The way your congregation prays affects every aspect of your life as a church! In this straightforward guide to corporate prayer, Old offers practical suggestions for how to improve your congregation's worship practices. You'll also find sample prayers, sample church services, and heartfelt encouragement for your role in leading people into God's presence. 318 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
This comprehensive guide to ordering, improving, and doing prayer in Christian corporate worship is for pastors, worship leaders, teachers and anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the use of public prayer. Old discusses the historical and theological background of prayer, instructs readers in the various kinds of prayer as they are used in worship, and examines the ordering of prayer in congregational worship. Includes sample prayers and sample church services.
Hughes Oliphant Old is John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Dean of the Institute for Reformed Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina.
Princeton Seminary Bulletin
"An unusual blending of resource materials, basic liturgical theology, and careful biblical and historical research, all within the framework of a variety of worship services in and to which he addresses counsel and instruction that are well balanced, informed, and doubtlessly to be discovered viable."
"Blending his historical, theological, and biblical knowledge with his experience as a pastor, he offers, accompanied by helpful analysis and commentary, an anthology of newly written prayers. . . Old's expertise, creativity, and joy at the ministry of prayer will invigorate and inspire worship leaders, who will find not only much usable material, but stimulating and important background knowledge as well."
The Christian Ministry
"Anyone can benefit from this serious and thoughtful approach to worship."
The Presbyterian Outlook
"This is a book worth purchasing, and more importantly, worth using. The texts are thoughtful, the construction of the prayers are models to be imitated, the theological clarity for those in the Reformed tradition should be studied."
Westminster Theological Journal
"Leading in Worship is the sort of book pastors can mine for reforming and enriching the worship of a local congregation. It can be studied by worship committees, or just taken into the pulpit to use parts of it as it stands. The book is generously endnoted, with a bibliography and index, providing documentation and more detailed argumentation for those who want to look deeper."