An Annotated Bibliography on Worship

The following worship books in print are recommended by Merle J. Whitney, pastor, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Lakeside, California.

By the staff of Ministry.

The following worship books in print are recommended by Merle J. Whitney, pastor, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Lakeside, California.

Sing a New Song! Worship Renewal for Adventists Today

C. Raymond Holmes, Andrews University Press, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 1984, 190 pages, paper, $9.95. Includes three appendixes with suggested orders of service, E. G. White comments, glossary, and bibliography.

Previously reviewed in Ministry, this book is a must for Adventist worship leaders. It builds on the church's Christian heritage while including a distinctive Seventh-day Adventist perspective.

Participating in Worship

Craig Douglas Erickson, Westminster! John Knox, Louisville, Kentucky, 1989, 223 pages, $14.95. General and Scripture index. Each chapter has a study guide and extensive bibliography.

This book's subtitle, "History, Theory, and Practice," summarizes its con tents. Erickson emphasizes practice and involving the entire congregation in worship. He covers all areas of worship including silence and gestures. The book provides numerous ideas and re sources to make worship deep, meaningful, and participatory.

Up With Worship

Anne Ortlund, Regal Books, Ventura, California, 1982, 120 pages, $6.95.

This clever and readable book tells how to get totally involved in church worship.

Introduction to Christian Worship

James F. White, Abingdon Press, Nash ville, 1980, 288 pages, $13.95.

Written by a foremost Protestant worship scholar, this book is academic but with a strong pastoral thrust. The author stresses the historical, theological, and pastoral dimensions of worship.

Liturgies of the Western Church

Bard Thompson, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1980, 448 pages, $12.95.

This collection of 13 liturgies (plus variations) includes many complete worship services. Thompson gives historical and contextual introductions covering Western Christianity from Justin Martyr to John Wesley.

Worship Old and New

Robert E. Webber, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1982, 256 pages, $14.95. Extensive bibliography and indexes.

The main purpose of this book is to examine the biblical roots, historical development, and theological meaning of worship. The secondary purpose is to seek ways in which the old practices can be applied to modern worship. Well-written and oriented to evangelicals, this book provides material geared to pas tors.

Protestant Worship: Traditions in Transition

James F. White, Westminster/John Knox, Louisville, Kentucky, 1989, 288 pages, $15.95. Index of persons and subjects. Glossary and good bibliography classified by worship tradition.

Written by a leading scholar on worship, this book is the best available on the differences and strengths of various worship forms practiced by American Protestant churches today. After contrasting Protestant and Roman Catholic worship, the author covers the origin, development, and present characteristics of nine traditions: Lutheran, Re formed, Anabaptist, Anglican, Separatist and Puritan, Quaker, Frontier, and Pentecostal.

The Pastor-Evangelist in Worship

Richard Stall Armstrong, Westminster/ John Knox, Louisville, Kentucky, 1986, 216pages, $11.95. Appendixes, including one for evaluating the church bulletin as an evangelistic instrument.

This unique book discusses both preaching and worship in light of their contribution to evangelism. Armstrong deals not only with the weekly worship service, but also the evangelistic potential of the ordinances and other services of the church.

The Leadership of Worship

Grady Hardin, Abingdon Press, Nash ville, 1980, 110 pages, $6.95. Resource lists included.

"A carefully planned service is of primary importance in leading participants to experience Christ in the fullest sense." This book provides a detailed explanation of how to lead a worship service. Hardin includes discussion of spoken words, visible words, the planning team, and the use of color, texture, and time.

Real Worship-It Will Transform Your Life

Warren W. Wiersbe, Oliver-Nelson Books, Nashville, 1990 (expanded edition with study guide), 219 pages. Appendix with questions and answers and bibliography.

Much that Wiersbe writes relates to corporate worship, but the strength of this book is its personal, devotional value. The book is recommended for corporate and personal worship, and the reader will benefit in both areas. Wiersbe divides the book into four parts--invitation to worship, worship and wonder, worship and witness, and worship and warfare.

The author's fundamentalist back ground adds an important slant to this volume.

Let the People Sing

Harold E. Hannum, Tom Davis, ed., Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1981, 112 pages, currently at a clearance price of $1.

One of the few Seventh-day Adventist books dealing with worship; the primary emphasis is on music.

Jubilate!—Church Music in the Evangelical Tradition

Donald P. Hustad, Hope Publishing, Carol Stream, Illinois, 1981, 368 pages, $19.95. Glossary, supplemental readings, bibliography.

While the subject of this volume is church music, it impacts on all of worship. I feel this book is the best in the field of evangelical church music. Readers do not need to translate from works written from a liturgical church bias (as most books on church music are) to make it eminently practical.

Full Circle—A Proposal to the Church for an Arts Ministry

Nena Bryans, Schuyler Institute for Worship and the Arts, San Carlos, California, 1988, 81 pages, $9.95. Excel lent classified bibliography, resource list.

One sentence from page 15 explains the purpose of this book: ''The arts can help us take worship out of the routine and expected into a place of wonder and celebration."

Ritual and Pastoral Care

Elaine Ramshaw, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1987, 128 pages, $8.95.

Ramshaw tells how ritual provides order and meaning, gives normative, ethical force to the community, creates familiarity, and reaffirms our place in the social order.

The Service of God: Christian Work and Worship

William H. Willimon, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1983, 240 pages, $11.95.

Worship makes a difference in how one lives and the decisions he or she makes. The author challenges us as he discusses the relationship between worship and ethics.

Worship as Pastoral Care

William H. Willimon, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1979, 237 pages, $13.95.

