"Psalms for All Ages"

CENTRE FOR WORSHIP STUDIES - Carey Institute, Vancouver, BC

“Psalms for All Ages” is an initiative of Carey Institute’s Centre for Worship Studies (CWS) to offer a series of workshops and seminars to equip pastors, worship leaders and key lay people in planning and leading worship services that minister to congregation members of all ages.

This series will generate a much-needed opportunity to discuss, examine, and learn about inter-generational worship, for the benefit of local churches from a variety of denominations and ethic backgrounds. Through the study of different types of Psalms, we hope to expand the congregation’s repertoire in corporate worship.

Date Speakers
November 16, 2013 Craig C. Broyles, Luz Figueroa, and Diane Sekuloff
February 22, 2014 Frank C. Senn and David D. Hayward
May 3, 2014 John E. Goldingay and Kathleen Scott Goldingay

Sat Nov 16, 2013

Lectures: “Psalms and Songs: How Biblical Is Our Worship?” - Craig C. Broyles

What did a worship service look like in Old Testament times? What did the people of God sing about? What did they expect of God, and God of them? How should their psalms translate into our songs? What would the biblical psalmists have to say about our contemporary worship services?

Title Description
1. "Biblical Psalms of Praise and Contemporary Songs" How did the psalms prepare worshipers for the momentous moment of encountering God in sacred space and time? What portrayals of God are reflected in the hymns of the Psalter? For whose sake was praise offered? How did the psalms of praise elicit faith in the congregation?
2. "Biblical Psalms of Lament and Contemporary Worship Songs" The disciples’ request of Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray," can also be answered from the Psalms, the prayer book of the Bible. What forms of prayer were considered appropriate? Should lament have a place in contemporary worship? How do the lament psalms promote a resilient faith in dark times?


Title Speaker Description
A: “Preaching the Psalms” Craig C. Broyles Ironically, during most of the Old Testament period the people of God did not have their own Bibles. How most of the common people learned of their faith was by the hearing and singing of the biblical psalms, which functioned, in part, as sermons. Do the Psalms preach “Purpose, Passion, Power” sermons? How did the ancient psalmists understand “relevance”? During this workshop we will collectively construct sermon outlines for particular psalms, such as Psalms 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 24 … or any others the group chooses to explore.
B: “Passing on the faith: A corporate worship experience” Luz Figueroa Participation in communal worship of God is a crucial piece of human spiritual formation. This is especially true when we participate in intergenerational worship. In this workshop, we will explore the way our corporate worship could be designed as we create spaces with children, youth and families in mind. At the same time, we will review practical ideas for various intergenerational worship opportunities to help facilitate praying and singing the Psalms.
C: “Moving Psalms” Diane Sekuloff Regardless of the state of one's life, there is something in the psalms that echoes the feelings of the moment. In this workshop, we will use movement to enter into the psalms, to let them move us, and to connect with the humour, fears, cries and faith of these early hymn writers. Come dressed comfortably, and ready to move and be moved.


Craig C. Broyles is Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. In addition to numerous scholarly articles on the Psalms, he has written a commentary, Psalms, which appears in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series, published by Baker Books. He has also edited and contributed essays to Interpreting the Old Testament: A Guide for Exegesis and Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah: Studies of an Interpretive Tradition.

Luz Figueroa - Pastor of Family Ministries at Tenth Avenue Alliance Church where she oversees all areas of children, youth, and marriage ministries. Luz grew up in a pastor’s home in Santiago, Chile, where she first got the call to enter into full-time ministry as the children’s pastor of her home church. After she married her husband Jose Figueroa, they moved to Edmonton and served as the children’s pastor in various churches. Luz and her family moved to Florida in 2005 to continue serving with the International Network of Children’s Ministries. Luz is also the founder and director of Entre Niños, a ministry dedicated to train, equip, and resource parents, educators, and children’s leaders. In 2009, Luz and her family moved to Vancouver, BC to serve at First Baptist Church before answering the call to serve at Tenth Avenue Alliance.

Diane Sekuloff - has been involved with using the arts in a worship context for over 30 years. With a background in dance, drama and movement, she has found that embodying scripture brings it to life in the presently lived experience of believers. Diane works as an occupational therapist, and has recently completed graduate work in dance/movement therapy.

For registration information, see http://www.carey-edu.ca/our-programs/worship-studies/

This program is made possible through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

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