March 1990

RW 15
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • How can we make congregational prayers more .meaningful? Like most pastors and worship leaders I've struggled with that question, searching for ways to make the prayer or prayers of the worship service truly the "prayers of the people."

  • The dramatic description of the wind and tongues of fire found in Acts 2 was the inspiration for this Pentecost banner, designed by Norman Mathias for Covenant Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center, Iowa. The banner was submitted by Joanne Alberda.


    Prelude (a time to prepare for worship with prayer)

    Words of Welcome

    Calling on God (from Psalm 104)

    May the love of God the Father, the
    grace of the Son, and the fellowship
    born of the Spirit be among you all.
    Que el amor de Dios el Padre, la gracia
    del Hip, y la comunidn del Espiritu
    permanezcan con todos ustedes.



    Prelude:"In Thee is Gladness".........................Busarow

    "When in Our Music God is Glorified"..................Stanford
    "Praise to the Lord"..................................Manz

    Choral Call to Worship: "Now With Joyful Exultation" (PH 95:1)

    God's Greeting

    Hymn: "When in Our Music God Is Glorified" (PH 512, RL 508)

    Scripture: Colossians 3:1-4,12-16

  • This service, organized around the six parts of the church year, was led by the junior choir of Park Christian Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan, at the conclusion of their choir season. For each part of the service, one choir member changed the pulpit parament with its appropriate colors and symbols. Others read passages from Scripture or Our World Belongs to God, a contemporary testimony found in the Worship Edition of the new Psalter Hymnal. And both choir and congregation sang songs for that season.

  • By some ancient arrangement, the entire town of Turtle Lake knew that in the event of a blizzard—October through April—First Church would always have services, no matter what the size of the drifts. The church's central location, people claimed, would allow the hardy and fervent from all congregations to plow through the banks to sanctuary at this one house of worship.

  • In most Reformed and Presbyterian churches, the typical Sunday morning worship service is a preaching service in which the sermon is regarded as the centerpiece. The Lord's Supper, or communion, is celebrated infrequently—perhaps four to six times a year—and is viewed by the congregation as something of a special occasion. Such occasional celebration is so much a part of the life of Calvinistic churches that it is probably not widely known that Calvin himself favored weekly celebration of communion.

  • The morning worship service is well under way. God's greeting and his people's praise have already been sounded. Sins have been confessed and forgiven. The order of worship calls for "Profession of Faith and Holy Baptism." We listen and watch expectantly.