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For over 35 years, the Calvin Symposium on Worship has annually gathered together worshipers from many Christian traditions across Canada, the US, and beyond, bringing together people from a variety of roles in worship and leadership, including pastors, worship planners and leaders, musicians, scholars, students, worship bands and teams, organists, visual artists, preachers, chaplains, missionaries, liturgists, council and session leaders, and more. Cosponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary, the Symposium aims to encourage leaders in churches and worshiping communities of all sizes and settings.

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Worship, workshops and lectures for worship leaders and planners, pastors, artists, dramatists, visual artists and musicians from many church traditions.

Dancing the Story of Ruth

Anna Douthwright, Celebration Dance Guild
Agnes Kramer-Hamstra

During the Hebrew harvest feast of Pentecost, the priests dance with the Torah. God's Presence is like the overflow of ripe fruit and grain. It shines through the Torah. After the priests dance, the story of Ruth is told, because it is suffused with God's steadfast lovingkindness (hesed). The promised Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost, continuing the story of the overflow of God's generosity. Our story, then, begins and ends with the prayer and the promise that God's Spirit lead us on the way that Ruth took.

Handout - Evening Prayer

Marty Haugen, GIA Publications
John Ferguson, St. Olaf College
Barbara Boertje De Vries, First Reformed Church
Margo Houts, San Francisco Theological Seminary
Lester Ruth, Yale Divinity School

Evening prayer is a quiet service of light, psalms, scripture reading, and intercessory prayer. The service is centered around scripture-shaped, reflective meditation. Its quiet tone and focus on Christ-centered, everlasting peace is decidedly counter-cultural. This is spiritual refreshment for those who are spiritually thirsty.

This service can be celebrated either formally or informally, very simply or with greater complexity. The genius of the service lies in its simple, yet balanced structure: (1) gathering in Jesus' name, (2) Psalms, (3) scripture, and (4) prayer.

Poster - Master Piano Class for Middle School and High School Students

Mark Hayes

A poster advertising a Piano Class for middle and high school students with Mark Hayes.

Proclaim Jubilee! A Festival of Congregational Song

Marty Haugen, GIA Publications
Horace Boyer, University of Massachusetts
Mark Hayes
John Ferguson, St. Olaf College

The closing worship service of the 2000 Calvin Symposium on Worship.

Saturday Morning Worship

Craig Barnes
Michael Denham
Julia Fisher
Ted Gibboney

I see the heavens open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God! Acts 7:56

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The Calvin Symposium on Worship and the Arts aims to bring together worship leaders and planners, pastors, artists, dramatists, and musicians from many church traditions to engage in worship, fellowship, learning, and discussion around preaching, drama, organ and piano music, worship planning, visual art, and congregational song.

The conference program is both ecumenical and Reformed, both principled and practical, both appreciative of a heritage and open to contemporary expression.