Location: St. Peter’s (1795 W. College Ave.)   |   Time: 6:30-8:45 p.m.   |   Schedule   |   Speakers   |   Directions

October 31, 2018 marks the five hundred and first anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Resurrection OPC will be celebrating with a Reformation Day Mini-Conference called “Spirit and Truth: The Protestant Reformation and Worship Today.” The Reformation saw not only a recovery of the gospel in the burgeoning Protestant churches of the 16th century, but also a renewal of biblical worship, centering on the ministry of the word and including a flowering of congregational singing. Join us as we reflect on how the reformation of the church’s worship then should impact the way we worship now–by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone, according to Scripture Alone, to the Glory of God Alone. Admission is free, and no registration is required (although an RSVP would be appreciated).

Conference Schedule

Talk #1: OPC elder and Hillsdale College Historian D.G. Hart will be speaking on the topic “Reformed Worship and the Ministry of the Word.” A biblical ministry consistent with the principles of the Reformation is a word-centered ministry, and biblical worship is word-centered worship. Dr. Hart, co-author of With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship, will explore this theme in biblical and historical perspective.

Talk #2: Resurrection OPC elder and music director and Penn State musician Timothy Shafer will be speaking on the topic “Singing with the Spirit and Understanding: Reformational Principles Shaping the Creation of a Psalter Hymnal.” This year marks the publication of the Trinity Psalter Hymnal, which Dr. Shafer helped create, shape, edit, and publish over a decade of careful labor along with other church leaders and artists from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA). Learn from a skilled musician and church elder about the place of Psalm-singing in historic and modern worship and how careful biblical, historical, and musical reflection can help enrich our congregational singing in the present.


Conference Speakers

D.G. Hart is Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan and an elder at Hillsdale Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He has taught previously at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (where he also served as librarian), Westminster Seminary California, and Wheaton College. He was also formerly Director of Partnered Projects, Academic Programs, and Faculty Development at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He has authored and co-authored many books, including Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken, The Lost Soul of American Protestantism, Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America, and With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship.

Timothy Shafer is Professor of Piano at the Penn State University School of Music and an elder at Resurrection Orthodox Presbyterian Church in State College. As music consultant from 2008-2018 for the recently published Trinity Psalter Hymnal, he played a leading role in shaping this important new tool for worship. He is an active performer and masterclass teacher, having taught and performed solo recitals, concerti, and chamber music throughout the United States, Brazil, and Asia. His writings on music appear in several periodicals and in two volumes of The Pianist’s Craft. He has recently recorded a CD of newly commissioned hymn arrangements for two horns, soprano, and piano with hornists Lisa Bontrager and Grace Salyards, and soprano Sarah Shafer. The album will appear under the MSR Classics label and is due for release in late 2018.


Conference Location

St. Peter’s
1795 W College Ave
State College, PA 16801

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