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Content about Benediction

December 3, 2003

Q Thanks for your comments in RW 69 about ordination. I have one more question: What about the assurance of pardon? In our church, only a minister offers the benediction and greeting or leads the sacraments, but our lay leaders do the assurance of pardon. Is that permissible or advisable?

—Michigan

September 3, 2003

Q   One big change for us in the past few years is that our pastor just preaches in worship, while our worship team leads the rest of the service. We enjoy leading, but don’t have a lot of training. Shouldn’t the pastor take a more active role in the rest of the worship service?

—Iowa

March 1, 1991

It happened in a Christian Reformed Church one Sunday night during the intermission of a Calvin Seminary Choir program. As director of the choir, I had asked two of the seminarians to say a few words about their background and plans for ministry. First came Bruce Gritter—a young Canadian student, full of enthusiam. Then Gabriella Farkas spoke.

March 1, 1991
ORDER FOR THE BLESSING OF SEEDS AT PLANTING TIME
OPENING OF WORSHIP

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

The grace, the love, and the mercy of God be with you all.

And also with you.

Let us praise God, who plants the seeds and reaps the harvest.

Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed be God for ever.