The Psalms of Ascents
MUSIC (texts, leadsheets, demo’s)
Devotional (our ‘sojournal’ guide, kids journals,etc)
STUDY (journals, community group, Steve Brown readings, resources)
LITURGY (worship guides, special services, holy week devo)
PREACHING (Sermon Series in the Psalms of Ascents)
IMAGES (Aaron Collier paintings)
The Psalms of Ascents (Psalm 120-134) have existed as a pilgrim psalter for the Judeo-Christian faith for over 2 millenia. They are a unique collection of psalms, shorter than average – with a distinctive ‘folky-ness’ that were sung by jewish pilgrims as they traveled up to Jerusalem for the great feasts.
Our church (Christ the King Presbyterian Church) was awarded a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (funded in part by the Lilly Endownment) in May 2009. We are going to spend a year immersing ourselves in a spiritual pilgrimage – taking all of our signposts from the Psalms of Ascents with the help of cultural translators in linguists, musicians, visual artists and pastors. Our goal is to recapture the relevance and power of the psalms to shape and form our faith in the modern life. You can read a one page summary of our grant here.
The Raleigh News and Observer visited our church to report on our Psalms grant. You can read it HERE.
ByFaith Magazine featured our Worship Grant recently. Read the article HERE.
The Calvin Institute of Worship Weblog featured us recently. Read about it HERE.
A Resource Library Feature from the Calvin Institute of Worship. Read it HERE
The Congregational Resource Guide mentions our work in connection with the new psalter “Psalms for All Seasons” and the Calvin Worship Symposium 2012.
CTK Leadership Team:
Worship and Community Life Director
Director of Admin and Design
Children’s Ministries Director
Dr. Scott Redd
Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
Director of Spiritual Life at St. David’s School, Raleigh
Professor of Practice: painting and drawing at Tulane University, New Orleans
Ladye Jane Vickers
Little White Bungalow Design
Artists and Scholars Contributing to this Project
Bruce Benedict – Christ the King and Cardiphonia Music
Aaron Collier – Professor of Practice: painting and drawing Tulane University
Pj Maske – actor and speaker, Raleigh
Brian T. Murphy – Red Mountain Music
Karl Digerness – City Church, San Francisco
Nathan Partain – Redeemer Pres Indy
Rick Jensen – Covenant Seminary Student, and formerly Site Pastor at Cross Point ministries in Seattle, Wa
Luke Brodine – Worship Director at Grace Pres in Palo alto, Ca
Zac Hicks – Worship Pastor, Cherry Creek Pres in Englewood, Co
Adam Davidson – Worship Director at Trinity Presbyterian, Lakeland, Fl
Brian Moss – Prayerbook project and by/for arts
Kerry Yong – Chief Musician @ Grace Church Hackney, London
Mark Chambers – Westminster Presbyterian, Suffolk Va
Thomas Renz – Oak Hill Theological College-London, and Pastor St. Michael’s Highgate