worship to God never will please Him to the fullest until He sees you do it alone. It has also enlarged my vision and awareness of the praiseworthy God I love and serve and, I believe, increased the evidence of His godly character in my life. What is the best way you’ve found to more carefully prepare the words your congregation uses in worship? For example, you’ve probably heard prayers with “Lord” or “Father God” in nearly every clause or sentence. His primary reason for creating man is fellowship. idol, and we’d be worshiping worship, not God. "Jesus and the authors of the Scripture clearly claim that the Bible is the unique Word of God. 0000003713 00000 n Unless otherwise specified, content on this website is licensed as Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0. 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Rienstra writes that she too often uses the phrase “be with…” and has thus taught it to her children. Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. The kingdom is a pearl, a vineyard, a banquet feast. Instead of “God, we ask that you would please make a change in this community with regard to our racist attitudes,” try “God, drive out the racism in our community.”, Explain theological terms while retaining phrases layered with mystery and meaning, such as in the ancient communion liturgy acclamation of faith: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.”. “It helps to leave some space, some silence, so people can vividly attend to what God might say to their grief, fear, or joy,” Ron Rienstra says. According to N. T. Wright, “Our idea of worship has become impoverished”. ‘We’re singing this to remind us what God has done and to ask God to do something now.’ ”, In Worship Words: Discipling Language for Faithful Ministry (Baker Academic, 2009), Debra Rienstra recounts a conversation after a Christian school Christmas concert. Developing the ability to adore Him flows out of a growing knowledge of God through His Word. ɗE\Ʌj&�u�R�a{)�6i He has always preferred a man to any of His other creatures, and He deals with us accordingly. Her son said, “Well, it seems like God is either the big old mighty king far away up above or the nice boyfriend Jesus.”. a. They have tended to equate this centrality of the Word with preaching. Words have the power to create pictures inside our heads, and those pictures profoundly shape our devotion.”. A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display. Worship Words advises how to choose songs and name God in prayers, liturgical words, and sermons. “We tend to ask again and again for certain things, such as salvation for souls or healing for physical ailments. • “A study of the words associated with worship show that, while certain concepts like bowing the knee or obeisance are concerned with the human aspect, the roots of Biblical worship are to be found, not in human emo-tions, but in the divinely established relationship of God to man.” The Rienstra children, now ages 15, 13, and 9, joined their parents in three years of visits to scores of churches in California, Michigan, and Britain. I don’t know how we teach ourselves that God is active unless we speak, sing, pray, and preach about it. Worship Words gives practical tips for mining the Bible’s language so worshipers understand the fullness of being made in God’s image. But worship isn’t about being entertained. Instead of praying, “God, we thank you for nature,” try “God, we thank you for autumn leaves and bright sunshine.” Worshipers need just a few details, not a dozen examples. The bottom line of effectual, true worship of our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord comes down to being God—centered and not self—centered, as CONCLUSION—Worship proclaims our dependence on God. Ruth, who teaches worship and liturgy at Asbury Theological Seminary, used Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) top 25 song data from the years 1989-2004. � V��u�|�{E�e��qB~�� O>("�y��zj 45B� We’ve learned from talk radio, TV news, and sports commentary to associate this stream-of-words style with relaxing. 