One of the things that I found most helpful as a Corps Officer was the Program Ideas that THQ published quarterly.  In this new day it is much easier to find and develop program material.  However, in the business of the day it can feel overwhelming even to know where to begin.  So for this page, I am going to try to keep a few resources that might provide a bit of help for worship elements, themed programs for women, men, and children’s programing.

As this is a work in progress it would be helpful to hear from you as to the kinds of programing items that you would find useful.

Colonel Virginia Talmadge was the wife of my training principal and had a wonderful gift for drama presentations for worship.  She is also the author of the book, Exploring Worship in which she has written a number of choral reading.  With her as an inspiration I discovered a love for writing and putting together choral readings. I generally do so using hymns and scripture. I thought that it might be fitting to start this section off with a choral reading.  (note: remember to date and sign original work.  I did not do so and I find that now there are a few items among my files that I don’t recall if I wrote them or if I kept a copy of someone else’s work.)

Call to Worship

A call to worship is directed to the people by God through the worship leader. It is an act that brings the worshiping community into being. The call to worship is directed toward the people. It is a call to focus mind, heart, and intention on the worship of God. Therefore, it is brief and emotive, not lengthy and intellectual. It has the character of an acclamation, not a teaching. (

This is a Call to Worship based on Psalm 95.

Leader:  Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation.  Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.

Reader 1:  Holy

Reader 2: Holy

Readers 1 & 2: Holy is the Lord God Almighty!

Reader 1: He alone is worthy of our praise!

Leader: Come, let us bow down in Worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

Reader 2:  …for He is our God

Reader 1: He is our great God,

Reader 2: …the great King

Readers 1 & 2:  He alone is worthy of our Worship!

Leader: Today, listen hear His voice, and do not harden your hearts!

Reader 1: He is our great God

Reader 2: We are the people of His pasture

Reader 1: …the flock under His care!

Leader:  Rejoice this day in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise His Holy Name.

Reader 1: Holy

Reader 2: Holy

Leader: Holy

ALL:  Holy is our Lord God Almighty!