June 1991

RW 20
THEME: Praise and Worship
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • CALL TO WORSHIP

    This is a day of Thanksgiving. Our God has been very good to us. It is a day for harvest celebration.

    Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

    "When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."
    (Deuteronomy 8:10)

    "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name."
    (Psalm 100:4)

  • For this theme issue we are breaking with the tradition of presenting three hymns for singing in three different months. Rather, in keeping with the style of Praise and Worship music, we include three songs that are presented in a medley fashion. The intention is for the congregation to have access to the words on overheads while the musicians play from the music. The transitions and the accompaniment for "Father, We Love You" were composed by Marie Elzinga.

  • Letters

    Copy Right! Approved

    Congratulations on Emily Brink's fine article "Copy Right!" (RW18). You did indeed get it right. Such articles are most helpful to those of us in the industry who are involved in this continuing educational problem.

    Also please thank Ronald Wells for his interesting article on Thomas Cran-mer in that same issue.

    George H. Shorney, President
    Hope Publishing Company
    Carol Stream, IL 60188

  • Notes

    NOTES
    Children and Worship at Colam

    The workshops on children and worship at the Conference on Liturgy and Music at Redeemer College were to be led by Melody Takken-Meeter. However, due to a recent move, she will be unable to attend the conference.

  • James was the leader of the first Christian church, the church in Jerusalem (Acts 12:17; 13:15). His letter is written out of pastoral concern for the spiritual life of Christ's followers. In a very practical way, he addresses the actions and attitudes of Christians. The book of James is a protest against hypocrisy and a call for the transforming force of faith. The apostle's themes closely follow Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount.

    WEEK 1
    James 1

  • Pastor," said a young man, barely out of his teens, "don't take this personally, but the most boring thing that we do in our worship services is pray. I really have trouble staying awake—especially during the 'long prayer.'"

    This young man's statement bothered me a great deal. He found prayer monotonous. He hinted that he didn't think praying was important. And I knew how damaging his attitude could be.

  • Like many of you, the things that I value in worship are deeply colored by my past. I grew up in a rather conservative, traditional church without much liturgical awareness. There was good fellowship and vibrant singing (our organist played at the local roller rink during the week, giving a certain energy and beat to the music when we sang). Fanny Crosby was a staple in our musical diet during worship, and we enjoyed having the minister accompany the congregational singing on his trombone.