Top positive review
8 of 8 people found this helpful
A Thoughtful and Beautiful Exploration of the Theology of Christian Worship
on March 5, 2013
Along with the accompanying album (link below), this book unites Glenn Packiam's experience as a worship leader, a theologian, and a pastor, and reflects his own journey of discovering the historic Christian theology of worship.
For centuries, corporate Christian liturgy was designed to tell a story--to reflect the narrative of salvation. It moved through moments of praise and declaration, to confession and repentance, and culminated in the climactic moment of the Eucharist, the mystery of remembering and entering into Christ's work (past, present, and future) and receiving new grace into our weakness. It was profoundly Christ-centric, based on the belief that the WAY we worship is important because it shapes how we believe.
This book explores six key moments of the worship narrative:
1. Celebration: Why We Rejoice
2. Proclamation: Tethered to Our Story
3. Invocation: The Personal Presence of God
4. Confession: Finding the God of Mercy
5. Invitation: Turning to One Another
6. Eucharist: Embracing the Mystery of Faith
From the forward by Ian Cron:
As I travel the country, it’s clear that a much-needed shift is taking place. Worship leaders are exhausted. The weekly pressure to plan and deliver innovative, seismically moving, crowd-attracting worship services is unsustainable.
Essential and far-reaching questions are surfacing: is contemporary worship compassing people toward a transfiguring encounter with God or pandering to our culture’s addiction to peak experiences, entertainment, and celebrity? Has the word relevant become code for “keep the consumer satisfied”? Do services designed around themes address the longings of people in search of a narrative that will make sense of their lives? Have we become more focused on “Lights, Camera, Action,” than on “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”?
More importantly, might reclaiming the liturgical practices and theology of worship of the early church help guide our course correction?
In this marvelous primer, Glenn Packiam proves he is an important voice in this emerging conversation. In a theologically rich, gracious, yet clear-eyed way, he addresses these questions and many more. It couldn’t be timelier. Anyone who cares about worship and the contemporary church would be wise to read, mark, and learn from its pages.
This ebook and the accompanying album open the richness of an intentional, narrative-driven, mystery-filled worship expression to a new audience. I highly recommend both to everyone, especially anyone who is interested in the rich history of the faith and the discussion of why the way we worship matters.
(Find the accompanying album here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BKBDGA4)