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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 1996
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Christian Worship: 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and RitualsGail RamshawFortress Press / 2009 / Hardcover$42.50
Worship. It isn't an entertaining showcase for a talented soprano or a lecture on textual criticism or a pleasant weekly reunion of friends and family. Instead, true worship is a joyous celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And as we actively turn our hearts toward God in earnest praise of God's great works, God in turn speaks to us and blesses us with a healing and renewing touch.
In this life-changing and dynamic book, Robert Webber declares that worship is not "something done to us or for us, but by us." It is the most exhaustive demonstration of our faith and the most intimate form of relationship we can have with our Savior. Complete with a guide for group of personal study, Worship Is a Verb will show you how to leave the dull confines of the pew and enter the courts of the Living God.
Norm5 Stars Out Of 5April 29, 2010NormI am one of many who have had the unique opportunity to study under the late Robert Webber. A previous reviewer mentioned a concern, stating the book focused primarily on a return to liturgical worship. It should be pointed out that 'liturgy' (and by association, 'liturgical') simply means 'work of the people. Therefore, all corporate worship is liturgical because it involves the response of the assembled people. That being said, I believe the reviewer was speaking to the more formalized, so-called 'high church' or 'traditional' style of worship. (Even those labels carry much baggage!) To say that Webber was writing solely with that particular worship style in mind is to misinterpret his thoughts. The principles he discusses are applicable to any corporate worship setting, regardless of style. Webber was equally at home in both traditional and contemporary worship styles, as well as many other styles in the spectrum of worship. His main concern, as stated in this book, was ALWAYS that corporate worship focus on the Triune God and celebrating the unique story of The Christ.The principles discussed outline what Christian corporate worship should 'do.' The unfortunate reality is that much of Christian worship has become watered down, misdirected and misaligned. Therefore, in many cases, the worship event is void of real power and presence, both in the life of the individual and the corporate life of the assembly. In turn, the local church's ability to engage in a life-changing dialogue within its surrounding community is also hampered.This book makes for and outstanding small group study as well as a tool for the congregation as a whole. If you are one who desires a better understanding of the principles of worship, regardless of worship style, this book is well worth your investment.
R Riemar1 Stars Out Of 5July 9, 2008R RiemarI found the book good in stimulating discussion, but the discussion centered on how I dissagreed with the author. If you are wanting to go back to Liturgical approach to worship this book is for you. If you are not interested in being bound to the "church calendar year" then let this book pass.
Gail Stanford5 Stars Out Of 5July 27, 2007Gail StanfordVery Good Read
S.C. Walker4 Stars Out Of 5November 22, 2002S.C. WalkerHighly recommended! If you find yourself thinking a non-denominational/charasmatic "contemporary" day "worship" service is lacking in structure, substance, culture, theology and reverence and awe... If you find yourself thinking we have become "to familiar or to "buddy buddy" w/ God... and if you think "free worship" isn't free at all than this is the book for you! If you are looking for a way to combine historic christianity w/ evangelical truth and freedom read this book. Webber does an excellent job of showing how we have let pastors and the sermon become the center of the service. It was never meant to be this way(as evangelicals we supposively hold to the priesthod of all believers). God has made man to be fed by all of the worship service not just a sermon to the intellect. We must return to biblical, creedal, historic christianity. Webber shows that this can be done by a balance of the word of the Lord(sermon) and the table of the Lord(Holy Eucharist) among other things... Webber, must have been reading my mind! he asks and answers some the questions I thought no one was asking. Praise God!