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Responding to Violence in Prayer
On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, before the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, someone broke into a church near Waco, Texas, a historically African American congregation, and vandalized the property with hateful graffiti. The pastor of the church is a student at Baylor’s Truett Seminary. At the request of Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone, the Office of Spiritual Life at Baylor developed this prayer guide which will be used at community-wide gatherings on Friday, August 18.
Worship Service | August 17, 2017
Ron Rienstra on Liturgical Performance and Improvisation
You might think of performance as totally out of place in Holy Communion. But performance and improvisation can help leaders and worshipers show and tell the gospel with their whole selves.
Conversation | July 21, 2017
Ron Rienstra on the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Christian traditions refer to the prayer before communion as the eucharistic prayer, the Great Thanksgiving, or the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving. If your Lord’s Suppers don’t include this prayer, then you very well may be missing out on a rich opportunity for faith formation.
Conversation | July 21, 2017
Singing Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer: Lily Constantine Kakish and Eric Sarwar
Lily Constantine Kakish and Eric Sarwar share their stories of how they have witnessed the identity-shaping impact of singing Psalms and the Lord's Prayer in the Arabic language and tune.
Video | March 23, 2017
Lily Constantine Kakish on the Arabic Lord’s Prayer Song
Lily Constantine Kakish created the Arabic Lord’s Prayer song that nearly every Arab Christian knows. Now an English language version is helping more people pray with, and on behalf of, suffering Christians.
Conversation | November 07, 2016
“The Justice Calling” Authors on Becoming a Just Church
Some churches care deeply about studying the Bible. Others are passionate about justice. Authors Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson offer help for congregations that care or want to care about both.
Conversation | July 12, 2016
Worship that Calls Us to Reflect God’s Heart for Justice
Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson co-wrote The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance. They explain how weekly worship helps congregations keep working with, and waiting on, God to make all things new.
Feature Story | July 12, 2016
How the News Shapes Our Prayers and Preaching
If our public prayers and preaching are at all responsive to the needs of the world, then how we glean information about the world is crucial.
Video | May 02, 2016
Duane Kelderman on Weddings and Worship
A Christian wedding is a reflection of the people getting married. But the wedding is not meant to be just about one couple. A Christian wedding at its best is also a form of worship in which God calls and the gathered people respond.
Conversation | June 16, 2015
Christian Weddings Worth Remembering
Making weddings more like worship infuses them with sparkle and meaning that last far beyond memories of who wore what.
Feature Story | June 16, 2015
Learning to lead worship takes practice, but where does one begin?
Video | March 10, 2015
Fasting: A cross-cultural perspective on the season of Lent
The Season of Lent brings to mind the historical practice of fasting, of “giving up” something in order to “take up” something else.
Article | October 30, 2014
Public Intercessory Prayer that Renews Worship
Want a no-cost, non-controversial way to renew worship for all ages in your congregation? Start praying for the worldwide church.
Feature Story | April 28, 2014
Karen Campbell, Jerry Pillay and Eric Sarwar on Global Prayer
Praying for the worldwide church was a priority at the 2014 Calvin Symposium on Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Leaders from many nations described how to pray for their churches and fellow citizens. Three of them, all Presbyterian pastors, also gave brief interviews.
Conversation | April 28, 2014
Praying for Shalom in the Psalms
Isaiah is famous for his prophecies of shalom—a coming time in which God would make right all that is wrong with the world. All of creation would be fruitful and benign. All humans would be knit together in brotherhood and sisterhood. All creation and all humans would delight in God. In short, God and creation would once again be webbed together in justice, harmony, and delight. The Psalmists, too, pray for shalom. This workshop will discuss these prayers. How do psalmists pray for shalom and how are their prayers important for our own worship?
Audio | March 04, 2014
Learning from and Praying for the Worldwide Church part 2
How can a congregation in one part of the world best pray for our neighbors around the world?
Audio | February 20, 2014
Learning from and Praying for the Worldwide Church
How can a congregation in one part of the world best pray for our neighbors around the world? Listen and learn, with resources from and for different parts of the Church, including stories from natives of different countries and cultures.
Audio | Video | February 17, 2014
Complementary Prayers: Prayers to Accompany the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the new hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts
This workshop will display and discuss prayers that have been composed to complement psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in Lift Up Your Hearts.
Audio | February 17, 2014
Complementary Prayers for Lift Up Your Hearts
Prayers to Accompany the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of Lift Up Your Hearts.
Article | September 18, 2013
God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises: Hymns and Prayers for Devotional Use
To express gratitude to God for the gifts we received through Bert, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers this collection of some of Bert Polman's litanies and prayers, hymns and psalm versifications.
Meditation/Reflection | July 18, 2013