0000005681 00000 n What can you observe about what worshipers here are learning by heart? He has led worship for 10 years in St. Louis, MO and in Panama City, FL. Did you gather church members for a survey of who knows which worship song and chart how these songs name God and God’s saving actions (which person of the Trinity, divine title or attribute, object or actor)? Still, it’s easier to talk about reclaiming the beauty and meaning of words than do it. 0000005892 00000 n 0000017800 00000 n The authors show how to assess overall structure in a worship service and how to compose or select sermons, songs, and prayers that people can easily follow and remember. Most named only Jesus. Many songs stayed so popular that only 72 songs made the list during that time. Ruth writes, “The songs tend to objectify God as the object of our worship activity. Book Condition: New. Are your staff and faculty planning chapels for or with students? How well do your Christian high school chapels, liturgies, or all-school worship times help students grow in faith? The reason, Debra Rienstra writes, is that “apart from any visual devices we may use in our worship spaces, we create images in our minds with words. Debra Rienstra, a Calvin College English professor, wrote the book with her husband, Ron Rienstra, a pastor who teaches preaching and worship at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. NEW CONDITION!! In other words, don’t worship angels, worship God! In speaking of salvation, the atonement metaphor of Jesus paying for our sins with his blood is shorthand for rich theology. As you search and study the Word of God, you will grow in your knowledge of Him. (21) The God of Miracles: "Lord, I praise You because You are the God who performs miracles, the One who displays Your power among the peoples (Psalm 77:14). What words do you bring home with you, if any? Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Read more ». G. Giving is an act As a poet and hymn text writer, Debra Rienstra values simplicity. 4. None named the Trinity or God’s triune nature. And then the pastor could be consistent in the next year to make use of those names. Both the words and the emotional blandness of chatter trigger expectations of ease, maybe temporary excitement, but not deep, divinely designed change,” Debra Rienstra writes. Worship God. I am very easily can get a satisfaction of reading a created publication. (616) 526-6088 [email protected], On the campus of Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary, See our related website, PreachingandWorship.org. MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE. “Just small changes can make a huge difference,” Debra Rienstra says. This is a "start here" book for those with a real longing for God and a real praise in their heart for Him. d. In fact, the word, “worship” is a modification of an older word, “worth-ship.” e. In worship . “Structure helps us understand and respond to the theological basis of worship: God’s call, our response. Women and girls must claim God’s strength and justice. As they visit churches, the Rienstra children have no trouble recognizing the difference between how God is spoken of in sermons and songs and how the Bible speaks of God. And Can It Be And can it be that I should gain The object of worship is God! If you want God to bless you out of your socks, start worshipping Him in your bedroom by yourself. 0000000886 00000 n This phrase may seem redundant but here is the nub of much current worship discussion. BUFVJBHJV0PT « PDF // Seven Words of Worship: The Key to a Lifetime of Experiencing God Seven Words of Worship: The Key to a Lifetime of Experiencing God Filesize: 5.66 MB Reviews Complete information for book fanatics. Compare the verb density to songs such as “, As Jesus did in the Lord’s Prayer, use direct verbs to ask God to act. %PDF-1.3 %���� But the point is that New Covenant worship is much more than an act. “Father God is a wonderfully biblical title—when infused with positive experiences of our own fathers and how they modeled love,” Ron Rienstra says. This document has been generated from XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language) source with RenderX XEP Formatter, version 3.7.3 Client Academic. Sure, God is pleased when you worship Him in church, but those choruses The concept of "worship" as defined by Webster’s dictionary is not Hebraic in any way and is not found in the Bible. Just as children quickly learn to speak with the vocabulary, tones, and inflections of their parents, so we learn to ‘speak’ our spiritual lives with the words and tones, with the emotional and theological range, of what we experience at worship,” she writes. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. If God seems passive in these songs, we are not. That’s why she suggests praying, “Savior, bless Dawn and Andrew with patience as they wait for their baby…”. Psalmfests Bring Psalms into the Heart of Worship �� f��������ܰ�(�۽?u������E�to�Wl� b��4#U&��)�Eu��o 2}m��Թ8>�S�Y��(8�ȰŎ�u�|u!����������0���`�u�ߚ[��>K��Q[��N�n �``�WƢ��Xy�jvڗ������+z؟�N��օd��z�@;s�1�~���*-2��Z���7g�)ԋ-�0�� P��D���T2eףhQ�%��z5��J?w��)Hm�3�j�ŪG'W��UKB�T�O�?v���?