Worship and Culture
Telling the Story

Telling the Story

by John Schwehn, student reporter Our identities are embedded in our stories. As each congregation has presented their diverse histories and stories, they have brought us into a deeper understanding of who they understand themselves to be. They are musicians, justice makers, generous hosts, dancers, and dramatists. They dwell in urban and suburban communities, on...
Time like an ever rolling stream....

Time like an ever rolling stream….

This passage from Isaac Watts’ well-known paraphrase of psalm 90 reflects the perpetual forward momentum that distinctly characterizes the dimension of time. This stream however, is one that we are unable to dam or stop. We human beings are so often wrought with anxieties regarding a shortage of time, or perhaps wrought with a restless...
The Master Clock

The Master Clock

I always used to think time was a relative thing.  When I was running late in college, I figured I could easily just turn my watch back 5 minutes, and when my teacher would reprimand me, I could tell them their watch is 5 minutes fast.  Who’s to say one of us is right and...
Summer 2012 Theme: Keeping Time/Life Passages

Summer 2012 Theme: Keeping Time/Life Passages

Keeping Time/Life Passages is the theme for the 2nd annual gathering of congregations from around the U.S. for a weeklong seminar in June.”Time, like an ever-rolling stream, soon bears us all away,” we sing with Isaac Watts. How does a congregation worship God from the midst of the days, weeks, years, and stages of life...