"In an effort to renew worship as an energizing part of Christian living and congregational life, the authors use the metaphor of worship as a sustaining and nourishing meal. Though writing out of their own Mennonite tradition, the observations will be of interest to a much wider readership,"---Preaching. 498 pages, softcover. Herald.
Surveys show that greater numbers of people say they are spiritually hungry. Yet in the past 50 years many churches have witnessed a precipitous decline in attendance at Sunday worship. Why are these seekers, and other Christians, not being fed on Sunday morning? Using the metaphor of a meal, the authors look at how preachers and worship leaders can collaborate on a "Sunday dinner" of praise that feeds individual Christians and their communities. They address the steps of planning, preparing, and hosting worship and examine some of the challenges and pitfalls faced by those who collaborate in ministry. 500 pages.
The authors of Preparing Sunday Dinner are as interesting as the book: all three hold doctorates and are ordained ministers of the Mennonite Church; they all work in worship; June Yoder is professor of Communication and Preaching; Marlene Kropf is denominational minister of Worship; and, Rebecca Slough is associate professor of Worship and The Arts and has been a managing editor. Combining their research, knowledge, and chutzpa these three present an eminently readable, understandable, and enjoyable dissertation on that divine/human alliance worship. They do it cleverly and biblically by using our eating habits as the parable under base. Considering both worship leaders and the congregation, many subjects are sequentially and scripturally covered: why worship; the needs of the participants; short and long range planning; designing, preparation, and presentation; worship leaders as hosts and congregation as guests; reaching beyond the usual; and, problems, care, and nurture of all participants. Not just an idea book, Preparing Sunday Dinner gives many practical suggestions.
Preparing Sunday Dinner does not speak to only one denomination, providing useful information for all Christians. As a lay person I learned much from reading this book, and was often encouraged into worship and devotional thinking. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
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