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October 7th, 2009

 

The Written Word

  • A COMMUNITY OF JOY: HOW TO CREATE CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
    Timothy Wright
    Abingdon, 1994, 152 pp., $14
    800/251-3320

    The author-an associate pastor of the Community Church of Joy in Phoenix-looks at how liturgical renewal, seeker-sensitive mind-sets, and Baby-Boomer perspectives can coexist. Includes suggestions for practical, innovative, and nontraditional forms of worship.

  • IN SEARCH OF WONDER: A CALL TO WORSHIP RENEWAL
    Various authors
    Howard Publishing, 1995, 147pp., $12.99
    800/858-4109

    Max Lucado joins six other “searchers of the Word” to explore “the wonder, awe and authenticity of worshiping” God. Short chapters cover topics such as worship and evangelism, hymns, traditions, and ethics.

  • LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE: RENEWAL OF THE ARTS OF POSTMODERN CULTURE
    Steve Scott
    Cornerstone Press Chicago, 1997, 135 pp., $10.95
    888/407-7377

    Through a collection of essays, Scott-a musician and poet-looks at cultural decay, worldviews, truth in art, and other current topics as they relate to and affect the church. Includes a resource section and bibliography. Engaging and insightful-and artful.

  • MUSIC THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH
    Harold M. Best
    Harper SanFrancisco, 1993, 240 pp., $14
    800/242-7737

    Dripping with experience from his tenure as dean of the conservatory of music at Wheaton College, Best discusses music from the perspective of creation and creativity, as worship, and as highly connected to the Christian faith.

  • THE NEW WORSHIP: STRAIGHT TALK ON MUSIC AND THE CHURCH
    Barry Liesch
    Baker, 1996, 272 pp., $15.99
    800/877-2665

    Packed with information on musical debates, worship versus performance, identifying and attracting church musicians, and more. Includes appendices on new software for worship musicians and a poll on church music styles, as well as notes and an index.

  • RENEW YOUR WORSHIP: A STUDY IN THE BLENDING OF TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
    Robert E. Webber
    Hendrickson, 1997, 130 pp., $7.95
    800/358-3111

    Contains 13 sessions in three parts designed for small-group study. Each session contains extensive study guides and questions for discussion. Thorough and well-organized.

  • WORSHIP EVANGELISM: INVITING UNBELIEVERS INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD
    Sally Morgenthaler
    Zondervan, 1995, 320 pp., $16.99
    800/727-1309

    Groundbreaking look at what worship is and how it attracts non-Christians to Christ, what keeps unbelievers from meeting God in church worship, making worship evangelism happen anywhere. Includes an appendix of crosscultural info on worship resources.

  • WORSHIP IS A VERB: EIGHT PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSFORMING WORSHIP
    Robert E. Webber
    Hendrickson, 1992, 225 pp., $12.95
    800/358-3111

    Conceived as a “course of programmed study” rather than a mere book, this volume contains study guides and charts that follow the end of each chapter on the worship principles-which include “Worship Celebrates Christ” and “Worship as a Way of Life.”

  • WORSHIP LEADER
    (CCM Communications)

    The leading periodical for worship leaders. Published bimonthly. Includes regular departments on equipment, new music and books, and features well-known columnists and articles on a wide array of worship topics. To receive free sample issue, surf to CCM.

  • WORSHIP SERVICES FOR YOUTH GROUPS: 12 COMPLETE THEMATIC AND SEASONAL SERVICES FOR YOUTH GROUPS
    Jim Marian
    Youth Specialties/Zondervan, 1996, 96 pp., $14.99
    800/776-8008

    [reviewed in the Nov./Dec. 1996 Youthworker, p. 55]

Music

  • MARS HILL WORSHIP
    (Independent)

    A well-produced, highly artful creation by the Mars Hill Fellowship worship team in Seattle. A wide array of instrumentation (including didgeridoos, cellos, trumpets, and saxophones) and styles ranging from rock, folk, English pop, and electronica makes few of the 12 songs sound alike. Inspiring, biblically sound lyrics. Adaptable to worship teams looking to peek into unexplored territories. Gorgeous packaging contains a CD-ROM interface. For more info, surf to Mars Hillor call 206/522-0285.

  • SILENT STONE
    In Your Presence
    (Independent)

    Mostly hard-rock worship with a punk/ska edge-and you can understand all the words without reading the lyrics! “Our goal is to provide a resource for worship leaders and worshipers that will encourage this generation to sing out in praise to our God and keep the stones silent. (Luke 19:40)” For songbooks, music tracks, booking, and more, surf to Silent Stone or call 805/446-9609.

  • VARIOUS ARTISTS
    Celebrating Our Faith
    (Brown-Roa)
    Liturgical music for sacramental preparation (Rites of Reconciliation, First communion, Confirmation) by Marty Haugen, John Bell of the Iona Community, David Haas, and the Taize` Community. Call 800/922-7696 for more information.

Video

  • ANCIENT-FUTURE WORSHIP: A MODEL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    (Institute for Worship Studies)

    Led and narrated by leading worship authority Robert Webber before a congregation, this two-volume, nearly two-hour video set includes discussion and study guides. For more info surf to Institute for Worship Studiese-mail or call at 630/510-8905.

  • FIRST LOVE (VOLUMES 1 & 2) 
    (Reel Productions)

    A nearly four-hour document of a mountain-retreat reunion of musicians from the “Jesus Movement” era (2nd Chapter of Acts, Love Song, Randy Stonehill, and many others). While not musically or visually “cutting edge,” your kids (especially your worship teams) should draw inspiration from these veteran artists, their testimonies, and still-burning passion for Christ. Surf to Newport Records for more info.

On the Web

  • Passion – Offers worship resources and conferences geared toward college students, a prayer network, an e-mail network, a touring group that’s coming to campuses for one-day events beginning this September, and plenty of music. Its new CD, Passion ’99 (Sparrow), consists of 12 worship songs-reflecting the style of the U.K. worship renewal-recorded live at its worship gathering last January.

  • Worshipmusic.com – Online worship and praise music store, including titles from Vineyard, Integrity Hosanna, Maranatha, Worship Together, Hillsongs, and Eden’s Bridge (Celtic praise and worship music), as well as independent-label worship music.

  • A Worship Place – Offers a ton of information and resources for worship: Music, books, e-mail discussions, a free newsletter, and more.

  • Worship Together – “A recording label and worship resource producer and provider committed to bringing you songs and music resources birthed from church renewal around the world.” Includes a free song every week, e-mail discussion groups for worshipers around the world, and worship artist interviews.
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