December 1996

RW 42
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Call to Worship: Matthew 11:28-30

    Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."

    O Lord, we turn unfilled to you again.

    Jesus says, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

    Our souls are restless until we find our rest in you.

  • Scripture: John 8:12-20


    "Shine, Jesus Shine" RW 39:26; SFL 239

    "Christ, the Life of All the Living" PsH 371

    Because this song was new to our congregation, we printed a brief history of the hymn in the liturgy and asked the choir to sing the first two verses. "This Little Light of Mine"

    We invited the children to come forward and sing this to the congregation.

  • In 1995, Natalie Lombard created the liturgical art for COLAM 95, the Conference on Liturgy and Music cosponsored by Reformed Worship and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Throughout the week of the conference, she added elements to the worship space in the Calvin chapel. The final day, when all the elements were in place, everyone came to morning worship and sat beneath the stunningly beautiful mobile and canopy.

  • Scripture: John 10:11-21


    Call to Worship: Psalm 95

    Children' Choir: "The Good Shepherd" Delmonte

    Children's Sermon

    Our director of children's ministry led the children through the Children and Worship lesson on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Using an oversized flannel-board and figures, she spoke of the Good Shepherd who seeks out his sheep.


  • Scripture: John 11:17-44



    Our praise team led this service and used the following songs: "Celebrate Jesus," "Hosanna," "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High," "He Is Lord", "There Is a Redeemer," and "I Looked Up." All of them can be found in Songs for Praise and Worship (Word, 1992).


    "And Can It Be That I Should Gain" PsH 267, RL 450, TH 455

  • This service was prepared by Kenneth D. Powell and David Tiedman, pastor and music director respectively of Pilgrim Church (United Church of Christ), Sherborn, Massachusetts. Powell composed the prayers and Tiedman the musical arrangements, some of which are included here. Since the songs come from different sources, the printed program for the service includes photocopies of all hymns, text, and music.

  • Lent, Easter, Ascension Day—what a marvelous time in the Church Year to think about the greatest events in the salvation story! What a time to bring our full adoration to our Savior— in song as well as in word!

    To help us give voice to our adoration, more diverse styles of music are being used in worship today than ever before. "Musical eclecticism is the call of the day" (from of the preface of Gather, p. 6).