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Five Tips on Using Digital Tech to Engage Virtual and In-Person Worshipers
Whether you call it virtual worship or online worship, some people will continue to join worship remotely even as others joyfully return to church buildings. Here are five tips for using digital technology as a “both/and” option for hybrid worship services.
Article | June 16, 2022
Writing Hymnkus—Haiku Poetry Set to Music—for Christian Worship
Your congregation can make worship the work of the people when you use their words in worship. The hymnku form—haiku poetry set to music—works for in-person, hybrid, and online worship and can involve many ages.
Article | May 23, 2022
Suzanne L. Vinson on Congregations Creating Liturgical Language
Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, often invites members to write words used in worship. They've found that crafting liturgical language, such as calls to worship or stewardship and psalm or song paraphrases, is an easy way to help more people participate in worship and congregational life.
Article | May 23, 2022
Engaging in Learning, Growing in Faith
As part of the 35th annual Calvin Symposium on Worship in Feb. 2022, twenty guests spoke with about 200 students in various courses and student organizations about the relationship between public worship and their areas of study. The program demonstrates the catalytic connections that can be made and faith formation that can happen through integrating attention to Christian practices in all areas of study.
Article | April 27, 2022
The 'Jazz' of Worship Planning
Convictions and suggestions for planning public Christian worship services that welcome and make room for all
Article | January 20, 2022
Navajo Burials and Christian Hope
The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated death-related issues in the Navajo Nation. Even so, affirming all that's good about "walking in beauty" gives Navajos on the Jesus Way a bridge to comfort people bound by fearful Navajo taboos about death.
Article | December 01, 2021
Christ the King Sunday Worship Planning
Marking the kingship of Christ makes a healthy transition that leads directly from Ordinary Time into Advent, the Christmas cycle, and the remainder of the Christian year.
Article | November 17, 2021
Ten Core Convictions
On the tenth anniversary of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in 2007, we identified ten core principles and practices to present as our central convictions about vital Christian worship.
Article | June 22, 2021
Sermon Series and Study Guide on Belonging for All Abilities
Your church can use new resources, such as a sermon series and study guide, to help your congregation move from including people with disabilities to becoming a place of belonging for all abilities. Then you can pass on what you've learned to other congregations.
Article | June 21, 2021
Top Songs for Pentecost
Six pastors and church musicians list their top songs for Pentecost. You can find most of these songs on Hymnary.org or YouTube.
Article | May 20, 2021
Consider the Snail: Teaching and Learning Online
Teaching and learning in a digital classroom, while having some benefits, also highlights the modern need to intentionally step back from completing to-do lists with maximum efficiency so we can simply be: to contemplate, to marvel at creation, to breathe.
Article | September 18, 2020
Creative Scripture Reading for Virtual Worship
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many churches still gather through virtual worship. Finding creative ways to read the Bible for online worship services can help worshipers experience what Romans 15:4 promises: “The Scriptures give us strength to go on.”
Article | September 09, 2020
CICW Global Psalm Gallery
A crowd-sourced collection of Psalm interpretations from worshiping communities across the spectrum of Christian traditions that premiered at the 2021 Calvin Symposium on Worship.
Article | September 01, 2020
Preparing to Reopen Churches for Worship during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic means churches planning to reopen will have to consider not just how to keep congregants safe, but also how to make them feel welcome. Consider these thoughtful recommendations from Yvette Lau, a pastoral musician, scholar, and teacher serving in Hong Kong.
Article | June 15, 2020
Worship Resources for Pregnancy Loss and Infertility
Many church members stay silent about miscarriages and other common reproductive losses. Yet Christian traditions contain many helpful books and worship resources to aid those who have experienced reproductive loss. Your church can start with these resources to engage this issue more directly and care for those who mourn.
Article | June 02, 2020
Transitional Worship During COVID-19
A safe return to familiar forms of Sunday worship services is still a long way off. But the historic church offers a way to frame in-person worship in the meantime.
Article | May 19, 2020
Intergenerational Youth Ministry During COVID-19
Congregations looking to keep their members connected as the body of Christ could organize a “mail buddy” system, pairing children and youth with other church members homebound because of COVID-19.
Article | April 14, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ministry of Presence at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church, Roseville, California
Greek Orthodox Christian worship is consciously embodied. Christopher Flesoras, a Greek Orthodox priest, discusses pastoral discernment for serving the faithful when public health needs require social distancing, also known as physical distancing.
Article | April 07, 2020
Shaping Worship during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Reviving Wesleyan Discipleship at Grant United Methodist Church, Fairmount, Indiana
Not every church has the capacity to move worship online when pandemic public health directives require social and physical distancing. Pastor Constance Cherry explains how her small rural Methodist congregation is drawing on its Wesleyan heritage to help members worship and disciple each other.
Conversation | Article | April 06, 2020