Psalms of Ascents

'Songs of Ascents' by Aaron Collier

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The Psalms of Ascents Project

MUSIC (texts, leadsheets, demo’s)

STUDY (journals, community group, Steve Brown readings, resources)

LITURGY (worship guides, special services, holy week devo)

PREACHING (Sermon Series in the Psalms of Ascents)

IMAGES (Aaron Collier paintings)

The Psalms of Ascents (Psalm 120-134) have existed as a pilgrim psalter for the Judeo-Christian faith for over 2 millenia.  They are a unique collection of psalms, shorter than average – with a distinctive ‘folky-ness’ that were sung by jewish pilgrims as they traveled up to Jerusalem for the great feasts.

Through a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (funded in part by the Lilly Endownment) in May 2009 we created a wide variety of resources supporting the Psalms of Ascents in worship.  We are going to spend a year immersing ourselves in a spiritual pilgrimage – taking all of our signposts from the Psalms of Ascents with the help of cultural translators in linguists, musicians, visual artists and pastors.  Our goal is to recapture the relevance and power of the psalms to shape and form our faith in the modern life. You can read a one page summary of our grant here.

Read Them: Psalm 120-134 ESV or download a PDF of them.



The Raleigh News and Observer visited our church to report on our Psalms grant.  You can read it HERE.

ByFaith Magazine featured our Worship Grant recently.  Read the article HERE.

The Calvin Institute of Worship Weblog featured us recently.  Read about it HERE.

A Resource Library Feature from the Calvin Institute of Worship. Read it HERE

The Congregational Resource Guide mentions our work in connection with the new psalter “Psalms for All Seasons” and the Calvin Worship Symposium 2012.


CTK Leadership Team:

Bruce Benedict
Worship and Community Life Director

Elliot Grudem

Kelley Frye
Director of Admin and Design

Alice Spickard
Children’s Ministries Director

Dr. Scott Redd
Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

James Sutton
Director of Spiritual Life at St. David’s School, Raleigh

Aaron Collier
Professor of Practice: painting and drawing at Tulane University, New Orleans

Ladye Jane Vickers
Little White Bungalow Design

Artists and Scholars Contributing to this Project

Bruce Benedict – Christ the King and Cardiphonia Music

Aaron Collier – Professor of Practice: painting and drawing Tulane University

Pj Maske – actor and speaker, Raleigh

Brian T. Murphy – Red Mountain Music

Karl Digerness – City Church, San Francisco

Nathan Partain – Redeemer Pres Indy

Rick Jensen – Covenant Seminary Student, and formerly Site Pastor at Cross Point ministries in Seattle, Wa

Luke Brodine – Worship Director at Grace Pres in Palo alto, Ca

Zac Hicks – Worship Pastor, Cherry Creek Pres in Englewood, Co

Adam Davidson – Worship Director at Trinity Presbyterian, Lakeland, Fl

Brian Moss – Prayerbook project and by/for arts

Kerry Yong – Chief Musician @ Grace Church Hackney, London

Mark Chambers – Westminster Presbyterian, Suffolk Va

Thomas Renz – Oak Hill Theological College-London,  and Pastor St. Michael’s Highgate