The banner committee of our church created a banner to accompany a seven-week worship series on the Lord's Prayer. The colors and stained-glass window design were chosen because they echo the windows in our sanctuary. A bulletin insert gave an explanation of the seven symbols, one for each week of the series:

Our Father in heaven: the outstretched hand of the father meets the searching hand of the child hallowed be your name: the Hebrew word for God, YHWH, was held to be so holy that it could not be spoken aloud

Your kingdom come: a royal crown
Give us today our daily bread: a loaf of bread
forgive us our debts: a money bag and coins
Lead us not into temptation: the path

For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen: Christ says of himself in Rev. 22, "I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."

The banner was 8'x5' with white background. The window sections were done in blues and purples, with the symbols in representative colors (gold for coins, etc.) We spent about $25.00 on material. We used a knit fabric for the background, attached the felt pieces for each section with "Wonder-under," and hot-glued the figures and black ribbon outlines.

The banner work group for the worship committee Cincinnati, Ohio Christian Reformed Church


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Montreal, NC June 16-22, 1996
Montreal, NC June 23-29, 1996

Two identical conferences that traditionally draw one thousand participants each week. Focus on six themes that help ilfumine the nature of the church: salt and light, ship at sea, promised kingdom, household of God, vine and branches.

Westminster, PA, July 7-13
Theme: The Sacraments: A Radical Demand. Our relationship to the sacraments, and through them, to the body of Christ, in order to better understand our purpose and mission.

Albuquerque, NM, July 14-20, 1996
Theme: How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land? with an emphasis on "generation diversity" a response to die rejection of today's worship by certain age groups. The above conferences are sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM). Each conference has full offerings for pastors, church musicians and educators, worship committees, singers, ringers, young and old. Families are encouraged to attend. Contact: PAM National Office, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396; (502) 569-5288; fax (502) 569-5018.

St. Louis, MO, June 9-12, 1996
Region lli of the Assoc, of Lutheran Church Musicians.
Contact: Henry Gerike, (314) 863-2979.

Lakeside, OH, June 22-28, 1996
Creator, the bimonthly magazine for balanced music ministries, presents its tenth Masterclass for church musicians and choir members, adult and youth. Contact: Ita Vellek, 7314 Claredon Dr. Minneapolis, MN 55439; (612) 942-0866 .

Fort Wayne, IN June 25-28, 1996
"All You Works of the Lord, Bless the Lord" Region I conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Contact: Robert Hobby, (219) 426-3424

Kansas City, KS, July 7-12, 1996
Grand Rapids, Ml, July 21-26, 1996

Two Choristers Guild Summer Seminars. Contact: Barbara Merry, Conference Coordinator, Choristers Guild, 2834 W. Kingsley Road, Garland, TX 75041; (214) 271-1521.

Oberlin, OH, July 14-18, 1996
Annual conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. At Oberlin College. Contact: The Hymn Society, PO Box 30854, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 921-7608; fax (817) 921-7333.

Northfield, MN, July 15-19, 1996
St. Olaf Conference on Theology; St. Olaf Conference on Music. Contact: Office of Church Relations, St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Ave., Northfield, MN 55057; (507)646-3842; FAX (507)646-3921; Internet:

Irvine, CA, July 21-24, 1996
Region IV conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Contact: Sylvia Luekens, (714) 842-0494

Berkeley, CA, July 22-26, 1996
Sacred Music Conference at the Pacific School of Religion, in association with the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Contact: Director of Summer Session, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709; (800) 999-0528.

Indianapolis, IN, August 17-20,1996
"Crossings of Space to Place__in Scripture, culture, symbol, time, & heart." For ail interested in the visual and aural aspects of worship space. Sponsored by the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, Spirituality and the Arts, 3513 "N" Street NW Washington, DC 20007 For a complete brochure, contact Conference Services by Loretta Reif, PO Box 5226, Rockford, IL 61125.

Nashville, TN, August 18-21, 1996
Workshop on church music for children, "Sing for Joy '96" Cosponsored by Abingdon Press and the Scarritt-Bennett Center Contact: Kathy McKiniey, (615) 340-7526.

Warwick, NY, September 14, 1996
"Vital Reformed Worship," a workshop sponsored by the the Orange and Mid-Hudson Classes of the Reformed Church in America. Contact: Lorraine Otterbein, Warwick Center , PO Box 349, Warwick NY 10990; (914) 986-1164.

Reformed Worship 40 © June 1996, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Used by permission.