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In Memoriam: David Winecoff

Reformed Worship editorial council member David Winecoff died in a tragic accident while rock climbing in Colorado on August 18. David was 39, and he and his wife Jane have four children, ages 12, 8, 3, and 1. David was pastor of the Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis, Missouri, and taught part-time at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

David Winecoff was very knowledgeable and passionate about worship in the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition. He made a valuable contribution to our twice-yearly brainstorming meetings in which council and staff discuss worship issues we should be addressing in Reformed Worship. We will all miss him.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Each year, The Graymoor Ecumenical Institute prepares an annual packet of materials used each January by many churches around the world. The 1994 theme, "Called to Be One in Heart and Soul," is worked out in a daily Scripture and prayer guide, liturgical resources, bulletin art, and suggested ecumenical activities. Contact: Graymoor Ecumenical Institute, Garrison, NY 10524, (914) 424-3458.

CONFERENCES

Fort Lauderdale, FL, January 4-9, 1994
Nineteenth Annual Church Music Explosion. Contact Shirley Reymond, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5555 N. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308; (305) 771-8840, ext. 172.


Portland, OR, January 13-15,1994
Dallas, TX, January 31-February 2, 1994
Festival of Worship Introducing the new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Common Worship, a collection of liturgical resources in the Reformed tradition. Contact: Denise Williams, Theology and Worship Ministry Unit, Rm. 3406A, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396; (502) 569-5289; FAX (502) 569-5018.



Grand Rapids, Ml, January 21-22,1994
Seventh Annual Symposium on Worship and Church Music at Calvin College. Contact: Department of Music, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506; (616) 957-6453.


Northwest IA, January 28-29,1994
Worship Conference at Dordt and Northwestern Colleges, with a focus on Lent and Easter worship. Cosponsored by the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America. Contact: Dr. Karen De Mol, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA 51250, (712) 722-3771.

YOUR KINGDOM COME
REFORMED WORSHIP ANNOUNCES A NEW HYMN SEARCH

As Christians, we acknowledge that we are all called to full-time kingdom service. We believe that call is cosmic in scope, and is related to a vision of the kingdom that has come and is still coming. But what exactly are we asking when we pray "Your kingdom come"? What that request means for Christians who are living out their lives in the last decade of the twentieth century is the focus of this hymn competition.

Entry Rules

Texts: The hymn texts should use contemporary and inclusive language with imagery that is current in North American culture. Texts may be submitted without music or set to a new tune. A select number of texts will be sent to composers who so request.

Music: The tune should be conceived for congregational singing and set for organ or piano.

Submit: Please submit four photocopies of each entry.

Prizes

$200 (US) for first-place text
$200 (US) for first-place music


Honorable mentions will also be announced.

Deadlines

Text: January 1,1994

Musk: July 1,1994. Upon composers request, a selection of the best texts will be sent by March 1,1994.

The winning combination of text and music will be published in Re-formed Worship 36 (March, 1995).

Judges

Texts:

Bert Polman, Professor of Music, Redeemer College, Ancaster, Ontario.
Henrietta Ten Harmsel, Professor of English Emeritus, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Lorna Van Gilst, Professor of English, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa.



Music:

John Derksen, professor of church music at Knox College, Toronto, Ontario.
Alfred V Fedak, organist and director of music at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany, New York.
Jacobus Kloppers, professor of music, The King's College, Edmonton, Alberta.



This hymn search is underwritten by the Christian Reformed Churches of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Send your entries

to Hymn Competition
Reformed Worship
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Grand Rapids, MI 49560
FAX: 616-246-0834





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