John Paarlberg

John D. Paarlberg is Minister for Social Witness and Worship for the Reformed Church in America.


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  • Pentecost Prayer

    Pentecost Prayer

    Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life:

    At the beginning of time you moved over the face of the waters;
    you breathe into every living being the breath of life.

    Come, Creator Spirit, and renew the whole creation.

    Sung Refrain (see p. 37 for music)

    Come, Holy Spirit.
    Come, Holy Spirit.
    Come, Lord, come.

  • The Albany Synod of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) presented a conference in October, 1994, entitled "The Earth Is the Lord's: A Creation Celebration." The conference began Friday evening with a worship service, and continued all day Saturday with an address by Loren Wilkinson, several workshops, and three worship times—morning, noon, and afternoon. Rev. John Paarlberg, from the Office for Social Witness for the RCA, prepared the four worship services.

  • The traditional service of nine lessons and carols traces the story of our salvation from the disobedience of Adam and Eve to the birth of Christ. In this service, following each carol, a symbol is brought forward. (You'll find the symbols in boldfaced type in the leader's readings.) Each of these symbols recall the lesson just read and also point to our redemption in Christ.

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