Winter Park, FL, March I
Brandon, FL, March 3
Coral Gables, FL, March 10
Niagara Falls, Canada, April 4
Windsor, ON, April 5
London, ON, April 7
Guelph, ON, April 12
Oakville, ON, April 19
Toronto, ON, April 21
Oshawa, ON, April 26
Peterborough, ON, April 28
SanFrancisco, CA, May 10
Modesto, CA, May 12 Mendocino, CA, May 14
Arcata, CA, May 15
Sacramento, CA, May 17
San Jose, CA, May 19

Spring 1997 Renew Your Worship! workshops with Robert Webber on blending contemporary and traditional worship. Contact the Institute for Worship Studies, BO. Box 894, Wheaton, IL 60189; (708) 510-8905.

Overland Park, KS, April 7-9, 1997
Global Praise '97 A conference of worid music with the theme "Let all the people praise you, O God!" With leaders from around the world, including Raquel Achon, Tom Colvin, l-to Loh, Patrick Matsikenyiri. Contact the General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1339, New York, NY 10115; (212) 870-3914.

Valparaiso, IN, April 8-10, 1997
The 1997 Institute of Liturgical Studies with Marva Dawn, Frank Burch Brown, and others. Contact the Institute of Liturgical Studies, Valparaiso University; Valparaiso, IN 46383; (219) 464-5055.

Montreat, NC June 15-21 and 22-28, 1997
"Practicing the Presence of God." Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Contact Donald Armitage, 845 West Fifth St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101; (901) 722-8144.

Tiffin, OH, July 1-3, 1997
"Building Spirit and Faith Through Music," sponsored by the United Church of Christ Musicians Network. Contact the Music Office, UCBHM (United Church Board for Homeland Ministries), 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115; (216) 736-3716; fax (216) 736-3703.

Savannah, GA, July 13-17, 1997
Annual conference and 75th Anniversary of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Contact Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215-1401; 800-843-4966; fax (617) 353-7322.

Westminster, PA, July 13-18, 1997
Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Contact Rebecca Borthwick-Aiken, First Presbyterian Church, 890 Liberty Street, Meadville, PA 16335.

Houston, TX, July 14-19, 1997
National Convention of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Contact Dr John Buehler, '97 Convention Chair, Baker University. PO. Box 65, Baldwin City, KS 66006, (913) 594-8400.


By the time you get this issue, Reformed Worship should have its own home page on the Internet ( We're hoping that a whole new range of potential RW subscribers may learn about us, and that subscribers will also be able to take advantage of some of the services we envision for Web browsers.

Our debut on the Web will be modest: the table of contents of our last issue and some "freebie" information from one of the latest issues. For example, we might include Harry Boonstra's Q & A column, or quotations or resources that churches may want to pick up and use in their publications or services. And, of course, information on subscribing.

We're working on getting the entire index on-line, so it will always be available and up-to-date. We'll also provide some links to other Websites, so you can get more information about specific worship issues. We'd also like to explore setting up chat lines, so that people can react to a given article or topic or engage in conversation on-line.

Check out our site, and if you have any suggestions, please let us know. Just e-mail us at


"When a Church Wants to Commission ..." is the title of a new series of small, helpful brochures (8" x 11" trifolded) for churches that may be interested in commissioning a work of art or music for their congregation. Worship committees will benefit from the simple guidelines in three brochures currently available for commissioning a painting, mural, or graphic design; a work of music; or a work of fabric art. Guidelines are offered on these topics: Why Commission? How Do We Begin? How Do We Find a Composer/Artist? What Can We Expect from the Composer/Artist? What about the Cost? When Will It Be Ready? What If We Don't Like It? and Giving It to God. Single copies are available for $.15 each. Make checks payable to NCC Worship and the Arts, c/o Laura Moore, General Seminary, 175 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011. Please include a SASE. Fax: (212) 924-6304.


The Denver Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), in cooperation with the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, has announced a hymn-tune contest for a new tune in festive setting of the hymn "For the Music of Creation" by New Zealand poet Shirley Erena Murray. The hymn is to be premiered in Denver at the next national AGO convention in July 1998. For information send a SASE to Kathy Eggleston, Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave, Englewood CO 80110. Deadline for entries is September 1, 1997.

Reformed Worship 43 © March 1997, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Used by permission.