December 2006

RW 82
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • There are many worship planning resources available on the Internet—some better than others. One site you may want to spend some time on is (see RW 80). We have culled the following practical ideas from three different blog entries.

  • Introducing Lent

    This drama was designed to be presented by two middle-school age boys as an introduction to the season of Lent. It was submitted by Tom Vos, pastor of First Christian Reformed Church, Wellsburg, Iowa .

    David: Hi, Tom! What’ve you been doing?

    Tom: Hey, David! I’m all about basketball right now. You too?

    David: Yeah, it’s real exciting: all the games—girls’ and boys’ tournaments, the Big Ten . . .

  • In this article Matteuci argues that Christian worship ought not to reflect some key aspects of North American culture. Matteucci reminds us that, regardless of our geographical location, the church is called to be in the world but not of it.


    American culture is driven and saturated by mass media. Opinion polls and election results reveal a culture deeply divided over political and moral issues, but this divide is rarely found in news reports, movies, or television programs aired on American media outlets.

  • In Jesus' Name

    This service was submitted by Philip Stel, pastor of First Christian Reformed Church, Lansing, Illinois. It was a joint service of three churches: Bethel Christian Reformed Church and First Christian Reformed Church of Lansing, Illinois, and Munster Christian Reformed Church, Munster, Indiana.



    Processional and Scripture Readings

    The Altar of Incense Prayer: Exodus 30:1-8

    “Old Testament” Prayer: Luke 1:8-10; Psalm 141:1-2

  • Reviews

    The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith, and the Christian Community
    by Robin M. Jensen.
    Eerdmans Publishing, 2004.

    This book is part of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series published by Eerdmans. The series is designed to promote reflection on the history, theology, and practice of Christian worship and to stimulate worship renewal in Christian congregations.

  • How do we use children’s art in worship without the result looking like the local grocery store coloring contest? You know—the ones where the same Easter Bunny is colored a thousand different ways, all of the entries are pasted on the wall, and the winners just happen to be from predetermined age groups and convenient regional representations of the town/city/state/province.

    I think we can improve on this idea and incorporate the Crayola contributions of our kids into worship—with dignity!

  • Letters

    Letters and E-mails

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    Website Kudos

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    Jeff Allred, Macon, Georgia

  • News and Notes


    RW ’s newly redesigned website features thousands of worship planning resources at your fingertips. Log on to access more than 1,700 articles on planning and leading worship from every RW issue since 1986. That’s twenty years’ worth of litanies, meditations, dramas, and other resources.

  • 2007 Conferences

    Grand Rapids, Michigan,
    January 5-6, Calvin College

  • Seven pod groups from Grace United Church began meeting in June 2003 to plan worship services for Lent 2004 (for more on pods see RW 75). The theme for the season was “Covenants.”