We are pleased to partner with a number of publishers and authors to further the study and renewal of worship. As you explore the 150+ publications we have produced and supported, you will notice a wide range of topics that relate in some way to the worship life of congregations. You will also notice a wide range of scholarly and pastoral approaches to worship and congregational studies. We hope in this way to provide abundant resources on crucial issues that will help you grow in your understanding and practice of worship, theology, and ministry.
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An Architecture of ImmanenceBy: Mark Torgerson
Modern architecture has heavily influenced the construction of new sacred spaces, producing a new way of building that emphasizes God's coming near to us.
Touching the Altar: The Old Testament for Christian WorshipBy: Carol Bechtel
Bechtel explores some of the questions at the heart of Christian worship, considering the often neglected Old Testament as essential to understanding our purpose in worship.
A New Song for an Old WorldBy: Calvin Stapert
Calvin Stapert challenges Christians to learn from the wisdom of the early church as they seek to explore appropriate music today.
What Language Shall I BorrowBy: Ronald Byars
Byars argues that the communal worship speech that truly honors both the majesty and the intimacy of God is, in fact, biblical language.
Ten Service Plans for Contemporary Worship Vol. 2By: Ron Rienstra
This book provided complete plans for thematically integrated services, including theme, Scripture, outline, prayers, transition suggestions, and song notes.
The Art of Worship
From enlisting and training an effective leadership crew to overcoming opposition from resistant church members, The Art of Worship charts a clear course through every aspect of worship.
Stilling the StormBy: Kathy Smith
Smith explores the wide range of liturgical resources available for congregations in difficult situations and how those resources can best fit the specific situation they are experiencing.
With All Thy MindBy: Robert Glick
Recalling the biblical and early church's witness regarding worship, Robert Glick examines the place of words, songs, sacraments, and symbols in worship in light of what we now know about the complexities of the human brain.
Where 20 or 30 Are GatheredBy: Christine O'Reilly, Peter Bush
Addressing the needs of small churches, Where 20 or 30 Are Gathered discusses the characteristics of family-size congregations, the ways they are organized, their joys and challenges, and their best worship practices.
Visuals for WorshipBy: Elizabeth Steele Halstead
This publication combines images with their theological and historical background and biblical references.
Voicing God's PsalmsBy: Calvin Seerveld
Calvin Seerveld has rendered forty of the psalms into idiomatic English and structured his verses as singable melodies based on Genevan, Reformation German, and Welsh tunes.
A More Profound AlleluiaBy: Leanne Van Dyk
Convinced that worship and theology are intimately connected, the authors of A More Profound Alleluia show in practical terms how liturgy and doctrine fruitfully illuminate each other.
When God Speaks Through ChangeBy: Craig Satterlee
Anyone who has preached at a wedding and a funeral in the same week can attest to the power of the occasion to impact the preaching event. Craig Satterlee reflects on how to integrate such significant events into the preaching ministry of the church.
Designing Worship TogetherBy: Howard Vanderwell, Norma de Waal Malefyt
Pastor Howard Vanderwell and musician Norma de Waal Malefyt lay out a thoughtful, field-tested process for planning, implementing, and evaluating life-enriching weekly worship.
Jazz Vespers at Calvin College provided a worship service that combined art, music, and prayer to offer a creative and contemporary service for worship. These services ended in an evening Psalm that was offered responsively.
Worship in Medieval and Early Modern EuropeBy: Karin Maag, John D. Witvliet
Offers readers a chance to understand better the societal and confessional norms that motivated late medieval and early modern Christians to maintain or change traditional Catholic worship practices.
Wonderful Words of LifeBy: Mark A. Noll, Richard J. Mouw
Written by knowledgeable church historians, Wonderful Words of Life explores the significance of hymn-singing in many dimensions of American Protestant and evangelical life.
The Substance of Things SeenBy: Robin Margaret Jensen
The Substance of Things Seen explores the intersection of art and faith, offering thoughtful reflections on the way art functions in Christian life and practice.
Prayers of the PeopleBy: Emily R. Brink, John D. Witvliet
This book is an essential guide for anyone invited to lead congregational prayer in a worship service. Whether you're a new or regular prayer leader, you'll find everything you need in this collection of well-crafted worship resources.