Rhythms of Worship: The Planning and Purpose of Liturgy  -     By: Michael Waschevski, John G. Stevens
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Rhythms of Worship: The Planning and Purpose of Liturgy

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There are many books written for liturgical experts, but not many for laypeople.

Rhythms of Worship bridges that gap. In clear, everyday language, Waschevski and Stevens describe why Protestants worship and help to equip worship planners and leaders for excellence in their tasks. The authors explore the different elements of the worship service and how each expresses our Christ-centered faith. They also describe the feasts and festivals of the liturgical year, helping the reader understand and appreciate these special times and seasons in worship. An additional chapter considers music and arts in worship. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter invite discussion in local congregations.

This book will be a valuable resource for pastors, worship committees, members, and all others who engage in worship planning and leadership.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0664260179
ISBN-13: 9780664260170

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Author Bio

Michael Waschevski is Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to serving in the leadership of Grace Presbytery and as a member of the Glory to God hymnal committee, he frequently serves as adjunct faculty at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Brite Divinity School. He has written for Call to Worship, The Presbyterian Outlook, and Presbyterians Today.

John G. Stevens is a retired Presbyterian pastor and Chair of the Sacramento Presbytery Mission Committee. He has written articles for Call to Worship and has participated in the Pastor as Theologian program of the Presbyterian General Assembly. He also serves as a member of the Association for Reformed and Liturgical Worship.

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"For the 21st century Church in transition, this book provides an insightful reflection of worship as the very heart of the Christian community. This is a valuable resource for lay persons, students and clergy who desire to deepen their engagement with God through worship. Guided by their knowledge and experience in ministry, the authors inspire a renewed focus on the rhythms of liturgical practice." – Julie Walkup Bird, Pastor of McGregor Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina

"John Stevens and Michael Waschevski have given the church a concise and accessible guide to worship. Drawing on their considerable wisdom and experience, this able team suggests best practices for planning and leading participatory, missional worship. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are sure to evoke thoughtful conversations and spark creative engagement in liturgy and the arts. Additional chapters articulate the theological underpinnings of the church year as well as practical ideas for lively and meaningful celebrations. This will be an indispensable tool for worship committees and others who care about vital and faithful worship." – Kimberly Bracken Long, Associate Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary

"Rhythms of Worship is a gift to congregations. This resource helps leaders and participants bridge the gap between those who gather for worship and those who lead the weekly service. It is a helpful book for stimulating discussion about important aspects of worship patterns common to Christian churches. – Rev. Dr. Lindsay Paul Jordan, Senior Pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Delafield, WI

"The beauty of this book is that the authors live worship each week and represent the collaboration of a pastor and church musician. Their appreciation for and devotion to the gathered body of Christ is apparent throughout this concise, but comprehensive primer on Christian worship. This book should be very helpful to worship committees, choirs, and any who want to understand the basic underpinnings for meaningful corporate worship." – C. Michael Hawn, director of the Sacred Music Program at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas

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