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Performing Sermons Latinamente
Jared E. Alcántara, Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, and Lis Valle explore how their shared Latinx identity shapes the way they preach. They define the sermon performed latinamente as an improvisational, interactive, and transformative event embodied in community.
Academic Article | February 08, 2021
Four Types of Advent and Christmas Eve Services: Which Have You Tried?
Experimenting with a different Advent or Christmas Eve worship format may help worshipers connect with the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth. Blue Christmas, Christmas pageants, Las Posadas, or lessons and carols make room for emotions, movement, culture, and people’s gifts.
Feature Story | November 15, 2018
Jon DeVries on Enacted Revelation Passages
Maybe you have been moved by the power of enacted scripture dramas at a Calvin Symposium on Worship. Now you can learn from Jon DeVries how to create them.
Conversation | May 04, 2017
Playing and Praying the Magnificat
This vesper service from the 2017 Calvin Symposium on Christian Worship focuses on the Magnificat.
Enacted Scripture | Video | March 10, 2017
Being Jesus on Good Friday
On Good Friday, as congregations meditate on the betrayal, suffering, and death of Jesus, some liturgies call the Church to identify with those who judged, persecuted, mocked, and killed our Lord. This is a sobering reality, and appropriate. But, like many stories in the Bible, there are multiple implications within this narrative.
Enacted Scripture | February 11, 2015
A Choral Reading of Ephesians 4:1-16
A choral reading based on Ephesians 4 from the NRSV.
Enacted Scripture | July 23, 2014
A Choral Reading of Psalm 19
This is a choral reading based on Psalm 19 adapted for three speakers.
Enacted Scripture | July 23, 2014
Psalm 104: A Choral Reading for 10
This is a drama script for 10 speakers based on Psalm 104 from the NRSV.
Enacted Scripture | July 03, 2012
Symposium 2012 Photo Slideshow
A slideshow of images from the 2012 Calvin Symposium on Worship, held January 26-28, 2012. The annual Calvin Symposium on Worship is an annual, three-day ecumenical conference that brings together a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders and planners, artists, musicians, scholars, students, and other interested worshipers. This year, the symposium explored praying and worshiping through the Psalms.
Slideshow | February 13, 2012
Enacted Word: Using Theater to Present Scripture
Learn a variety of techniques from theater and oral interpretation that can be used to proclaim Biblical texts.
Video | January 27, 2012
Easter Resource Guide
This list of Eastertide resources—including art, music, drama, devotions, liturgies, books, and sermons for the "Great Fifty Days" from Easter Sunday to Pentecost—will help you plan worship to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
Resource Guide | April 05, 2011
Awesome in Glory - Doug Porter
A dramatic reading for three voices, specifically highlighting God's glory, a central dimension of Christian worship.
Enacted Scripture | March 10, 2011
The Broken Gift - Randy Buursma
The following drama was originally used for an Advent service. The scripture text was Isaiah 42:3.
Enacted Scripture | March 02, 2011
Travels with Paul: Bringing the First Missionary Journey to Life—with Kids
Keeping Paul’s missionary journeys straight can be tough. The stories are brief and many involve mostly preaching. It is hard to remember what happened. Our challenge was to communicate the information about Paul’s first missionary journey to our congregation in a way that was interesting, memorable, and brief. We wanted to present information about cities as well as people.
Article | November 19, 2010
Enter the Drama of God's Story
Entering the biblical narrative requires looking at the story you actually live by and pondering why God gave the Bible as a sprawling story.
Feature Story | July 09, 2010
Crucified—by My Hand
Readings for Nicodemus and the Centurion, along with a service plan for the Centurion.
Article | December 01, 2009
My Only Comfort
This versatile drama presentation, based on the Heidelberg Catechism’s first question and answer, can be included in a worship service in a variety of settings and stages.
Enacted Scripture | September 01, 2009
Drama on a Budget
Just in time for the holidays, here’s an easy one for all you sewers and weavers and other overworked "banner people."
Article | March 01, 2009
Creating Scripts from the Bible
The Bible is a rich source of dramatic material for worship. From medieval tropes to contemporary sketches, this workshop surveyed the ways people have adapted scripture for performance and then formed groups to create original scripture plays.
Audio | January 01, 2009
The Drama of Liturgy
What role can drama play in the various elements of liturgy? Drama has been used to introduce sermon topics or themes of worship, but there are even more possibilities. This session explored how drama can enhance the call to worship, confession and assurance, proclaiming the word, offering, and sacraments.
Video | January 01, 2009