March 1995

RW 35
Ascension/Pentecost
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Conferences

    Stony Brook, NY March 24-25, 1995
    Children and Worship Enrichment Event, with Jerome Berryman. For children's worship leaders. Contact: Sue Ellis, Reformed Church in America, 4500 60th St. SE, Grand Rapids, Ml 49512; (616) 698-7071; fax (616) 698-6606.

  • Letters

    Seasonal Liturgy Idea Was Helptul

    We have used this magazine for some years now, and the blocks of services, e.g., Lent & Easter, or Advent, have been used extensively.

    Not having a pastor of our own has made this manual invaluable to us. We are able to plan blocks of services two months ahead. By providing our guest ministers with the basic services and themes well in advance, we have not had a sermon plunked in a service without each relating to the other. The cooperation from our guest ministers has been marvelous.

  • I walked with him from house to barn, conversing about the wolves he said he held in trust. After passing through the farrowing pens and past rooms of pigs and piglets, we emerged from the hog house to the outdoor fold. There, in billows of sweet fresh hay, lay resting sows enjoying their sabbath: God's creatures all.

  • by Don Hustad. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Co., 1993. 595 pp., $29.95.

    No matter where we worship, we are faced today with the changing nature of worship. Hustad traces the history of music and worship, marking the many times in the life of the church that music and worship have undergone significant, and often painful, renewal. The context given by Hustad helps us to better understand the changing dynamics of worship today.

  • The Albany Synod of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) presented a conference in October, 1994, entitled "The Earth Is the Lord's: A Creation Celebration." The conference began Friday evening with a worship service, and continued all day Saturday with an address by Loren Wilkinson, several workshops, and three worship times—morning, noon, and afternoon. Rev. John Paarlberg, from the Office for Social Witness for the RCA, prepared the four worship services.

  • What style of music is most appropriate for the worship service?"

    If you've ever raised this question, you know how quickly it can polarize a congregation and with what disastrous consequences. During the years I have served as a pastor and a church musician, I've made the "mistake" of asking this question myself. I've learned firsthand, in the trenches, what a volatile issue church music can be.

    Heart Problems

  • There is no "Hymn of the Month" in this issue. Instead, we present the results of the first hymn competition held by Reformed Worship. In RW 29 (September, 1993) we announced that a number of churches in Edmonton, Alberta, had collected funds to underwrite a competition. Joachim Segger, director of music at West End Christian Reformed Church, wrote:

  • Character 1 (Nehemiah)
    Character 2
    Character 3
    Character 4

    Running Time

    Approximately 8 minutes

    Staging Notes

    This reader's theater piece is conceived for a variety of settings. The style, however, is always presentational: in other words, the action is projected out to the audience.