Ashes to Go

Julie HesterLiturgical Year

I didn’t want to like it. The whole idea sounded a little contrived to me. I had read about people setting up Ash Wednesday ashes on a street corner, but didn’t like the idea of something rushed, outside of the atmosphere of worship. I got talked into it by an enthusiastic colleague. (And probably the Holy Spirit.) And I’m grateful! This will be the third year we will do Ashes to Go on Ash Wednesday … Read More

A New Song: Secular Music in Ministry

Steve LindsleyUncategorized

As a grade-school kid, I have vivid memories of my father sitting at the foot of my bed at night, six-string guitar in hand, singing me to sleep with beautiful lullabies. They were not, however, typical bedtime fare. Leave it to my Dad to soothe me to sleep with The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals!  Somehow it worked, and I loved it. Not only did my dad … Read More

Let Everything that Breathes (or Drums or Jingles) Praise the Lord!

Martha Bettis GeeFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print edition archives! Praise God with trumpet sounds; Praise God with lute and harp! Praise God with tambourine and dance; Praise God with strings and pipe! Praise God with clanging cymbals! Praise God with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord! (Ps. 150:3-6) From an upright piano to a full pipe organ; from guitars and a bass and a full drum set to hand … Read More

Music as a Bridge to Multicultural Ministries

Jorge Sayago-GonzalezUncategorized

Enjoy this article about music from our archives,  first posted in our print format. With diversity growing at rapid rates, churches are now facing new challenges of engaging the ever-changing needs of their surrounding communities. Church educators are always searching for new ways of creating space for awakening-the-soul experiences. Music can help mold the space in which this awakening process occurs. A particular song can move us to moments of connection, peace, healing, liberation and … Read More

Annual Event Spotlight: Sandra Van Opstal, worship leader

Beth Herrinton-HodgeAnnual Event, Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality

Worship experiences during the 2018 Annual Event promise to be boundless and rich. Renowned for crafting multi-cultural worship that moves beyond singing hymns or offering prayers in different languages, Sandra Van Opstal (CRC) brings her creative and innovative gifts to the Annual Event. Worship, to Sandra, is a cross-cultural experience, designed to give glory to a global God. Hospitable worship encompasses the diverse body of Christ, gathering peoples from every tribe and tongue and weaving … Read More

Hanging of the Greens

Pressley CoxLiturgical Year

Growing up, I had never heard of a “Hanging of the Greens” service.  Preparing the sanctuary for Christmas was done by a group of women one Saturday morning.  The bulletin announcement the next day would be a thank you to those who “decorated” the church.  It wasn’t until seminary, that I began to understand the full theological meaning of preparing the sanctuary for the liturgical season of Advent and Christmas.  A Hanging of the Greens … Read More