September 1990

RW 17
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • If you've ever waited for something important to happen, then you understand the significant feelings surrounding the Advent season. Advent is like an expectant mother waiting to give birth. She and her husband have spent months, perhaps even years, talking about and planning for this child. Advent is the last stretch of the planning. The time is coming close now. Is everything ready? Suitcase packed? Doctor and hospital phone numbers close at hand? Is it time? Now?

  • A celebration of the Christmas story


    The People of God Gather

    Prelude: "In Dulci Jubilo"

    Opening Hymn: "Hark, the Glad Sound!"
    (PsH 335, RL 251, TH162)


    To Prepare for the Lord's Coming

    Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7

    Lighting of the Advent Candle

    New Testament Reading: 2 Peter 3:10-13


    Jean Berger, "The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee," Augsburg 11-1264. Moderately difficult SATB (some unusual melodic intervals in each voice part); well worth the effort.

    Paul Bunjes, arr,, "Comfort, Comfort Ye My People" (GENEVAN 42), Concordia 98-1388. Bunjes' setting of the Genevan chorale, simply harmonized, with an active accompaniment for strings, organ, or combination. (Works well with two violins and organ if a quartet is unavailable.) Easy SATB.

  • The Light of the World

    A candlelight service that demonstrates Light overcoming darkness

    (Please pick up a candle as you enter for worship)

    A Dark World

    Organ Prelude and Personal Meditation

    Welcome and Announcements

    Our Prayer for God's Presence: "O Lord, Come Quickly"
    (PsH 141)

    God's Greeting

    Our Response: "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (refrain only)
    (HB 170, PsH 340, RL 195, TH 151)

  • The Voices of Christmas

    Hearing the Christmas story from the saints of all ages


    Organ Prelude and Personal Meditation

    Welcome and Announcements

    Call to Worship: (from Isaiah and John)

    Arise! Shine! for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you!
    (Isaiah 60:1)

  • Reformed Worship asked eleven pastors and worship leaders which resources they use most often when planning worship services. The group included eight pastors, one college professor, and tivo seminary professors, representing three denominations: the Christian Reformed Church , Reformed Church in America , and Presbyterian Church (USA) The variety and diversity of responses was interesting. Only a few resources were named by more than one person; they are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Pastor Kirk really knows how to pack 'em in.

    I mean like where does it say in the Bible that church has to be boring? People act as if somewhere in Leviticus or something it says that they've got to tiptoe to the temple dressed in sackcloth and ashes. You know what I'm saying—long faces, dead silence. But then what about David? I mean you read about David dancing it up so wild his wife got steamed!

  • Another Year is Dawning

    Prayers, litanies, and ideas to mark the coming of a new year



    Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, closes each year by including the Roll Call of the Saints and the Roll Call of the Newborn in its worship liturgy.

  • Woman at the Well

    A Scripture Drama from John 4

    [Jesus enters and sits on a stool draped with a dark cloth (to look like a rock) near the well.]

    Narrator: He came to a town in Samaria named Sychar,
    which was not far from the field
    that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
    Jacob's well was there,
    and Jesus, tired out by the trip,
    sat down by the well.

    [Woman begins to enter and will sit on well seat.]

  • The worship life of the church traditionally begins with Advent, the season in which we anticipate and then celebrate the birth of our Lord, the long-awaited Messiah. This year Advent begins on December 2, and this issue is filled with ideas and resources that will help you plan your worship services for this significant time in the church year.

    Again, we are indebted to people who send us their bulletins, their ideas, and sometimes entire articles.