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Worship and Mental Health

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We are struggling in our ministry with many people in our congregation who have mental health concerns. We have responded to this pastorally, but not really in worship. Are there resources for engaging this in worship?

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The Incarnation, Worship, and our Daily Lives

Recently Reformed Worship was able to pose the following questions about the incarnation to three individuals.

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I’ve sometimes heard the phrase “incarnational worship.” What does that mean? What is the significance of the incarnation for our daily living and worship?

Here are their responses:

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Human Misery and Compelling Causes

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What profound needs we face in the world! How few of them we ever hear about in worship, in spite of dozens of remarkable Christian agencies and organizations that are responding to them! How can we change that?

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Sunday’s Prayer and Monday’s Work

Praying for Discipleship in the Workplace

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We are excited about a vision of “vocational discipleship,” the idea that faith shapes how we engage in the workplace. We are starting to think about setting aside a Sunday to focus on this. What advice do you have?

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The Holy Spirit in Worship

Beyond a “God of the Gaps”

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I hear a lot of colloquial language about the Holy Spirit that doesn’t feel right to me. For example, one of our leaders likes to say, “I didn’t have time to plan—what a great opportunity for the Holy Spirit.” What do you think?

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Lament and Praise as a Way of Life

Why Every Church Should Assess Its Weekly Worship Pattern

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Our church feels called to address some major societal issues as a congregation, including racism, the history of genocide of indigenous peoples, and human trafficking. The question is how we will do this in worship. Some have suggested we have a special service that focuses on each key issue. But that doesn’t feel right. I fear we will just have a succession of single-issue services and then drop our concern.

Commemorating the Reformation for the 500th Time

A Compelling Pastoral and Discipleship Opportunity

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I am hearing a lot about ways to commemorate the Reformation, especially as we approach the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses in 2017. I am feeling a bit ill-equipped to approach this thoughtfully. What advice do you have?

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The Super-Concentrated Practice of Public Worship

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I have recently been reading some literature that speaks about public worship as a “concentrated form of Christian practice.” I like the sound of that phrase, but I can’t define or explain it. Can you help me?

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The Pastoral Challenges of Summer

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Looking ahead to summer, I am already frustrated by how many of our church members will be gone. Whatever happened to loyalty to a congregation? Do people realize what a burden this creates for those of us who remain at home?

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Whatever Happened to the Second Coming?

This article is also available in Spanish and Korean at reformed worship.org. Don't forget that you will need the password found on the inside front cover.

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¿Qué pasó con la segunda venida?

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It has been years since I've heard a sermon or sung a song about Jesus' second coming. Why? How do we recover that?

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