birthed out of diverse situations and locations on the continent and in the country.
Audio | February 14, 2018
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
Praise or Noisy Gong?: A Musicologist's Vision for Loving Your Neighbor
Differences in musical tastes, aesthetics and priorities are notoriously contentious issues for congregations and ministries to navigate.
Audio | July 06, 2017
Worship Songs about Care for Creation
Caring about God’s good creation includes lamenting whatever harms it and joining God’s mission to make all things new. Songs from around the world explore these ideas.
Article | June 15, 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
Introducing Songs from Other Cultures: Alfredo Colman
Ethnomusicologist Alfredo Colman encourages musicians who lead congregational songs from other cultures to engage with someone from that culture in order to understand and find ways in introduce songs in worship that respect and honor God and the culture.
Video | March 27, 2017
Worship in the Heart Language: Dwight Kelly
Jamaican pastor, Dwight Kelly, reflects on how scripture songs can be written in the language of the worshiper's heart. Heartsongs use words that reflect the context and language of those who are singing them.
Video | March 23, 2017
Singing Psalms: An Outpouring of Contemporary Song for Congregational Use
Remarkably, even since the publication of Psalms for All Seasons just a few years ago, over 30 new Psalm-based songwriting and recording projects have emerged from a variety of contemporary worship leaders across North America and beyond. While some of these settings are designed for solo voices, many are well-suited to congregational use, and are worthy heirs to the legacy of congregation-based Psalms re-established by Luther and Calvin.
Video | March 10, 2017
Bringing Hymns to Life on Guitar
We’ve heard many of the great old hymns played beautifully with organs, pianos, and choirs, but their journey into the world of guitar-led worship can be awkward. Old tunes are often abandoned or significantly altered in the name of modernization, but such revision is not always necessary.
Video | March 08, 2017
From Generation to Generation: Many Voices Singing the One Body
Two hymn writers and collaborators, one Roman Catholic and one Protestant, representing different generations, explore how the demographic, ethnic and denominational differences of contemporary American culture offer challenges and opportunities in crafting new, relevant and faithful song for Christian communities.
Video | March 08, 2017
Singing Our Savior's Story: Songs for Congregations, Choirs and Worship Teams
This seminar explores a rich variety of music that reflects deeply on the life of Jesus, and it is appropriate for any service based on one of the four New Testament gospels, including some songs that focus on "telling the story," others that are adept at "unpacking the meaning of the story," and still others that "help us see ourselves taken up into the story."
Video | March 07, 2017
Short Songs: Deepening Our Participation in Worship
Read this viewing guide to find out how you might benefit from watching a one-hour session by Alison Adam, “Short Songs: Deepening Our Participation in Worship.”
Video | March 07, 2017
Celtic Psalms: Finding Light in the Darkness
In this vesper service, the congregation worships God by singing and listening to psalm settings with soulful Irish and Scottish melodies, exploring how God’s light shines even in the midst of the darkest nights, guiding his people into places of joy, forgiveness, and peace.
Video | 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