September 1992

RW 25
Advent/Christmas
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Letters

    Appreciates the Resource

    Reformed Worship is a thought-provoking, inspiring, practical, visionary publication. Thank you.

    Ellen Gabrielse
    Framingham, Massachusetts

    RW Instructs and Inspires

  • The worship committee has a fine idea. Several other churches in the area have used an Advent wreath for years, and the committee thinks it's about time that John Knox Church does so as well. They construct the wreath, purchase candles in appropriate liturgical colors, and invite a family to read the Scripture and light the candle on the first Sunday of Advent.

  • Notes

    Baptism Banner

    Faye Fredericks, member of Georgetown Christian Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan, designed this baptismal banner based on Deuteronomy 4:9 and 6:4, where parents are instructed to teach the truths of God to their children and to their children after them. The banner is constructed with solid colors of the rainbow for each figure. The figures represent the successive generations, beginning with purple at the bottom, moving through navy blue,

  • We've all heard them—those words that strike fear in the hearts of choir directors everywhere: "And what are you doing for Christmas?" Each year, toward the end of the summer, we start struggling with the annual problem. Our minds begin sorting through sundry ideas and possibilities, recalling the successes of Christmases past, searching for just the right combination of music and the Word.

  • THE SERVICE

    Prelude

    Welcome and Prayer

    Hymn: "Hours and Days and Years and Ages"
    [PsH 443]

    The Lord Is My Rock

    Scripture Reading: Psalm 62

    Meditation (1)

    Family Choir: "God Is Like a Rock" (2)
    [Natalie Sleeth]

    Hymns (by congregation):

    "Built on the Rock"
    [PsH 503 TH 351]

    "God Is My Rock"
    [PsH 610]

  • Come to the Light: Epiphany

    Why Celebrate Epiphany?

    Epiphany seems particularly appropriate for a gentile church. It reminds us that God did something quite remarkable: he extended his grace to those who were originally outside the covenant. As Paul reminds the Eph-esians, we were aliens and strangers, but Christ made us part of the new Israel.

  • The following brief song services were prepared for the Sundays after Epiphany in 1993; the topics were chosen to correspond with the Revised Common Lectionary (Year A) for that season. These song services could be used in the morning service during this portion of the church year, as part or all of a second-service hymnsing, or at any other time in Christian worship (independent from the use of the Lectionary). Selections not in your hymnal could be sung by a small group taught by rote and sung from memory, or printed in the bulletin (with proper copyright permission).