Calvin Worship Symposium 2012

There is still time to register (till Jan 19th) for this fantastic worship conference coming up the end of January (26th-28th) in the balmy winter haven of Grand Rapids, MI.  The theme this year focuses on the psalms and corresponds with the publication of a huge new psalter The Psalms for all Seasons.

The Calvin Symposium on Worship has been going on for over 10 years and is largely run and organized by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, which awards a large number of worship grants every year alongside a brisk publishing schedule.  (Our church has recieved two of these recently. Sojourn Music has recieved a number, Indelible Grace got their start with a worship grant).

Here is how the Symposium is described on their website.  You can go HERE to see my blog post on last years conference.  It is a wonderful time to be quite overwhelmed with people, services, music, and folks from most parts of the world.

The annual Calvin Symposium on Worship is a three-day conference sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching. This ecumenical conference brings together a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders and planners, artists, musicians, scholars, students, and other interested worshipers. People come from around the world to gather for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning, seeking to deepen and integrate all aspects of worship, develop their gifts, encourage each other, and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church. This year the symposium will explore praying and worshiping through the psalms.

Cardiphonia will be helping this year with two seminars.  One all day seminar on thursday.

Seminar 3: Tune My Heart to Sing Your Praise: The Re-tuned hymn (and psalm!) movement in the context of the broader culture, with Bruce Benedict, Sandra McCracken, Kevin Twit (Indelible Grace), Eelco Vos (The Psalms Project), and Isaac Wardell (BiFrost Arts), hosted by Greg Scheer and James K.A. Smith.
When Kevin Twit and RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) began setting historic hymn texts to new tunes, who knew it would grow into a movement with contributions from Indelible Grace, Sojourn Music, BiFrost and others? And who knew that in Europe a similar approach would rejuvenate singing the Psalms? Several leaders in this movement will discuss the cultural background, perform examples of their own songs, and discuss the future of this movement. We’ll give special attention to ways of using this repertoire in the local church.

and a one hour workshop offered on both Friday and Saturday.

B3: The Psalms of Ascent during Holy Week
The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134, also called the psalms of pilgrimage) are a collection of 15 psalms that the Israelites sang as they journeyed each year to Jerusalem for Passover.  This session will explore these psalms as resources for leading your congregation on a journey singing and praying with Jesus through Holy Week.

I’m also really looking forward to hearing plenary sessions from Walter Bruggeman and N.T. Wright among many excellent, excellent seminars. Go here for the complete schedule.

  • Performing a Counter World: the Alternative Reality Offered by the Psalms for the Worlds We Inhabit. Walter Brueggemann.
  • Praying the Psalms: Personal, Pastoral, Theological and Liturgical Reflections. N.T. Wright.

Hope you can make it.  Please grab me if you are there so we can meet!

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  1. This sounds like a great symposium. Do you know if there are any plans to make notes, audio, and/or video available for those of us who can’t make it?

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