��c��g�jz�bY�L��P���N�yJ�~���&������t\���q��\@O:ϭ���>s�r�Qi�TÔ��‚�ځ�G��PiZ25����ע����I���j�'���R����������*�l�<8�M��;� ��!O��\��qc�'��B᩺C�Ea�����]t�Tw��C1��:�S�%�����;C�^��I+L�}'0da�ʂ�ᄇ�ڞ$��-$Л�R_� The same is true of elements within the service,” they write. ��!Q�j~I=~>Ҏ�un��N���`IӤ��+��� -Ka3�w9�b�/�~��AK� J���F��,ȫ[Z�C��?+G�:���?�!���]2���?83˟=��d��U���H��i�!m���mP�f=+��贛��rm�G��@�0��m�)F��[�ĩ�2��*$�������Aת�S�+pfD�=qP��\N��RT�5rE��ZR��&�'i���"����>������k�S�!, How might the Bible expand or challenge your common images? 1 . Following this “praise program” has energized my praise life, helping me to worship and adore God more plentifully and purposefully in prayer. it was writtern very flawlessly and beneficial. Worship Words strives to provide free worship material which is: Inclusive*: avoiding gender-exclusive language and imagery for people and God, and other forms of exclusive language. "�j���B�:y{�Jz��kw9�!���D��2�#�Ѓ . “When Peace Like a River.” It’s not cutting edge but has substance. How well do your Christian high school chapels, liturgies, or all-school worship times help students grow in faith? 0000005870 00000 n God is bigger than our wildest imaginings, scripture tells us. true way to the true God is in a state of worship before God. The book grew out of three years of teaching and studying in California, Michigan, and Britain. Don’t worship nothing, worship God! We cannot overemphasize the place of God in human existence. How we worship God reflects our thankfulness (Hebrews 13:15; Ephesians 5:19-20; Philippians 4:6-7). They offer basic principles that apply across all worship styles, traditions, and theological emphases. But each chapter ends with discussion questions for personal or group reflection, exercises that invite you to observe or reflect on particular worship services, and exercises for preachers. Even small steps spark change, especially in how worship language forms and informs children’s faith. "However, they did not merely take dictation. Worship Words suggests speaking of God’s actions in the past, present, and future: Ron Rienstra says, “You get the biggest formative bang for your buck when the congregation is aware of what you’re doing and why. She asked her children what pictures of God they had in their minds from the names of God used in the songs. A Brief Instruction in the Worship of God by John Owen. Because God is holy, perfect and pure, it is impossible for man, who has been conceived in iniquity since the fall of Adam and Eve, to stand in the presence of God without an atonement. Humans usually get the good verbs in the song.” The few songs that mention God’s saving actions usually refer to the cross and resurrection as applied to an individual. 0000003526 00000 n Did you also look at how often your congregation sings or hears these songs and how they shape worshipers’ understanding of God and discipleship. In other words, while we can make inferences and prudential judgments about the role of visual arts in worship, we know for certain that their gatherings were infused with words. She once surveyed her undergraduates on their favorite worship song, the one they’d not want to live without. Psalmfests, public festivals based on Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship, help worshipers cross boundaries of time and tradition, to explore the full spectrum of psalm singing. To discuss how songs picture God, Worship Words quotes Lester Ruth’s research on Trinitarian language in contemporary worship music. 5. �{�����c��ƀ��F�����P�����_��;�C��ۄ��y}l��-5��(�� �1#:N����0�� �NIq3L���H�=�K�s���@?8��3��@ `�O]�$�LjZ���f^�"ǍY�����+3�9>������� ���EӬӤ�ƣ���iw�Y}PMT�J��S�¬�+p�4}�%D���5#�;����>�-������8�Ș\��B&��#)xѕ�]}#N��l8�Zp|@�`���0\#u+�� the angels I will sing your praise: I will worship at your holy temple and give thanks to your name.” (Ps 138:1-2) “I will extol you, O my God and King, and I will bless your name forever and ever. Download Words About God: To help you worship Him PDF book author, online PDF book editor Words About God: To help you worship Him. 0000001026 00000 n This God who doesn’t expect much of me to cooperate with is such a stark contrast to God in the Bible,” Ron Rienstra says. Never let worship be just an emotional response to the music, how the service is structured, or what we are used to; if this is so, you and your church have missed the point by a very large degree! Pique our curiosity and interest briefly, perhaps, or offer tidbits of information, but not transform. 208 0 obj << /Linearized 1 /O 212 /H [ 1082 995 ] /L 177298 /E 18024 /N 52 /T 173019 >> endobj xref 208 21 0000000016 00000 n Calvin Institute of Christian Worship BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! 8. 