"Dr. Brent Peterson offers an immense contribution to the Church and to churches in this sweeping 'mosaic' of a theology of worship, its practical applications, and beneficial steps for planning. I thoroughly recommend this book for all Wesleyans and many others!" -Marva Dawn,
Author, Speaker, Professor, Theologian Offered in a voice that is accessible, engaging, concrete, and wise this book is a gift for the church. Worship leaders will be equipped to approach their task with new intentionality, and the rest of us will enter worship with a new appreciation for worship as a way of life. -James K. A. Smith, author of Desiring the Kingdom"If you are interested in historic Christian worship that rises from a Wesleyan tradition and enriches a current congregation, read this book...and then make it a congregational study. Brent Peterson has helped us." Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University
From the Author
I love the church. I love communal worship. However, as a pastor navigating the infamous "worship wars" it seemed like I was asking all of the wrong questions in trying to be faithful to my calling and still help folks just get along. I have written this book to offer a basic theology of worship, "why do we worship at all?" as well as explore an important, yet haunting question, "how do we know what we are doing in worship is Christian?" This book explores not only a theology of why
Christian communal worship is, it then offers pastors and laity some practical suggestions for making the planning of worship an act of worship in itself, rather than a chore or task that simply needs to get done. Finally, the book looks at the wonderful sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper seen through the prism of Wesleyan Theology. This resource not only offers some theology of what the hope, command, and promise of these sacraments are, but also offers suggestions for how they can be faithfully and joyfully practiced in our local churches. I am hopeful with this book that persons will fall more in love with God with a renewed passion and zeal for how communal worship can be a transforming and healing event to help us become more fully human.