Here’s a first for Reformed Worship: we’ve made all the wedding articles and resources from past issues of Reformed Worship available on our website: Most of the resources come from RW 16, our first wedding theme issue. We’ve also included one resource from RW 47:40. You’ll find resources on wedding customs, a wedding checklist, music suggestions, and much more.


September 1, 2000, is the deadline for applying for a Worship Renewal Grant for the year 2001. Last year the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship awarded twelve grants (see RW 51, p. 48); in the coming year twenty awards will be granted. This is the second of a three-year program of grants funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The program is designed to serve a grass-roots constituency of those concerned with the vitality of worship life in their local Christian communities in a variety of denominations.

For more information, call the Institute at 616-957-6088; e-mail:; website:


The following wedding resources from the Calvin Symposium on Worship and the Arts held in January 2000 are available on the website of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship:

  • “Proclaiming Christ at Christian Weddings,” Dale Cooper, chaplain at Calvin College. Notes on his address along with an audio excerpt of his seminar for couples (with order information for the entire presentation on cassette).
  • “Solo and Organ Music Ideas for Weddings.” Resource lists from Michael Denhem, director of music ministries at the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., and Ted Gibboney, director of music at First Baptist Church, Indianapolis.
  • “Profound Moments at Christian Weddings.” Twenty memorable examples from Christ-centered services.


A new CD of psalms sung and played to tunes of the Genevan Psalter is the happy result of a collaborative effort between the Meeter Center of Calvin Studies, the Calvin College Music Department, and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Many psalms are sung by the Campus Choir and Capella of Calvin College, the Sweelink Singers, three church choirs, and a congregation of several hundred. Other psalm arrangements are played by different organists on a variety of instruments in Canada and the U.S.

Copies of the CD are available for $12.99 plus tax and shipping; to order contact the Calvin College Bookstore at 1-800-748-0122 or e-mail


For one-stop shopping for anything related to congregational song, check out the Book Service of the Hym Society from their new website: This is the most convenient place to order hymnals and supplements from virtually all denominational sources.


We’d like to acknowledge with gratitude a gift of all the back issues of Reformed Worship from a long-time reader. Rev. Richard E. Cruzius from Allentown, Pennsylvania, called recently to ask if we would have any use for an entire set beginning with the very first issue. Since he is retiring and disposing of his library in preparation of a move, he started to look for good homes for his books and journals. He wrote:

Today I mailed four boxes which contain my complete file of Reformed Worship. No, I do not want to be reimbursed for mailing costs. I am happy to find a good home for your valuable publication.

Since we were just then ready to welcome Ron Rienstra, our new associate editor, we gratefully received these copies—now Ron has a complete set. What an encouraging gift that was!


In RW 55 (March 2000), we neglected to mention that “Ten Questions Youth Leaders Ask About Worship” by Sally Morgenthaler and Robert Webber was reprinted from YouthWorker (Aug. 1999). The sidebars by Barry Liesch, Amanda Benckhuysen, Kira Sieplinga, Roy Berkenbosch, and Richard VanderVaart were original.

Also in RW 55 we printed Part 1 of Kathy Sneller’s “How to . . . Encourage the Children in Your Congregation to Worship” and promised Part 2 in RW 56. But we ran out of room! Please look for Part 2 in RW 57.



A one-day leadership training seminar led by Robert Webber in his continuing “Renew Your Worship!” series. Thousands of people have benefited from his teaching in many different cities throughout North America. Contact the Institute for Worship Studies, Box 894, Wheaton, IL 60189; 630-510-8905; fax 630-510-0601; website:

Partial listing:

Jackson, Michigan, September 25, 2000
Barrington, Rhode Island, October 21, 2000
Portland, Maine, October 27, 2000


Montreat, NC, June 18-24; June 25-July 1, 2000 (two identical conferences)
“Old Wine and New Wineskins: Bringing Together in Worship the Best of the Past to Blend with the Best of the Present.” The oldest and largest PAM conference; more than 1000 adults and children attend each week.

New Wilmington, PA, July 9-14, 2000
“Toward a New Millennium: ‘And I saw a new heaven . . .’” A worship conference that grapples with issues of isolation, division, and hurt in the world and seeks to provide a vision for the church in the next century. New Wilmington is just north of Pittsburgh.

Albuquerque, NM, July 16-21, 2000
“I am the vine; you are the branches.” A worship conference to minister and grow to meet the needs of the diverse and changing church.

For information on all three conferences, contact PAM, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville KY 40202-1396; 502-569-5288; fax 502-569-8465; e-mail:


Kansas City, MO, July 9-14, 2000
Grand Rapids, MI, July 23-28, 2000
Lebanon Valley, PA, August 10-12

For information, contact Choristers Guild, 2834 West Kingsley Road, Garland, TX 75041-2498; 972-271-1521; fax: 972-840-3113; e-mail:; website:

Chicago, IL, July 10-13, 2000
“Worship 2000 Jubilee: Lifting Up Jesus Christ Yesterday, Today, and Forever.” Sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in partnership with the worship staff from Augsburg Fortress. Held in downtown Chicago churches with plenary sessions in the historic ballroom of Navy Pier on the lakefront. Contact: Augsburg Fortress, 100 South Fifth St. P.O. Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440-1209; Registration limited to 1200.

Ancaster, ON, July 14-15, 1999
Magnify the Lord! A worship conference at Redeemer College in association with Reformed Worship and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Contact: Bert Polman, Redeemer College, 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON L9K 1J4 Canada; 904-648-2131; fax: 905-648-2134; e-mail:

Boston, MA, July 18-22, 2000
Hymnwriting 2000 Workshop led by John Bell, Ruth Duck, Al Fedak, Bill Rowan, and Brian Wren. For all those interested in developing the craft of writing hymn texts and/or tunes. Contact: The Hymn Society, 1-800-THE HYMN; e-mail:; website

Boston, MA, July 23-27, 2000
20 Centuries of Congregational Song, at the annual conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Contact: The Hymn Society. 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA 02215-1401; 800-THE-HYMN; e-mail;

Northfield, MN, July 24-28, 2000
St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts, cosponsored by St. Olaf College and Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Contact: David Neuger, 507-646-3472; fax: 507-646-3536

Atlanta, GA, August 2-5, 2000
Festival Gathering 2000 of NOBS (Network of Biblical Storytellers). Theme: “Parables of the Reign of God.” Presentations and workshops on.

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