Rob Toornstra (firstname.lastname@example.org) is pastor of Sunnyslope Christian Reformed Church, Salem, Oregon. The worship planners who helped write this service are Sue Imig, Debbie Denno, Margie Vandeburgt and Trena Vandeburgt.
Articles by this author:
- Worshipping with Psalm 130
As our worship committee planned a service around Psalm 130, we were reminded that this is a Psalm of ascents, sung by the people of Israel as they approached the temple to worship. The psalmist begins in the depths of sin, moves to trusting in God as the One who forgives, and concludes with a communal call to trust in God. Wanting to remain true to the text, we planned our service as a journey moving from sin to trust. This momentum helped us all to acknowledge our need for a Savior and to go forward, confidently trusting in the Lord’s compassion.
- A Candlelight Service for Three Readers
Last December, our worship committee was looking for an idea for our annual candlelight service. For our Advent worship we had used the series “The Places of Christmas” (RW 77), which traced the places along God’s story of redemption. To build on this theme, our worship team came up with “People and Places of the Nativity”—a service looking at the significance of the ordinary people and places of the nativity story.