- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801091837
- ISBN-13: 978-0801091834
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Worship Service: Creating a Taste of Heaven on Earth Paperback – October 1, 2005
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People want a taste of heaven. Here's how your church can satisfy this longing.
In The Complete Worship Service, experienced worship leader and pastor Kevin Navarro shows you how to create a complete worship service by implementing a four-part pattern of worship: longing for, preparing for, experiencing, and talking about a taste of heaven. Recognizing worship as a form of hospitality, Navarro shares practical considerations and ideas to help you make all the elements work together, from greeting guests to using music to teaching the Word. The Complete Worship Service can help you build a church that experiences God's presence and welcomes others to the celebration.
"Kevin Navarro explores this vital connection between our fragmented experience in the here and now and the hope we all share for the time that certainly will come when heaven will come for us."-Michael Card, award-winning musician; author, A Sacred Sorrow
"The Complete Worship Service is a timely, passionate antidote to the worship humanism saturating contemporary services."-Sally Morgenthaler, founder, Sacramentis.com; author, Worship Evangelism
"When I closed this book, I felt a tremendous mixture of hope, excitement, affirmation, and renewed devotion to the work of crafting weekly worship services."-Nancy Beach, teaching pastor and creative director, Willow Creek Community Church
Kevin J. Navarro (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Littleton, Colorado, and the author of The Complete Worship Leader.
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Part One is my favorite part of the book and I've highlighted many well-written lines. Chapter One is an outstanding analysis of the human dilemma. Well summarized on page 21, "...people have been trying to get a fix like drug addicts all week long when what they are really searching for is a taste of heaven." Asking the question, "Are they getting that taste on Sundays?" is just great! Focusing the worship service on this goal is fantastic. This is a great chapter and a great goal.
In Chapter two the author adds the reminder (pg. 28) that, " we must have a theology of contentment" since this is not heaven, "we will never be completely satisfied until we experience the jubilation of the kingdom perfected." Matthew 18:20 and Psalm 16:11 are key texts for the idea of the worship service offering a taste of heaven. On page 30 the author adds, "We should be crying out to God through prayer every week that He will show up and manifest His presence in our midst." Well said!
My favorite lines in Chapter Three: "Because God has created us in His image, we are forever longing for another world. We long for the world where God dwells" and "(the worship service should be) so God centered and Spirit-charged that it is though we have entered another dimension." A lofty goal!
Once the author has laid this foundation he fleshes out his ideas with the nuts and bolts aspects of the complete worship service. Its great stuff and I was immediately motivated to analyze my own church and come up with creative ways to put the author's suggestions into practice and expand on those ideas. I would consider this book an essential handbook for any church seeking a fresh approach to the worship experience.