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. In 2019, Services of the Word focused on the theme of “The Gospel in the Prophets.”


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La Intima Relación entre el culto a Dios y la Etica Social

Mariano Avila, Calvin Theological Seminary

Los profetas Isaías, Amós, y Malaquías (entre otros) mostraron la íntima relación entre el amor a Dios y el amor al prójimo. Denunciaron la manera en que sus contemporáneos separaban el culto a Dios de su conducta cotidiana hacia sus semejantes. “¿Cómo podemos decir que amamos a Dios, a quien no vemos, si no amamos a nuestro prójimo, a quien sí vemos?” Estas lecciones siguen estando vigentes hoy día para nosotros. En español.

Loving our Muslim Neighbors

John A. Azumah, University of Ghana
Lisa Hoogeboom, Kuyper College
Shannon Jammal-Hollemans
Matthew Kaemingk, Fuller Theological Seminary
Eric Sarwar, Tehillim School of Church Music and Worship
Cory Willson, Calvin Theological Seminary

Practicing love is more demanding that citing Scriptures that speak about love. Nowhere does this seem more pressing for Christians in North America than when it comes to loving Muslims. Muslims are no longer only those we in North America hear about from overseas missionaries on furlough. We meet them as neighbors, co-workers, fellow citizens, and family members. In many places, churches are struggling to address the needs of discipling Christians who can demonstrate love toward Muslims in their life. What are effective ways to build positive and trusting relationships with Muslims? What type of hospitality and friendship is meaningful for Muslims? What types of formation do Christians need to be engaged in to effectively address the questions, fears, and prejudices that inhibit our acts of love towards Muslims?

New Song. A Skillful Song.

Tony Alonso
Emily R. Brink, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Greg Scheer, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Liz Vice

Those of us who feel Psalm 33’s call to write new songs must remember that the psalm also tells us to play skillfully. In this seminar we will focus on the skills of songwriting for congregations, digging into what it means to balance inspiration and perspiration. Join these singer-songwriters as they speak about their approaches to creating new texts, new tunes, and the combining of texts and tunes. The afternoon will be spent discussing participants’ song submissions. Attendees of all levels and musical styles will benefit from this seminar.

The Bible in Worship: Deep Engagement with Scripture in a Culture of Low Biblical Literacy

Kevin J. Adams, Granite Springs Church
Gary Burge, Calvin Theological Seminary
Constance Cherry, Indiana Wesleyan University
Meg Janista Kuykendall, The Twelve
Noel Snyder, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Almost every church affirms engagement with Scripture as a vital—even central—element of their worship services. Yet preachers and worship leaders are increasingly aware of the need for “remedial” work to be done for worshipers to engage well with Scripture. In a post-Christendom context, no assumptions can be made about basic biblical knowledge and understanding. This seminar will explore strategies for engaging Scripture in worship in a culture marked by low biblical literacy.

While We Are Waiting, Yielded and Still

Dale Cooper, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

This retreat will be limited to 15 people who will spend time together in a home setting, also enjoying fellowship over the noon meal. In this day of quiet together, we will ponder afresh “how deep the Father’s love for us;” enjoy “sweet communion” with Jesus; and pledge anew, God’s Spirit helping us, “with one holy passion,” to return our Lover’s love.

Tuesday, January 1st
12:00 AM

Program Book - Calvin Symposium on Worship

Calvin Symposium on Worship

12:00 AM