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Holy Week Resource Guide
This list of Holy Week resources—art, music, devotions, liturgies, books, and sermons—will help you plan worship for Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Triduum, the three days that mark Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection, from the evening of Maundy Thursday through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter morning.
Resource Guide | March 14, 2023
Lent Resource Guide
This list of Lenten art, music, devotions, liturgies, books, and sermons will help you plan worship for Lent and includes resources for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.
Resource Guide | February 20, 2023
Imagining Multiple Models of Ministry with Youth
A blog and video series featuring a variety of perspectives on multiple models of ministry with youth.
Resource Guide | October 26, 2022
Recommended Songs for Reformation Day or All Saints' Day Worship Services
In every time and place, imperfect and broken people who have been made saints through Jesus Christ are called to offer their gifts readily and cheerfully for the service and enrichment of the body of Christ.
Resource Guide | October 13, 2022
Bilingual Choral Music: A Webinar Series
Pearl Shangkuan, professor of music and director of choral activities at Calvin University and co-editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Choral Music Series with GIA Publications, talks with Latin American music experts Maria Guinand, Jorge Lockward, and Marcell Silva Steuernagel about best practices for teaching and performing Latin and South American choral music.
Resource Guide | Video | February 09, 2022
Resource Guide for Worship and Intergenerational Ministry with Youth
Public worship and congregational ministries shape the practices of Christian congregations and are a powerful means to strengthen intergenerational worshiping communities for their formative role in the lives of all churchgoers, including youth and the ministries that support and enrich their religious and spiritual lives.
Resource Guide | November 02, 2021
Pearl Shangkuan on 10 Bilingual Choral Pieces
Pearl Shangkuan, director of choral activities at Calvin University and director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, reflects on her top ten bilingual sacred choral pieces.
Musical Composition | Resource Guide | July 21, 2021
Anti-Racism in the Renewing of Christian Worship.
May God give us grace and strength to resist lies, arrogance, injustice, racism, and oppression in all forms. In worship, we are called to confess sin, to lament brokenness, and to pray for the end of these travesties, even as we are called to preach and celebrate sacramentally the gospel of Jesus Christ—in which power is made perfect in weakness, in which each person and culture is cherished as God’s gift, in which our hope is based on the life, death, resurrection, and continuing ministry of our ascended Lord, Jesus Christ. We long for a seamless connection between faithful public worship and vital Christian witness in every sector of society and in every cultural context.
Resource Guide | July 06, 2021
Worship Resources for Funerals
While funerals have often been seen as family affairs or private activities, death impacts entire communities: both the worshiping community and the community at large. The resources below explore the value and vitality of funeral worship.
Resource Guide | May 20, 2021
Psalm 133: Miren qué bueno / Oh, Look and Wonder
This setting of Psalm 133 was submitted by Carlos Colón and was written by Pablo Sosa. It focuses on the unity when everyone dwells in harmony.
Resource Guide | September 01, 2020
How to Submit a Budget Revision
A webinar guiding Vital Worship Grant recipients through the process of revising their project budgets. This will be helpful for both Worshiping Communities and Teacher-Scholars grant recipients at any point in their project.
Resource Guide | July 08, 2020
Hymns for a Pandemic: A Brief Historical Introduction
Centuries before 2020’s novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Christians around the world responded to plagues, pandemics, uncertainty, and sin with faith in God’s presence and care—a faith expressed in many theologically rich hymns that can remind modern believers of God’s faithfulness.
Resource Guide | May 05, 2020
Recursos para iglesias en tiempos de coronavirus
Debido a la reciente pandemia COVID-19, iglesias y comunidades de adoración han sido forzadas a implementar medidas de aislamiento social y nuevas prácticas de adoración. Los siguientes recursos han sido recopilados de diferentes organizaciones, profesionales y artistas, y representan una variedad de respuestas para el ministerio cristiano en este nuevo contexto, con énfasis en el ministerio de adoración.
Resource Guide | April 21, 2020
Good Shepherd Sunday in a COVID-Shaped World
John D. Witvliet, director of Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, introduces resources on how to observe the Good Shepherd Sunday in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.
Resource Guide | April 14, 2020
Good Shepherd Sunday
Many Christian traditions mark the fourth Sunday of Easter as Good Shepherd Sunday, centering worship around the compelling image of Jesus Christ as our Good Shepherd as found in John 10, and complementing that with reading or singing Psalm 23 and other texts that unfold the beauty and power of this image.
Resource Guide | April 13, 2020
COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation
As containment of COVID-19 forces your worshiping community to implement "shelter-in-place" worship and practice social isolation, we offer these resources to help you plan and cope in ways that encourage and support your community. These resources were initially created from events and in response to different situations and can be adapted for worship that encourages prayer and Christian community during this time of social distancing necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Resource Guide | March 18, 2020
The Lord's Supper Liturgy
Lord's Supper liturgy that includes children asking questions.
Resource Guide | October 08, 2019
The Geography of Worship
An annotated research guide from the field of geography, exploring the relevance of place, space, and human/environment interactions for the study of worship practices.
Resource Guide | December 05, 2017
Medieval Spirituality and Liturgy as a Source for Contemporary Worship
An annotated research guide from the field of history, exploring the relevance of medieval spirituality and liturgy for current worship practices.
Resource Guide | June 26, 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