Karen De Mol is co-chair of the worship committee of First Christian Reformed Church (Sioux Center) and professor of music emerita at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Planning this service with Karen were Mark Verbruggen, pastor; Jim Bos and Elizabeth Van Maanen, members of the Worship Committee of First Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center, Iowa.
Articles by this author:
- A Service for Reformation Day
Reformation Day services are often festive, rightly celebrating the recovery of central Christian truths in the Protestant Reformation: the great “solas”—by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Another great recovery in the time of the Reformation was that of congregational singing and particularly of psalm-singing. It was psalm-singing that became part of the focus of the 2012 Reformation Day service of several Christian Reformed churches in Sioux Center, Iowa.
- A Reformation Day Service
A service in which every congregational song is a Genevan psalm? In this day of blended services, of drawing on song resources in many styles and from the global community? That is exactly what First Christian Reformed Church did on Reformation Day in 2010.
We Gather to Worship
Prelude: "Jesus Shall Reign"
Introit: "Lift Up Your Heads"
[from Messiah, Handel]
We are fond of quoting Psalm 150. All those instruments —trumpet, harp and lyre, flute and strings, even tambourine and cymbals—paint a sound-picture of orchestral dimensions in Old Testament worship.