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New Heavens and New Earth
This final worship service is based on the text of Isaiah 65, where we look toward the new heavens and new earth. By celebrating communion together in this service, we anticipate this glorious day.
Worship Service | Video | April 18, 2016
What You Can Learn from Visiting Churches
College and seminary professors offer church observation guides for their students. You can use their insights to learn more when you visit other churches. This process can also help you understand how people experience liturgical practices in your own congregation.
Feature Story | April 13, 2016
Sandra Van Opstal on The Next Worship
While some U.S. politicians play on fears about ethnic minorities, changing demographic trends actually offer churches a huge opportunity to create new forms of worship.
Conversation | April 07, 2016
April is Autism Awareness Month: Delighting in the Patterns of Worship
Many people with autism spectrum disorder find joy, security, and comfort in familiar patterns. We can also take great delight in the perfect match that exists within many of our corporate worship patterns. Take an individual who delights in patterns, structure, and “sameness,” and you have a recipe for a joyful worshiper.
Article | April 01, 2016
My Soul Finds Rest in God
Join with singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken for contemplative songs and liturgical prayers, while making space within this worship service for both lament and joy.
Worship Service | Video | March 31, 2016
Stroke Survivors in our Worshiping Communities
This workshop presents an ethnographic study describing the experiences of stroke survivors in their church communities and two worship services planned for these participants.
Audio | March 04, 2016
The Church Behind Bars
This session explores the growth of the church behind bars in several Michigan prisons and in Angola Prison in Louisiana.
Audio | March 04, 2016
Dale Sieverding on Cultural Differences in Recruiting Youth
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched a summer camp to train young Catholics to lead in local liturgical ministries. They discovered that finding gifted youth requires different approaches in different cultures.
Conversation | February 09, 2016
How Ritual Training Overflows into Expressive Worship
Lay training in both formative and expressive liturgy helps Catholic adults and youth live out their identity in the universal priesthood of all faithful believers. Protestants can learn from this.
Feature Story | February 09, 2016
Olivia Stewart on Young Children and Worship
It sounds counter-intuitive, especially today. But it turns out that helping children learn to get quiet in their own ways is huge for helping them encounter God.
Conversation | January 21, 2016
Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence on Choral Bible Reading
Assigning different voices to different phrases can be an effective way to convey meaning in public scripture reading. This is known variously as choral reading, scripted scripture and enacted scripture.
Conversation | January 12, 2016
Reading in Worship from the Book We Love
Even Christians who profess to love the Bible sometimes zone out when scripture is read aloud in public worship. Here is help for readers, worship planners and the congregation to experience the living Word.
Feature Story | January 12, 2016
Children and Worship: Helping Them to Experience God
This video provides information on the Children & Worship program and why it is so effective in the spiritual development of young children.
Video | January 05, 2016
Sandra Van Opstal on Multicultural Millennials in Worship
You might be surprised to learn what matters in worship to multicultural millennials in this urban Chicago church.
Conversation | December 17, 2015
Share Your Stories of Inclusion
How does your church include persons with disabilities in corporate worship? The CLC Network and Calvin Institute of Christian Worship invite you to submit your story of including persons with disabilities in a corporate worship setting, so that we may learn together.
Article | November 20, 2015
Maria Eugenia Cornou on the Myth of Hispanic Culture
Maybe you want to welcome Spanish speakers into your church community. If so, then don’t stereotype people who identify as Hispanic or Latino as all belonging to a single monolithic culture.
Conversation | November 03, 2015
Four Essentials for Multicultural Worship
Churches can become more multicultural through traditioned innovation based on prayer, intention, hospitality and discomfort.
Feature Story | October 09, 2015
Baptist Churches in Belarus
Baptists living in what is now Belarus have experienced war, shifting borders, persecution and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Their history gives them a unique perspective on what it means to follow Christ and suffer for him.
Conversation | September 01, 2015
Universal Design, Vertical Habits and Inclusive Worship
Universal design and Vertical Habits help create church worship that touches all our senses and is accessible to all worshipers.
Feature Story | July 01, 2015