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Navajo Christians Build Relationships through Scripture and Culture
Window Rock Christian Reformed Church used a Vital Worship Grant project to connect with more people by engaging scripture in ways reflective of Navajo cultural practices.
Feature Story | December 01, 2021
Youth, Liturgy, and Life to the Full: A Conversation with Tim O'Malley and Elizabeth Tamez Méndez
In this conversation Catholic theologian and educator Tim O'Malley of the McGrath Institute for Church Life reflects on the significance of several key values in the lives of youth that work together to form lives shaped by scripture and transformed by God.
Conversation | Video | November 11, 2021
Visio Divina: Sacred Seeing to Encounter God
Just as lectio divina invites people to meditate on scripture, visio divina helps people pray with art. Visio divina, which translates as “divine seeing,” uses silence and images to help worshipers reflect and respond to God in ways other than listening to a sermon or singing praise songs.
Feature Story | November 03, 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 | November 02, 2021
Prayers for God's Leading
An emerging series of devotional and liturgical resources that explore the richness and breadth of scripture texts around discernment and calling.
Prayer | October 15, 2021
Everyday Faith: Possibilities, Limits, and Callings, with special guest Jeremy Begbie
Music and language form the backbone of nearly every public worship service, yet we don’t often reflect on the implications of this pairing. What is the relationship of music and language in Christian worship, and how might we best utilize them—separately and together—to give God glory and to form the faith of worshipers? Watch this webinar with Professor Jeremy Begbie of Duke Divinity School, who helps us think more deeply about how we can do justice to the primacy of the Word in worship while also honoring the immense powers of a non-verbal medium such as music. Dr. Begbie is interviewed by Noel Snyder, program manager at CICW.
Video | August 17, 2021
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
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 | Audio | 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
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
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
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