December 1995

RW 38
Lent/Easter
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • This service was submitted by Ken Baker, pastor of Third Christian Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He writes: "After preaching a series on the Ten Commandments, I developed a liturgy for a concluding Service of Rededication. Whether as a 'wrap up' service, as in our case, or standing on its own, such a service can play a meaningful role in reinforcing the meaning of the Decalogue in our lives." The readings were taken from different "Responsive Readings of the Law" (PsH p. 1013-1018).

    Prelude

  • Q. You recently wrote about the shape of the communion table. In our church the question is, "Where shall we put it?"

    A. A few years ago RW carried an article, "Where's the Font?" We can now ask, "Where's the table?" Let me answer the question by relating what I have seen in a number of Reformed church buildings.

  • The Book of Daily Prayer by Robert Webber. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993. 532 pages. Cloth, $39.99; Paper, $24.99.
    A Call to Prayer: Public Worship Through the Christian Year ed. by Caryl Micklem. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993.176 pages. $12.99.

  • This Lenten series works at clarifying an often-misunderstood statement from the Apostles' Creed "He descended into hell," The aim is to teach that Christ's loneliness and suffering intensified as he moved more deeply into the agony of hell. Even his close friends did not understand what was happening, thereby increasing their Lord's loneliness. Finally Christ called out in anguish, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

    LENT 1: WALKING INTO PAIN
  • Edinburgh, Saint Andrew Press, 1994. 700 pp.

    Worship books, both denominational and "commercial," are becoming plentiful. This plenitude is reason for thanks; it appears that God's people are working hard on prayer, praise, and worship.

    The latest denominational book to cross my desk is the Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland. A fine book it is.

  • When the service began, the eight readers were already seated silently around a communion table, three on each side, one on each end. The sanctuary lights were dimmed. Two candles were lit on the table, providing additional light by which to read. The readers each had a copy of the script in front of them and passed a handheld mike to read in turn around the table.

    Song: "Were You There" PsH 377, PH 102, SFL 167, TH 260

    [played once by solo violin (or saxophone), then stanza 1 sung by all]

  • Letters

    UNCOMFORTABLE ABOUT COMFORT IN WORSHIP