How do you blend worship and pastoral care to enrich and support each other? The author believes true pastoral care cannot take place apart from an active community of faith. He examines four acts of worship: baptism, the Lord's Supper, the wedding, the funeral.

Companion to the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal

Wayne Hooper and Edward E. White, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1988, 701 pages, $36.50.

This volume includes sections on Adventist hymnody, commentaries on the hymns, and biographies of authors and composers.

The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal

Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1985, 832 pages, $13.95.

The introduction and paragraphs pref acing the worship aids contain brief, helpful suggestions for worship services.

Acting Out the Gospels With Mimes, Puppets, and Clowns

William DeAngelis, Twenty-Third Publications, Mystic, Connecticut, 1982, 92 pages, $9.95. Appendix of additional helps.

The book includes instructions for 19 plays. Written for Catholics, it can be easily adapted to any church.

Dedication Services for Every Occasion

Man/red Hoick, Jr., compiler, Judson Press, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1984, 96 pages, $7.95. Additional sources included.

This handbook provides 35 services for events as diverse as dedications for the new church kitchen or choir robes. They can be duplicated, adapted, or changed in ways to suit your congregation.

Dedications and Readings for Church Events

Manfred Hoick, Jr., compiler, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1991, 147 pages, $7.95.

Hoick's latest book of services for special events; all are entirely new and may be used or adapted as you wish.

Fabric Applique for Worship

Rebecca Jerde, Augsburg, Minneapolis, 1983, 80 pages, $10.95. Glossary.

Subtitled "Patterns and Guide for Sewing Banners, Vestments, and Paraments," this book will be helpful to worship innovators. Even if you don't use vestments and paraments, you'll get ideas from them for banners and hangings to enrich your worship atmosphere.

Writing Your Own Worship Materials

G. Temp Sparkman, Judson Press, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1980, 111 pages, $6.95. Bibliography and index.

If you don't have it, get this book! Filled with examples, it also teaches you how to write your own calls to worship, invocations, prayers, responsive readings, etc. Your worships can move from trite to creative and personalized.


Evelyn Underhill, Crossroads, New York, 1982, 350 pages, $14.95.

Long a classic on the spiritual life, Underhill does not write a handbook but rather delves into those primary realities of our relationship to God that our devotional acts express.


The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song, The Hymn Society of America, Fort Worth, Texas. New hymns, research, and hymn stories.

Modern Liturgy, Resource Publications, San Jose, California. Practical resources for worship planning.

Reformed Liturgy and Music, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, Kentucky. Very helpful music and worship suggestions; organized according to the Christian year.

Worship, Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. Journal of the Academy of Worship, it has a scholarly liturgical orientation.

Recently Noted

Come and Worship, Tap into God's Power Through Praise and Worship, Michael Coleman and Ed Lindquist, Fleming H. Revell Co., Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1989, 159 pages, $6.95.

"Over and over again people are telling us they want more teaching on praise and worship," the authors noted several years ago, and so they organized Integrity Music. Today more than 175,000 people receive Hosanna! Music Praise and Worship tapes every eight weeks. The authors wrote this nondenominational book to show how to enter God's presence through praise and worship music. They include numerous testimonies of how God-directed worship music has blessed lives.

Protest and Praise, Sacred Music of Black Religion, Jon Michael Spencer, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1990, 262 pages, $14.95, paper.

Protest and Praise is divided into two parts--"Protest Song" and "Praise Song." In Part 1 Spencer, a musicologist and historian, analyzes sacred Black music and its evolution from inside slavery looking out (spirituals) and antislavery hymnody to social gospel and civil rights songs.

Part Two, "Praise Song," also fol lows history starting with the unique ring-shout dance, the sweet and exotic tongue-song, Holiness-Pentecostal, and gospel music. The author devotes the last chapter to the chanted sermon practiced as an emotional adoration of God, and binds the 10 chapters together in what he calls theomusicology musicology as a theologically informed discipline.

Spencer not only provides scholarly insight into the development of African- American sacred music but gives us an appreciation for its beauty, honesty, and expressiveness.

Touch Holiness: Resources for Worship, Ruth C. Duck and Maren C. Tirabassi, eds., The Pilgrim Press, New York, 1990, 256 pages, $12.95.

This collection of writings from more than 60 gifted contributors comes from a variety of liturgical perspectives.

Among the many worship books available today, this one stands out as particularly beautiful and sensitive. Divided into three sections, the book provides readings and prayers for three types of services: the liturgical year; the sacraments and rites of the church; and regular worships. With occasional modifications, any church can use the mate rial. This book can add freshness and a touch of elegance to any worship service.

Mastering Worship, Jack Hayford, Howard Stevenson, John Killinger, Multnomah, Portland, Oregon, 1990, 166 pages, $12.95.

The fourth volume in Multnomah's Mastering Ministry series, this book provides ideas for enriching the church worship experience. It also gives guidance in incorporating classic and con temporary expressions of worship.

Small Group Outreach, Kurt Johnson, Review and Herald Publishing Assn., 1991, 96 pages, $6.95, paper.

A step-by-step guide to successful small group Bible study. Johnson tells you what you need to know to start a small group and direct its members to ward a new life in Christ. Johnson, personal ministries director of the Oregon Conference, wrote the book from his own experiences and those of other successful group leaders.

Sing the Psalms, Dale A. Schoening, CSS Publishing, Lima, Ohio, 1989, $7.50, paper.

Churches can reintroduce the element of song into the use of the Psalms with this volume of metered psalms based on the Common Lectionary. The author provides metrical versions and suggested tunes for many psalms.

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