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Hear Our Cry: For Those Affected by Domestic Violence

September 24th was Safe Church Sunday for the Christian Reformed Church of North America. Esperanza Rosario (leader of the prayer team and the Director of Community Outreach) and Elsie Rodriguez (Elder) at Grace and Peace Church, wrote this prayer to be shared in churches across North America. Please share with your congregations as you consider that this is not merely an issue of outreach. Two in five Evangelical Pastors know a church member who has experienced […]

Cinco De Mayo and Worship: Appropriation or Appreciation?

“Friday is the day Mexican culture get appropriated by everyone- florists, classrooms, bars, social media. You don’t deserve the joy and beauty of tacos margaritas, brightly colored decor, if you are not ready to stand with and advocate for the people whose culture you are co-opting. #5demayo” After I posted this, I got reposts and responses. (not all happy) Along with being told by a white person that my statement was ridiculous, I was asked by another […]

Questions In The Calling

“How in the world did I end up here? Lord, why me? Why now?” As I pack up my car to head the to the Calvin Worship Symposium, I can’t help but have a conversation with the Lord. “How did I end up here?” As a seminary student, whenever I would ask a professor for resources on worship, they would point me to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW).  I was told that was […]

The Gift Of Native Worship

*Photo courtesy of Native Christian leader Charles Robinson Experiencing Native American dance (Urbana03), Aztec song and dance (CCDA10), and prayers/communion by a tribal leader with their headdress worn (#prayforreform) have been some of the most powerful times of worship. Each of these experiences reminded me that we must work hard to re-imagine worship that includes the distinctive of all peoples. All of our God-given cultural beauty can be offered in our worship to the praise […]

Worship with InterVarsity in the New Year

Worship is not about entertainment! Worship draws us together as a community into God’s presence and his mission. It is fully about God and it fully involves us.  When we gather across differences to celebrate our distinctives, God is honored.  Creating atmospheres in worship where people can experience reconciliation, healing and deliverance and move towards a life of just worship inspires me to wake up in the morning. InterVarsity student life introduced me to a […]

Active Waiting

Anticipation, sadness and gratitude are some of the many feelings I’m having as I prepare to receive yet another worship team in my home (Casa Azul) and at Grace and Peace Community. I have spent the day waiting – not passively since there were beds to make, food to buy, songs to chart, and rehearsal resources to print. I’ve been actively waiting and anticipating. Gathering worship leaders in community to learn from one another bring […]

God Watches Over The Overlooked

Originally posted in TCW Devotional http://todays-christian-woman.myshopify.com/products/sanctuary-for-my-soul-meeting-god-through-the-psalms Psalm 146:6-10 “He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–he remains faithful forever…the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down” (Psalm 146: 6, 8) Busyness is the reality that we all live in.  As a working mom whose job requires travel, every minute at home counts. When I’m in town, there are still activities we’re balancing- home, neighborhood, church, friends, and extended family.  […]

Worship in LA

Los Angeles is a city of nations. Aside from the fact that the white community is not the majority and Latinos make up almost half of the population, did you know that global communities of Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Armenians, and Syrians, among others, significantly influence the culture of LA? Can you imagine a global-local community coming across differences to praise God? What does the church look like in this context? What happens when this diverse […]