The Mission of Worship  -     By: Sandra Van Opstal
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The Mission of Worship

Inter-Varsity Press / 2012 / Paperback

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Worship gives us a glimpse of the majesty and grandeur of God. But that's not all. It also paints a picture of God's purposes for the world. He is in the process of gathering together a multitude of worshipers from every language and nation.

In The Mission of Worship Urbana worship director Sandra Van Opstal shows that worship both takes people where they want to go and challenges them to go where they need to go. Worship creates a space for us to encounter the mission of God. Having culturally diverse worship gives us a more holistic portrait of God's attributes and character. In missional worship, we proclaim and demonstrate that the kingdom of God is here, accomplishing reconciliation, justice and shalom. Such worship is good news for the world and offers God's transcendence and healing to all who yearn for his transformation.

Worship can mobilize us for God's mission in the world. As we worship, we can invite the world around us to enter into the praise of the one true God.
  • Includes questions for group discussion.
  • Contributes to a new series of concise resources that are companions for people's missional journeys
  • Written by the leader of Urbana's multiethnic worship team
  • Offers concrete ways for readers to live out the themes of the Urbana Student Missions Conference

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830834621
ISBN-13: 9780830834624
Availability: In Stock
Series: Urbana Onward

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Publisher's Description

Worship gives us a glimpse of the majesty and grandeur of God. But that's not all. It also paints a picture of God's purposes for the world. He is in the process of gathering together a multitude of worshipers from every language and nation. Urbana worship director Sandra Van Opstal shows that worship both takes people where they want to go and challenges them to go where they need to go. Worship creates a space for us to encounter the mission of God. Having culturally diverse worship gives us a more holistic portrait of God's attributes and character. In missional worship, we proclaim and demonstrate that the kingdom of God is here, accomplishing reconciliation, justice and shalom. Such worship is good news for the world and offers God's transcendence and healing to all who yearn for his transformation. Worship can mobilize us for God's mission in the world. As we worship, we can invite the world around us to enter into the praise of the one true God.

Author Bio

Sandra Van Opstal is director of worship for the Urbana Mission Convention. She previously served as director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Chicago Urban Program and now serves on the national leadership team for InterVarsity's Latino ministry LaFe. A Chicago-born Latina, Van Opstal is passionate about people of different cultures coming together to experience the presence of God. She regularly consults as both a worship leader and a mission trainer with Christian colleges, conferences and local churches.She earned her M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has published articles about multiethnic worship in and She also contributed to the Van Opstal and her husband live in Humboldt Park, Chicago, where they minister at Grace and Peace Community Church.

Editorial Reviews

"Sandra's booklet weaves together the themes most dear to my heart into a beautiful tapestry that brings glory to God. She clearly shows how aspects of God's mission--reconciliation, justice, welcoming the stranger, setting free the oppressed and other elements of God's kingdom--tie in tightly with multicultural worship. This booklet will inspire you, challenge you, cause you to fall on your face before God, cause you to get your hands dirty, cause you to raise your hands and worship with all of God's children around the world. If you want his kingdom to come, and his will to be done on earth as in heaven . . . then read this booklet and live it."
"Thank you, Sandra, for this powerful introduction to mission and worship. This book will broaden and deepen our worship in its forms and cultures and aspirations. It is a mighty tool that God can use to take us all--as worshipers and worship leaders alike--where we need to go. These are the God-ordained places of inclusion and hospitality, justice and reconciliation in our worship, of the 'two feet' of worship and mission that God desires for us all. Please read this book carefully and prayerfully. You will be moved, just as I have been."
" The Mission of Worship powerfully connects a theology of worship to vital aspects of mission, challenging us to engage more deeply with issues like reconciliation, justice, suffering and the discipline of lament. Emerging from the gritty realities of Sandra Van Opstal's multiethnic urban ministry, this book explores how we can more deeply know God through the worship styles of other cultures. As an ethnodoxologist, I found myself exclaiming 'Yes!' and grabbing my highlighter. It energized and inspired me for my own work at the intersection of mission and worship."
"Sandra Van Opstal has wisdom beyond her years as a leader in multicultural ministry contexts. I'm so glad she has put down on paper what I've been so grateful to hear in person. Read this book and let it stretch your worship leading so you can take people not only where they want to go, but where they need to go--where worship and mission intersect."
"In an engaging introduction to worship, Sandra Van Opstal outlines a contextual and robust theology of worship that suggests worship is more than merely singing songs--it must become a lifestyle celebration. Squarely anchored in Scripture and grounded in the character of God who compels worship, Sandra takes her reader on an inspiring yet practical journey of love--one that leads us to God's heart, one that breaks in a world of injustice but finds a healing balm through the worship of the larger Christian community."

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