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Fasting: A cross-cultural perspective on the season of Lent
The Season of Lent brings to mind the historical practice of fasting, of “giving up” something in order to “take up” something else.
Article | October 30, 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
Karen Campbell, Jerry Pillay and Eric Sarwar on Global Prayer
Praying for the worldwide church was a priority at the 2014 Calvin Symposium on Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Leaders from many nations described how to pray for their churches and fellow citizens. Three of them, all Presbyterian pastors, also gave brief interviews.
Conversation | April 28, 2014
Praying for Shalom in the Psalms
Isaiah is famous for his prophecies of shalom—a coming time in which God would make right all that is wrong with the world. All of creation would be fruitful and benign. All humans would be knit together in brotherhood and sisterhood. All creation and all humans would delight in God. In short, God and creation would once again be webbed together in justice, harmony, and delight. The Psalmists, too, pray for shalom. This workshop will discuss these prayers. How do psalmists pray for shalom and how are their prayers important for our own worship?
Audio | March 04, 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
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
Complementary Prayers: Prayers to Accompany the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the new hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts
This workshop will display and discuss prayers that have been composed to complement psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in Lift Up Your Hearts.
Audio | February 17, 2014
Complementary Prayers for Lift Up Your Hearts
Prayers to Accompany the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of Lift Up Your Hearts.
Article | September 18, 2013
God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises: Hymns and Prayers for Devotional Use
To express gratitude to God for the gifts we received through Bert, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers this collection of some of Bert Polman's litanies and prayers, hymns and psalm versifications.
Reflection | July 18, 2013
A Liturgical Approach to the Lord's Prayer
How does praying the Lord’s Prayer affect our mission and ways of living? We’ll explore creative possibilities, including doxology, gestures, language, offering, providence, temptation, and eschatological understandings of “thy Kingdom come .” Discover ways this ecumenical Christian prayer can empower our worshiping communities .
Audio | February 20, 2013
Praying Together in Worship
How much of what’s on our screens, in our hearts, and in our conversations gets reflected in prayer during worship?
Feature Story | February 15, 2013
How to Make Congregational Prayer More Participatory
Especially for children, listening to the congregational prayer can feel more like enduring a monologue than participating in the prayers of the people. But it doesn’t have to.
Feature Story | February 15, 2013
How to Make a You-Who-Do-To-Through Prayer
You-who-do-to-through prayers follow an ancient pattern for making a short prayer with a single theme. Worshipers speak the prayer together, collecting their voices into one.
Article | November 15, 2012
Ben Dykhouse on a New Way of Praying
Ben Dykhouse explains why God cares about multicultural worship, and he describes a new prayer model that students learned from C. J. Kingdom-Grier, who gave a one-day workshop.
Conversation | Video | November 15, 2012
Tom Swieringa on Cooperating in Intercessory Prayer
Tom Swieringa co-leads Wyoming Kingdom Enterprise Zone, a church multiplication initiative by Reformed and Christian Reformed churches in Wyoming, Michigan. He has pastored and planted churches in Iowa, Michigan, South Dakota, and Texas. In this edited conversation, he talks about cooperating with God in intercessory prayer, during worship and beyond.
Conversation | October 26, 2012
Navajo People - Prayer Requests
Praying for the Navajo people is a tricky thing. It is so easy to focus on, and become overwhelmed by, our needs.
Article | Reflection | September 20, 2012
Becoming Churches that Love Our Neighbors as Ourselves
Representing the love of God to neighbors works best in congregations that have a clear vision reflected in worship and prayer.
Feature Story | September 12, 2012
Berakah as a Way of Life
John Witvliet speaks on "Berakah as a Way of Life" at the 2012 Calvin Theological Seminary convocation.
Video | September 07, 2012
The Grace of Trinitarian Prayer
In prayer Christians address the triune God - one God in three persons, the God of holiness, love, beauty, and power.
Video | August 15, 2012