Harry Boonstra

Harry Boonstra (hboonstr@calvin.edu) is former theological editor of RW and emeritus theological librarian of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Articles by this author:

  • Book: God's Children in Worship

    Discipleship Resources, 1988.

    This brand-new package by the United Methodist Church is an ambitious undertaking. It features a thirteen-session instruction program, aimed at systematically teaching children and parents about worship.

  • Book: Helping Children Feel at Home in Church

    by Margie Morris.Discipleship Resources, 1988. 66 pp.

    What can you do at home to make church more meaningful for your children? A Methodist author presents sensible, workable discussions, exercises, and games to help children understand worship and become a part of it. She demonstrates how we can explain various aspects of the worship service and how children can be participants who joyfully share in praising God. In some ways this is a simplified version of the Ng and Thomas book—a good place to start.

  • Book: Let the Little Children Come

    by Sheri Triezenberg and Susan K. Verwys. Grand Rapids, 1988. Available from the authors, 2551 Birchcrest SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. $28.50.

  • Book: Young Children and Worship

    by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman. Westminster Press, 1989.

    See "Letting the Story Stand" (p. 25) for further information about the program described in this book.

    Our Heritage of Hymns. Choristers Guild, 1986
    Exploring the Hymnal. Choristers Guild, 1986.

    These two educational books, reviewed in RW 5, are excellent resources for teaching children about the hymns of the church.

  • Preaching About Worship

    Worship is at the heart of congregational life. Without so much as knowing the word liturgy, the people of God bring their praises and gifts, listen to the Word, are fed at the table, and are strengthened by each other's fellowship. Our congregational worship is good and pleasing to the Lord.

  • Speaking in Tongues

    "How is it that we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own language?"

  • The Passion Story

    A dramatic reading from Luke 23

    The passion narrative, which describes the suffering of Jesus during the crucifixion and the week that preceded it, forms one of the key events in the Christian story, a story the church must listen to. Many congregations read all of the passion story during Holy Week—sometimes in one service. The evening service of Palm/'Passion Sunday offers a fine opportunity for such a reading.

  • Advent Litanies

    Based on the psalms the Common Lectionary recommends this year for the four Sundays in Advent

  • Service Planning for the Season After Pentecost

    In issue 7 of RW our Service Planning encompassed the beginning of the Season after Pentecost, and the Scripture commentary dealt with the three Common Lectionary passages for each Sunday. For this issue we have chosen the close of the Season after Pentecost (October 9-November 13), and rather than providing comment on all three passages, we have focused on the gospel reading. This focus will encourage preaching a brief series on one book—an aim of the lectionary for this season.

  • Let the Children Come to Me: an Interview with Norman Thomasma

    Some churches have Kinder Kirk. Others offer a children's message. Some have a children's worship center. Others largely ignore children in public worship. All of them are responding in some way to the question. How should children be involved in worship?