Immigration Preaching Challenge
In the summer of 2015, the CRC Office of Social Justice launched the Immigration Preaching Challenge to encourage pastors to address this important issue. Many pastors accepted the challenge and submitted their sermons, and nine finalists were chosen. The sermons that the finalists submitted can be found in this Do Justice blog post titled Immigration Preaching Challenge Finalists.
If you feel encouraged to preach your own sermon on immigration after reading through those sample sermons, you can read our initial challenge to pastors here for more resources and places to start.
Creation Care Preaching Challenge
In the summer of 2017, the Climate Witness Project, a campaign of the CRC Office of Social Justice and World Renew, launched the Creation Care Preaching Challenge to encourage pastors to incorporate creation care and climate change into their preaching. Numerous pastors participated in the challenge, and three finalists were chosen. You can read the Creation Care Preaching Challenge submissions here!
Belhar Confession - Background and Resources
The Belhar Confession is a gift from the church to the church. By highlighting God’s call to unity, justice, and reconciliation, the Belhar reminds us that when we profess our faith in Christ, we do so as part of the global church. And belonging to the global church comes with responsibilities, each part being accountable to the others. This page created by the CRC Collaborative for Diversity and Inclusion contains resources for using the Belhar Confession in worship, with children, with youth, and with adults.
Four-week Worship Series: Just Amos
This worship series, written by CRC Office of Social Justice staff, appeared in the June 2014 issue of Reformed Worship. Each week includes a passage from the book of Amos and a complementary passage, sermon notes, a confession, a word of assurance, a sending, song suggestions, prayers, and a sample litany. Click here to view the four-week worship series. Below is a description of the series.
Four-week Worship Series: The Abundance of God
This worship series also appeared in the June 2014 issue of Reformed Worship. Each week includes Scripture passages, sermon and worship notes, suggested songs, and suggested readings. Click here to view the four-week worship series. Below is a description of the series.
Giving Voice to Justice - Sample Justice Songs
In the selections for the June 2014 issue of “Noteworthy” in Reformed Worship, Joy Engelsman introduces us to songs that remind us that justice is not just something we do, but that it is a core characteristic of being Christian. Click here to view the suggested songs.
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) is usually the second Sunday in November. This year some communities will be commemorating the day on November 6 and some on November 13. Visit our IDOP webpage for resources to help you remember the persecuted church on whatever day you choose.
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
The third Sunday in January is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and the Office of Social Justice (OSJ) is pleased to offer resources for your church to honor the day. Visit our Sanctity of Human Life webpage for materials to observe the day in a way that affirms the value of every human life--and at all stages of development.
This day provides an opportunity for everyone in Canada to learn more about Aboriginal peoples, their cultures and to celebrate the gifts and richness that Aboriginal people bring to life in Canada. The CRC dedicates one Sunday both to recognize National Aboriginal Day and to celebrate the Aboriginal Ministry of the CRC. Click here to learn more and to download and order the worship resources.
Maternal and Child Health Sunday
World Renew also has resources for Maternal and Child Health Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy or childbirth every year, and nearly 9 million children die before reaching the age of five. Many of these deaths can be prevented through community-based health promotion, education, and nutrition programs.
CRCNA Worship Ministries
For more general worship resources visit the CRCNA Worship Ministries page here.