March 1994

RW 31
Ascension/Pentecost
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Notes

    Reformed Worship Hymn Search

    A new hymn competition was announced on the inside back cover of the last two issues of Reformed Worship. The deadline for the text entries was January 1. We are glad to report that many of you submitted new texts on our theme, "Your Kingdom Come." Those texts are now being considered by the three text judges.

  • Some congregations are beginning to explore different options for their second service. One such option is a home worship service, in which small groups from B-iecongregationmeetfor-worship, a meal and fellowship. Small groups from Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, gather for home worship wlienever there's a fifth Sunday in the month—four times a year.

  • Letters

    Liked Anniversary Resources

  • All of the songs in this issue of Reformed Worship—the three "Hymn of the Month" selections as well as the song on page 41—will be included in a new chUdrens hymnal scheduled for release by CRC Publications later this year. The new hymnal, Songs for LiFE, is designed for use with children in preschool through grade 6. It will be an excellent resource for church school, children's choirs, or Christian day schools. Some churches may even want to consider using it as a supplementary pew hymnal.

  • When I first arrived as the new associate pastor at a congregation I once served, I found the church trying to recover from a conflict involving my predecessor. He had been advocating more "praise-oriented" worship at the two Sunday morning traditional services. And he had lost the dispute. Upon his resignation, a significant number of the younger families left the congregation. Many of those remaining were still asking for an alternative to our traditional Lutheran service.