0000007386 00000 n He is also the founder of IGNITE Worship Ministries based in St. Louis, MO. Yet it’s easy to fall into reusing the same formulas instead of making the effort to examine familiar phrases with fresh eyes,” Debra Rienstra says. . When offered with passionate sincerity, worship brings God into our presence and makes all things possible!. No other writings are like this." Ron Rienstra says, “A good baby step would be for the pastor to do a sermon series on names of God. Worship is always offered to a greater being from a lesser being. We would be better off to remove the idea of "worship" from our Biblical vocabulary and replace it with "bow down". The words reverence, bow, fall, or prostrate appear nowhere in Britannica’s eight-page description of worship. With their children, now ages 15, 13, and 9, they attended “too many churches to count” and “experienced a soul-boggling range of worship styles.”. The authors devote a chapter to “chatter and patter,” their term for the casual Protestant worship style that many churches have adopted, probably in reaction to yesteryear’s stiff, cold, formal worship. Just three songs mentioned all three persons of the Trinity. �u#ɮa\cb0����B�F�l��J�ƶZ!�v�:���E�ZZ�����ȓ�޷�G���n�Z��`Z�ã,��k\��[�y�~H�ǽ6� Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.” (Ps 145:1-3) “Alleluia! 0000002433 00000 n Excerpted from the book Seven Words of Worship: The Key to a Lifetime of Experiencing God. Many want to see God's Word as central to their worship. WE SHIP DAILY! He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. God is a king, a rock, and a shepherd. These questions, taken or adapted from Worship Words, will get people talking about the language you choose for worship. “Or you could introduce a new song, such as “God the Sculptor of the Mountains” by John Thornburg, and introduce it with a simple sentence. The winner? In Worship Words, you’ll find pithy stories and practical tips to help you plan worship that is structured, simple, and specific. 3. God spoke through Balaam’s donkey and speaks through flawed humans. B&H Books. “The idea is that you need a chatty atmosphere, with a little humor every 12 to 14 seconds, to feel comfortable. Men and boys must practice compassion and steadfast love. When your congregation’s worship language includes only a couple names for or aspects of God, then worshipers receive an imbalanced understanding of God. Analyze the metaphors/images/titles/names for God used in your church’s worship. The Rienstras presented an early version of the book to Fuller seminarians, who tested the ideas in churches and suggested tweaks. 0000007307 00000 n In worship, You will be exalted oh God And your kingdom shall not pass away Oh Ancient of Days Your kingdom shall reign over all the earth Sing to the Ancient of Days For none can compare to your matchless worth, Sing to the Ancient of Days . When your congregation’s worship language includes only a couple names for or aspects of God, then worshipers receive an imbalanced understanding of God. for the study and renewal of worship, 1855 Knollcrest Circle SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4402 USA God has revealed Himself in His Word. �w/����-Q���E�@��R�)j�C���_G���HP����/'�-��c�b������q��[��d����qe9�b��4�T��u�n�̔��0`UZ;�l��vPB!��;X"�@�=n�rL]��� �B�r��)�n[��.|o�a�����lvrɒ�J��� �����/�i��̡�{,����s`�Ʀ\�z��S� Deep simplicity is specific. The church is a bride. You might structure the intercessory prayer on emotions, such as grief, fear, and joy, to help worshipers “get out of their heads” and bring their whole lives to God in prayer. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. “The idea of broader, richer names and images of God—they got that right away,” their mom says. $ZB��I�f���|��� ��v����n�ߨgV�Ey�(��d��=��� endstream endobj 219 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /TrueType /FirstChar 32 /LastChar 148 /Widths [ 278 278 0 0 0 0 0 0 333 333 0 0 278 333 278 0 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 278 278 0 0 0 556 0 667 667 722 722 667 611 778 722 278 500 0 556 833 722 778 667 0 722 667 611 0 0 944 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 556 556 500 556 556 278 556 556 222 222 500 222 833 556 556 556 0 333 500 278 556 500 722 500 500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 222 222 333 333 ] /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding /BaseFont /Arial,Italic /FontDescriptor 220 0 R >> endobj 220 0 obj << /Type /FontDescriptor /Ascent 905 /CapHeight 0 /Descent -211 /Flags 96 /FontBBox [ -517 -325 1082 1025 ] /FontName /Arial,Italic /ItalicAngle -15 /StemV 0 >> endobj 221 0 obj 964 endobj 222 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /TrueType /BaseFont /Arial /FirstChar 0 /LastChar 255 /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding /FontDescriptor 223 0 R /Widths [ 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 278 278 355 556 556 889 667 191 333 333 389 584 278 333 278 278 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 278 278 584 584 584 556 1015 667 667 722 722 667 611 778 722 278 500 667 556 833 722 778 667 778 722 667 611 722 667 944 667 667 611 278 278 278 469 556 333 556 556 500 556 556 278 556 556 222 222 500 222 833 556 556 556 556 333 500 278 556 500 722 500 500 500 334 260 334 584 750 556 750 222 556 333 1000 556 556 333 1000 667 333 1000 750 611 750 750 222 222 333 333 350 556 1000 333 1000 500 333 944 750 500 667 278 333 556 556 556 556 260 556 333 737 370 556 584 333 737 552 400 549 333 333 333 576 537 278 333 333 365 556 834 834 834 611 667 667 667 667 667 667 1000 722 667 667 667 667 278 278 278 278 722 722 778 778 778 778 778 584 778 722 722 722 722 667 667 611 556 556 556 556 556 556 889 500 556 556 556 556 278 278 278 278 556 556 556 556 556 556 556 549 611 556 556 556 556 500 556 500 ] >> endobj 223 0 obj << /Type /FontDescriptor /FontName /Arial /FontBBox [ -665 -325 2028 1037 ] /Flags 32 /CapHeight 715 /Ascent 1037 /Descent -325 /StemV 96 /ItalicAngle 0 /XHeight 518 >> endobj 224 0 obj << /Type /ExtGState /SA false /SM 0.02 /TR /Identity >> endobj 225 0 obj << /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 1000 /Height 811 /BitsPerComponent 1 /ImageMask true /Length 10202 /Filter /CCITTFaxDecode /DecodeParms << /K -1 /Columns 1000 >> >> stream When we use worship language thoughtfully, with authenticity and excellence, then “worship achieves the quality of transparencyThis means that a particular prayer or sermon or song becomes not only a good thing in itself, but more important, it becomes transparent to God’s self-disclosure,” Debra Rienstra writes. He is the worship pastor at St. Peters Assembly of God in St. Peters, MO. It also reveals a desire for close affection with God as their love for Him is expressed. So is using worship clichés or cliché practices that much of a problem, as long as we’re sincere? In the Word, God has made known His character and His ways. Read more », Increasing Participation in High School Chapel Services Some would insist, further, that the preacher speaks "God's Words." Ron Rienstra adds, “Christians frequently talk about salvation as ‘inviting Jesus into my heart,’ as if the day you got saved, you made a bargain with God. Anything? “It’s a wry species of mercy that the Spirit enables us all to worship through what could be called bad worship as well as through what we might consider good worship,” Debra Rienstra writes in Worship Words: Discipling Language for Faithful Ministry (Baker Academic, 2009). What’s the difference between deliberately shaping language to elicit an emotional response and manipulating your congregation? What I aim to do this morning is a broad overview of the New Testament by way of introduction to the theme. 0000003901 00000 n More than a subjective art form or tradition, Seven Words of Worship authors Mike Harland and Stan Moser explain that worship is foremost intended to be a pure and powerful declaration of love to God. But constantly inserting “Father God” sounds more like a verbal tic or careless filler phrase than a form of address. This is the last chapter of the Bible, and this is the last duty of man: worship God! 0000004082 00000 n Have you ever attended a worship service that made you cringe—maybe because of stilted prayers, sentimental songs, or bombastic preaching—yet gave you spiritual insight? Worship requires a personal in0mate rela0onship with God. We are sons and daughters of God, we are sheep, we are the Israelites in the desert. Even improvised prayers need to be organized “so that the congregation can pray along attentively.” This pattern might be concentric (congregation, local, national, global, and eternal concerns) or modeled on the Lord’s Prayer. Just as prayer can be both a state and an act (1 Thessalonians 5:17), so too worship. Address God with a name. 0000002055 00000 n In Worship Words, the Rienstras show why worship language deserves far more attention than it gets in the average congregation. Note that you need a Facebook account in order to add comments. Remember: it’s all grace, folks. Simply put, our worship expression creates a place for us to encounter and experience God. ��z�W�V��&}5�%�˖ua�zg��?^t9C0{RB+h��m"i��i�-��i/L�W�dQ$��i�V\�u�(̳Bx��uD��.6 @҉:LL������A���Zh�C��۾㣴�Y��.`QDi�9�ME��=��L�O���W���W���o����γ31]ⴐ�#����h}�`��2BY�ٺ��p��-f� �F���薪��~Ě(R;���t>�����l���s����J�=������P��J�����m�s�m��/ɅB�S4���<8�d �ֻ `��z�ϊ����˧9�O�~K�1���~%

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