September 1999

RW 53
Advent/Christmas
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • After the grand visual displays of Advent and Christmas, it is often tough to get anyone excited about creating visuals for the start of a new year. Here is one that is not too difficult to make. With all of the hoopla surrounding the turn of the new century, this visual serves as a reminder that everything—including time—is held in our God's protecting hand.

    Brief notes on the banner's construction and a downloadable pattern can be found below.

     

  • This service was planned by Alistair Drummond, pastor, Amy Mendez, associate pastor, and Jorge Lockward, minister of music, along with members of a worship planning team at The West End Presbyterian Church, New York City.

    ASSEMBLING IN GOD'S NAME

    Introit: “Live in Charity” (Music of Taizé, vol 1; GIA) (1)

    Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.
    Donde hay amor y caridad. Donde hay amor, Dios tambien está.

  • You’ve been asked to obtain permission to reprint songs for your bulletin, Christmas program, liturgy, or Bible-study song sheets. Or maybe you want to copy the text of the choir’s anthem in the bulletin, make overhead transparencies of songs for your congregation, or copy a special theme song into the church newsletter . . . and you wonder how to do this legally.

  • Letters

    CREATIVE USES OF ADVENT/CHRISTMAS RESOURCES

  • Notes

    QUICK TIP

    You may want to file this helpful information from the March/April 1999 Children’s Ministry magazine:

    Please note that if you show videos to children [other audiences too!], consider purchasing the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) Umbrella License for the public performance of home videos. The license costs $95 per year, and it allows your church to show copyrighted videos legally. Their address is 5455 Centinela Ave., P.O. Box 66970, Los Angeles, CA 90066-6970. Or call 800-462-8855.

  • Ron B. De Boer is a teacher and writer in Kitchener, Ontario. He wrote this play for the children’s Christmas program at Community Christian Reformed Church in Kitchener.

    Setting and Props