Category Archives: Worship
Book Review: The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life, by Louie Giglio
Far too many people view worship as simply the music portion of a church service. People often limit worship to one hour a week on Sunday. In contrast, pastor and author Louie Giglio believes that every breath we take should be an act of worship. That is the thesis of his latest book, The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life.
The author begins by explaining that we were created for worship. Worship is what makes us human. We tend to worship what we value the most. For some, that is work, sports, shopping, family, or possessions. While some squander their worship, those who find the wonder-filled life of a relationship with God discover life at its best. When worship becomes as natural as the air we breathe and when our words and actions resonate with God and his purpose, that is we discover the true purpose of life.
While the book does not present anything new about worship, what sets it apart is the passion of the author. It is very evident that the book is written by someone who not only understands true worship, but one who experiences it on a regular basis. The book was originally published in 2003 and is now reprinted in a mass market paperback edition.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Book Review: Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church, by Keith and Kristyn Getty
The Gettys are all about singing. Keith and Kristyn Getty are well known for writing new hymns for the church. They have now turned their attention to talking about singing. “Not about up-front singing, but whole-church singing—congregational singing…. This book is about singing together as the church in a way that impacts all of your life.”
The book has five key aims:
- To discover why we sing and the overwhelming joy and holy privilege that comes with singing.
- To consider how singing impacts our hearts and minds and all of our lives.
- To cultivate a culture of family singing in our daily home life.
- To equip our churches for wholeheartedly singing to the Lord and one another as an expression of unity.
- To inspire us to see congregational singing as a radical witness to the world.
If you boil the book down into one paragraph, the book
…has a very simple aim: that you would sing truth, and sing it as though it is true. As you wake each day, and as you walk through your day, we pray that the lyrics and melodies of your faith will ring around the spaces where you live your life. As you walk into church next Sunday, we pray that you will be excited about sharing in the privilege of lifting your voice with God’s people, to “sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” And as you sing, we pray that you would experience the awesome joy of knowing that you are joining in with the great song of praise that resounds through every age, that stretches throughout this world and into every inch of creation, and that is being sung, right now as you read, in the very courts of heaven.
The book itself is very short—only 101 pages. Each chapter also contains discussion questions at the end so that you can think about it personally or discuss it in a small group. The final 40+ pages are written specifically for pastors and elders; worship and song leaders; musicians, choirs, and production; and songwriters and creatives.
Taken to heart, the book will change how you think about singing in general, and especially about singing in the church.
Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program http://www.bhbloggers.com/. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
This morning, the “Dave Krok Experience”–Dave, Jack, Ron, Jessica, Stephanie, Keli, and Lauren–one of First Central Bible Church‘s worship team played on the stage at the Chicopee Downtown GetDown. From 11:00AM – 12 Noon, they were the featured band on the stage in front of the old library. A number of FCBC folks were present to encourage and worship along with the team. Our presence led to a number of conversations during the concert and afterwards.
On Sunday evening, June 11, First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA, will hold a special evening service to formally ordain our intern, Jack Gilbert, to the ministry of the gospel. (Jack passed his ordination exam on June 2 with flying colors.) Here is the planned order of service.
Jack Gilbert ordination service – June 11, 2017, 5PM
Welcome, Call to worship Pastor Mark Wheeler
Reading – Isaiah 6:1-8 Doug Dolbow, Elder
Song – This is Amazing Grace
Song – A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Reading – Colossians 1:24-29 Joe Martin, Elder
Song – We’ve Overcome
Song – Before the Throne of God Above
Reading – 2 Timothy 4:1-5 Doug McVeigh, Elder
Prayer Bill Leino, SEND International
Sermon Pastor Mark Wheeler, 1 Timothy 4:6-16
Examination and charge to candidate Stan Kulig, Elder
Prayer and laying on of hands Elders & ordained men
Song – The Greatness of Our God
Benediction Reverend Jack Gilbert
During the Laying On of Hands, we invite the Ordination Council, Council of Elders, and all ordained men in the congregation to join in this solemn ceremony.
Everyone is cordially invited to a dinner in the 3rd floor gymnasium following this service.
Blogger Tim Challies has written two posts on the subject of using hymnals in church.
“What we lost when we lost our hymnals” describes the downside of using projected words instead of hymnals.
“What we gained when we lost the hymnal” describes the upside of using projected words instead of hymnals.
Neither article will convince you if you hold the opposite opinion. But Tim does a good job of being objective about the challenges inherent in the topic.
Book Review: Essential Worship: A Handbook for Leaders, by Greg Scheer
With the credentials—composer, author, musician, and minister of worship—on your resume, you would assume the individual knows a thing or two about worship. That is certainly true of Greg Scheer in his book, Essential Worship: A Handbook for Leaders. His book is a primer on worship and covers everything from principles to practices of worship.
The author begins by laying out the basic principles and definitions of worship. He then looks backwards to examine the biblical and historical roots of worship. With this as a foundation, he then delves into the role of music and the arts in worship.
In the introduction, the author explains that he came from a charismatic background, or as he describes himself—a failed Pentecostal. He later served in a Presbyterian Church and is now serving in the Christian Reformed Church denomination. It is helpful to know his background because his views on worship reflect those perspectives and denominational practices. He emphasizes following liturgy and the use of the lectionary, as well as celebrating communion on a weekly basis.
While the book is comprehensive, I found it too detailed for my own interest. It began to feel like a textbook designed for a class for worship leaders. It felt like worship was portrayed from a worship leader’s viewpoint rather than a balanced perspective. While his perspective on music and the arts is helpful, he downplays the role and importance of preaching. As a senior pastor, I was put off by his description of a typical worship service as a “mini-concert followed by a lecture.”
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.