Lutherans in the Twin Cities

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship awards grant to Calvary, Minneapolis

Calvary Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, has received a worship renewal grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is one of 31 grants totaling more than $300,000 awarded in 2012 by the CICW to churches, schools, and seminaries.

The grant will fund a year-long project in which Calvary will enhance its “Prayer Around the Cross” worship services during Advent and Lent. This process will include writing new liturgies in conjunction with a two-day workshop with the Rev. Susan Briehl, composing chants with musicians Tom Witt and Daniel Pederson, creating and incorporating artwork done by guest artists and the children at Calvary and the Urban Arts Academy, and initiating work on bi-lingual services with its partner congregation, El Milagro.

“These projects have much to teach us,” said CICW director John Witvliet, “and we are eager to learn from them. But we know too that worship renewal is not something that human ingenuity or creativity alone can produce or engineer. It is a gift of God’s Spirit, a gift for which we pray, rather than an accomplishment we achieve.”

Witt, Calvary’s project director, notes, “It is our hope in creating new liturgies, liturgical symbols, and music, members of the community will be engaged in a process of learning and teaching how they are impacted by the revelation of God’s love and ways that it might be embodied and proclaimed.”

The CICW’s Worship Renewal Grants program is now in its 13th year and has funded more than 500 projects since its inception. The Worship Renewal Grants Program is supported by Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.

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