Rob Toornstra

Rob Toornstra ( is pastor of Sunnyslope Christian Reformed Church, Salem, Oregon. The worship planners who helped write this service are Sue Imig, Debbie Denno, Margie Vandeburgt and Trena Vandeburgt.

Articles by this author:

  • Fufilled

    A Series on the Feasts

    What do dead sheep, bloody doorposts, stone-ground flour, bread, and tents have in common? Each of these were visual aids that God gave to his people to draw them into a full-bodied relationship with himself.

  • From Sin to Trust

    Worshipping with Psalm 130

    As our worship committee planned a service around Psalm 130, we were reminded that this is a Psalm of ascents, sung by the people of Israel as they approached the temple to worship. The psalmist begins in the depths of sin, moves to trusting in God as the One who forgives, and concludes with a communal call to trust in God. Wanting to remain true to the text, we planned our service as a journey moving from sin to trust. This momentum helped us all to acknowledge our need for a Savior and to go forward, confidently trusting in the Lord’s compassion.

  • People and Places of the Nativity

    A Candlelight Service for Three Readers

    Last December, our worship committee was looking for an idea for our annual candlelight service. For our Advent worship we had used the series “The Places of Christmas” (RW 77), which traced the places along God’s story of redemption. To build on this theme, our worship team came up with “People and Places of the Nativity”—a service looking at the significance of the ordinary people and places of the nativity story.