March 1993

RW 27
Ascension/Pentecost
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • The Lord is King

    CALL TO WORSHIP

    Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.

    Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
    —Hebrews 4:14,16

    [or]

    Go and make disciples of all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, to the end of time.
    —Matthew 28:19a, 20b

    Alleluia!

    [or]

  • Questions are powerful. Ronald Reagan may have won an election simply by asking, 'Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" Wendy's Hamburger chain may have propelled itself into major contention with giant McDonald's by asking a simple three-word question: "Where's the beef?"

    And consider this: When Adam and Eve fell into sin, God responded not with charges, accusations, or pronouncements, but with questions ... one after another. Listen:

  • Edward Foley. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1991.206 pages.

    This fine book would be improved by a more clear subtitle. In the old-fashioned tradition of long book titles, it should go something like this: A Brief but Accurate History of Roman Catholic Worship, with a Brief Glance at Some Protestant Worship Traditions.

  • This service was originally held with the congregations of Pleasant Street and Fahiawn Christian Reformed Churches, Whitinsville, Massachusetts. It was submitted by Wilma Vander Baan, organist at Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church.

    Prelude: "Come, Holy Spirit, God and Lord"
    [arr. G. Winston Cassler]

    "Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid"
    [arr. for brass, Vaclav Nelhybel]

  • The Question that Haunts Us

    "However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

    Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
    Related Scriptures:
    Old Testament: Deut. 32:48-52
    Psalter: Psalm 62
    Epistle:! Peter 1:3-9

    The question for this first week is very instructive, because it reveals the first thing Christ will be looking for at the great moment when history reaches its climax, and he returns to sift the hearts of all peoples.