Q. What is Reformed Worship?
A. a quarterly magazine that provides practical help and support to worship planners:
- 48 illustrated pages in each issue of ideas, tips, and nuts-and-bolts advice on planning, structuring, and leading your church in worship: no advertising, only solid pick-up-and-use resources and perspectives.
- a great way to enrich your worship with biblical insights from a Reformed perspective.
- a valuable resource supporting traditional, contemporary, and blended types of worship services
Q. Why Reformed Worship?
A. We stand in unity with all Christians who affirm the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. Yet, like all Christians, we stand in a particular historic tradition. RW has roots in the Reformed branch of the 16th century Protestant Reformation that finds expression around the world in many languages and styles of worship, especially in churches with Reformed, Presbyterian, or Congregational in their names. We take the Reformed tradition seriously with respect to our understanding of Scripture as the inspired Word of God that tells the story of the creation of the world, its fall into sin, and how God works throughout history to redeem the world through Jesus Christ, by grace alone. By receiving God's mercy through Christ, we enter into an everlasting covenant with God, who promises to love us forever, even as we covenant to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ. For those interested in learning more about the Reformed tradition, consider purchasing the booklet What It Means to Be Reformed available at www.FaithAliveResources.org.
Q. Who benefits from using RW?
A. Anyone involved in planning or leading worship:
Worship planners—everything from complete service plans to detailed ideas for series on different themes and Scripture passages to useful bits and pieces you can tie into a variety of services.
Preachers—lots of sermon starters in the context of worship planning that integrates all aspects of the service.
Song leaders—song suggestions, background information on songs, suggestions on how to sing them.
Visual artists—ideas and illustrations of liturgical art, including banner designs, bulletin covers, and projection technology.
Drama and dance contributors—drama scripts and suggestions for using dance in worship
Q. Who reads RW?
A. Thousands of people in many different churches from many denominations. Some churches order multiple copies so that everyone on their worship committee or worship planning team has a copy. Most subscribers save all their back issues and refer to them often. For example, every fall issue (mailed in August) includes a wide range of planning resources for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. The Advanced Search feature on our home page lets you search for articles on specific themes or topics.
Q. Where does RW get its content?
A. From readers like you--whether you’re a volunteer worship geek, choir director, artist, or ministry staff person; whether you’re from a small church or a large church.
Q. How do I submit an article?
A. RW welcomes unsolicited submissions from our readers. E-mail us with your article idea, service suggestion, or other resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the writers’ guidelines online for helpful information.