November 2015
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Welcome to the monthly RW e-news! In this issue you will find:
•  two new blogs on worship
•  worship articles and ideas
•  a toolbox of worship resources
•  announcements and events

Reformed Worship is an award winning quarterly print worship journal. While there is much for free on the web, the print version is the only place where you will find copyrighted material such as print music and beautiful artwork. We have created electronic versions of four of our print issues so that you can see what you are missing. Check them out and subscribe to receive the full color print issues in your mailbox.

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Photo by Jonathan Assink

The Contagious Power of Testimonials

By John D. Witvliet

There is no substitute for the power of testimony to deepen our engagement in worship. Read more

The Word Became Flesh

Creation Friendly Worship in Advent and Christmas

By Kyle Schaap

God lavishly displays his love in the world around us and is always using the stuff of the world—be it flesh, water, bread, or wine—to reveal himself. Nowhere is this more powerfully on display than in the incarnation, when the Word that created matter assumes it in order to redeem it. Read more. (Current subscription with password required for this article. Subscribe now.)

Photo by Maxim Trudolubov

Worship Songs as Trojan Horses

By Zac Hics

I am of the persuasion that we need to analyze and appropriate worship songs based on their merit rather than their origins. Read more

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Keeping Christmas — All Twelve Days

By Carol P. Myers

Repeated traditions, it seems, help all of us know and remember who we are, developing our identity as God's children. And celebration of the themes and seasons of the church year helps families express their faith. Read more about family worship at Christmas.

What? I have to Preach the Christmas Story Again?:
Fresh approaches to planning

By David A. Vroege

I find myself pulling out my hair and shouting, “What? I have to preach the Christmas story again?!” Not to others, of course. Certainly not to my parishioners. But inside I do. How can I pull off another Christmas sermon? Read more.

Let’s Put the Communion Back into Christmas

By Daniel Meeter

"Joy" is a word made cheap by modern Christmases. So much of our celebration strikes me as "make-joy." ...Every December finds us looking for new things to do, new ideas, new banners. But when, in our attempt to be fresh, we leave out Holy Communion, we really miss the center of the celebration. Read more

7 Tips for Choir Directors

By Brent Assink

Seven guidelines that should help choir directors develop and nurture longer-lasting, better-sounding choirs. Read more

Searching for Jesus: A Christmas Drama

By Ron B. DeBoer

A Christmas play for children to participate in. Read more

Advent Resources from Calvin Institute of Christian worship available here  

Worship Quest: An Exploration of Worship Leadership. A new book by Steven D. Brooks that serves as a guide to understanding foundational questions about worship and leading in worship. Available here

Children and Worship Webinar: Helping Children Experience God. This hour long webinar given by Olivia Stewart gives information on spiritual formation in children and practical tips for leading them in worship. Watch here

“Color Added” — article on worship space by Dr. Reggie Kidd — It’s a delight to play with visual and aural textures, and to take on the challenge of imagining anew the Christian story week after week.”  Read more

Print on Demand (POD) worship products — Authentic Worship in a Changing Culture and more. A high-speed digital printing press produces books in any quantity, as few as one at a time. POD titles can be ordered, printed, and shipped in one or two weeks, not months. See titles available from Faith Alive Christian Resources.

Advent Devotions — free to your email box from the Office of Social Justice, CRCNA. Sign up here.

Downloadable Advent Prayer Guide from World Vision available here.

Singing In Christmas — new Christmas CD by Ken Medema available here

New Images for Worship and Christmas cards from Eyekons available here

Sundays and Seasons for 2016 Year C — if you plan worship with the Revised Common Lectionary, this is a helpful tool available from Augsburg Fortress.

Connecting to the Lectionary

Lift Up Your Hearts is available for iPad and newly released for Android!. Check it out and download yours today!

Lift Up Your Hearts Large print! Recent arrival! Click on the link for details.

2016 Symposium on Worship, January 28 - 30, 2016, Grand Rapids, MI. Registration is now open!

Vital Worship Grants — now is the time to begin thinking about this exceptional resource. Check out the details online and talk with your worship teams. Applications for 2016 are available now.

Prayers of the People — available in print copy, E-book, or Mobipocket. Contains model prayers, prayer outlines, and other helps for incorporating prayer into worship. The contents of this book are excerpted from the second edition of The Worship Sourcebook and originate from a wide range of sources.         

Psalms for All Seasons Digital Edition This new version allows you to copy and paste the Psalms, hymns, and responses into your bulletin or worship folder! Order now.

Psalms for All Seasons is available as an App for your iPad or Android. First, download the free Hymnals app from the the App Store (iPad users) or Google Play (Android users), and then search for Psalms for All Seasons. Click on the title for information.


  • U.S. Thanksgiving, Nov. 26
  • First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 29
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