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Emerging research on worship practices and public witness
A panel of teacher-scholars with research projects focused on worship and public witness share the fruits of their research, with a special focus on the implications of their research for worshiping communities.
Video | July 20, 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
Two Pastors on Christian Worship in Politically Divided Times
Many preachers and congregations claim that politics have no place in their worship. But pastors Meg Jenista Kuykendall and Katie Ritsema-Roelofs say that addressing public issues in worship is essential for congregations to become to Christlike communities.
Conversation | June 09, 2021
Christine McAteer on the Coronavirus and Bus Chaplaincy
During the COVID-19 pandemic, bus drivers and other public transport workers have been praised as essential workers. Yet they remain largely invisible to those with the option to travel by private automobile. Your church can include bus drivers and other essential workers in congregational prayers.
Conversation | May 12, 2021
James Abbington on Planning Henry “Hank” Aaron’s Funeral Music
Although news coverage of public figures’ funerals often focuses most on speakers and eulogists, music is crucial. James Abbington thought pastorally while planning music for baseball star Henry Aaron’s homegoing.
Conversation | May 11, 2021
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 | May 04, 2021
Mitri Raheb on Resilience and God’s Faithfulness in Bethlehem
Mitri Raheb is a theologian, public figure, widely published author, and—for 30 years—senior pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem. In this episode, Rev. Raheb talks with John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the worshiping community in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.
Podcast | Audio | February 24, 2021
Public Worship and the Christian Life
A podcast produced by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Podcast | January 27, 2021
Prayer with the Staff of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
This service features scripture readings, hymns and prayers drawn from historic morning prayer liturgies, without music or other artistic elaboration. Complementing other Symposium services that are more complex, today we practice an intentionally simple form of common prayer, grateful to be united in prayer with people around the world on a day of historic, cultural and political importance here in the United States.
Worship Service | Video | November 03, 2020
Universal Design, Public Worship, and the Christian Life
Join together with John D. Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, in this opening session focused on welcoming all to the online Symposium experience, highlighting the legacy of Barbara Newman and her work on Universal Design for Worship, and reflecting on vocational worship leadership in Christian community as we begin 2021.
Video | October 29, 2020
Jeff Barker on Combining Music and Public Scripture Reading
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed many churches to do online worship services, inspiring some liturgists to more creatively present Bible readings. Jeff Barker explains how to combine music with the lections or scripture passages.
Conversation | September 09, 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
Calvin Seerveld on The Passion and Poetry of the Psalms
A conference talk exploring psalms to sing in public worship that are most loved, most difficult, and most important for contemporary Christian life.
Audio | July 23, 2020
Teacher-Scholar Panel: Scripture and Formation Themes
2019 Teacher-Scholar Vital Worship Grant recipients talk about their projects and the implications for those projects for gathered worship.
Conversation | July 08, 2020
Dennis R. Edwards on 1 Peter and Good Shepherd Sunday
For lectionary Year A, Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter, includes a reading from 1 Peter. New Testament scholar Dennis R. Edwards explains why Peter’s first letter is especially relevant as people deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conversation | 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
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
Pandemics and Public Worship Throughout History
As the pandemic COVID-19 brings isolation and unprecedented challenges to congregations around the world, it can be of great comfort to reflect and learn about how Christian churches have responded to epidemics and pandemics throughout history.
Bibliography | March 23, 2020