Worshiping Through Grief

Receiving comfort and leading others…through devastation, danger, fear, and loss. How do we face terrible loss, overwhelming grief? Where is God in the sorrow we experience? How do we receive comfort and also extend comfort to others in authentic, sensitive and practical ways? How do we fulfill our calling as leaders, but not forget our calling as friends, family members, and reflections of Christ in his world. The women and men–parents, wives, husband, children and friends–who have told their stories and shared their personal losses and devastation as well as their healing insight are an amazingly diverse collection of Christians. They comprise some of the seminal leaders of the Jesus Movement; the most esteemed pastors, teachers and exemplars of worship; award-winning artists and songwriters, college presidents, leading evangelists, and hidden prophetic intercessors and missionaries. There are those who are currently enduring struggles or battling relentless disease, those who have experienced inexpressible pain and loss over a lifetime, and those who’ve risked their lives in the midst of danger and uncertainty. Their experience of the unanswerable questions surrounding grief, and of God’s presence in “the valley of shadows,” helps those of us who are part of leading worship to wade through our own seasons of grieving–that may at times seem endless–to receive the love and comfort of a faithful God and our believing community, and to be able to extend that healing at the right time, with sensitivity and true empathy to others lost in the season of dark unknowing. Articles, interviews, essays, journal excerpts, song stories, reflection and prayer.

Webber on Worship: Volume 2

In this second Volume, dig deeper into symbol, ancient-future worship, generational trends, worship in a postmodern world. Robert Webber serves as a friendly, knowledgeable and engaging tour guide through theology, the arts, culture, communication, ancient-future worship, history, and so much more in this pithy and engaging series of essays on worship.

Webber encourages us to learn about God in every way, and by all means, gently, yet firmly reminding us that Worship is more than music, more than a well organized liturgy, more than a good sermon: “Worship is the gospel in motion. It proclaims and enacts the victory of Christ over the powers of evil; the Holy Spirit delivers the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ; and we in turn extol and glorify God as we receive (present tense) the continuous gift of God’s healing presence in worship.”

A one-of-a-kind learning experience with the potential to transform you…and your worshiping community, Webber calls you to explore, restore, renew, question, think, serve, love, pray…and live a renewed life of worship in Christ.

Worship Leaders are the avatars of new music. Yet, worship is more than simply creating, producing and singing new music, it is connecting with the New Song of heaven, with Christ himself through all available means: silence, song and symbol; Scripture, preaching and prophecy; communion and community…and beyond. Bob Webber brings clarity to the difference between new music and New Song and ignites the renewal we seek in today’s Church.

About the Author

Robert E. Webber (November 27, 1933 – April 27, 2007) is an American theologian, and worship pioneer, who connected worship theory and practice in the present to the early Church. Webber invites his readers into a consideration of the communicational and theological aspects of worship. His is a gospel that involves the whole person and the whole Body of Christ across time. Webber is an important contributor to the Convergence Movement, where charismatic worship with liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer and other liturgical sources are blended.

Raised in the Belgian Congo, the son of a Baptist pastor—his parents were missionarieswith the Africa Inland Mission—Webber’s personal history and studies formed his rich perspective. He received a BA from Bob Jones University, a divinity degree from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, an MA in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary and a doctoral degree in theology from Concordia Seminary.

Webber began teaching theology at Wheaton College in 1968. At first concentrating onexistentialism, subsequently re-focusing his interest and scholarship on the early Church and its connection to contemporary worship practices. He wrote Common Roots, a book that examined the impact of 2nd-century Christianity on the modern Church in 1978.

His writings include 1985’s Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail: Why Evangelicals Are Attracted to the Liturgical ChurchAncient-Future WorshipAncient-Future FaithAncient-Future TimeAncient-Future EvangelismThe Younger Evangelicals, and The Divine Embrace. Webber also served as editor of The Complete Library of Christian Worship (1995), an eight-volume series created to serve as a comprehensive reference for professors, students, pastors, and worship leaders. The series draws on several thousand texts and publications and covers topics like Old and New Testament worship and contemporary applications for music and the arts.

For twenty years he contributed columns on worship, first to the Worship Times and then to Worship Leader magazine. His long association with the publications stemmed from his deep friendship with Chuck Fromm, founder and publisher of the two magazines, and their mutual commitment to collaborating, creating, and communicating worship with and to the Church.

He founded The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida in 1998. The school offers Doctor of Worship Studies and Master of Worship Studies degrees. At the time, it was the only graduate institution in the country to focus exclusively on worship education. He remained president of the institute until his death. Jim Hart currently serves as president.

In 2006, he organized and edited the “Call to an Ancient Evangelical Future”, a document intended “to restore the priority of the divinely inspired biblical story of God’s acts in history”.

Webber transitioned from earth to heaven on April 27, 2007 at his home in Sawyer, Michigan, aged 73.

In 2012,TrinitySchoolfor Ministry, an evangelical Anglican seminary inAmbridge,PA, established theRobertE.WebberCenterfor an Ancient Evangelical Future. The Center’s mission is to continue Webber’s vision: to recover the theological, spiritual and liturgical resources of the ancient Christian Tradition for the church today.

Odes and Psalms Special

Give yourself or a friend the timeless gift of The Odes Project and The Psalms of Comfort. Joy and comfort all year round. The Odes Project double CD has been critically acclaimed and features exquisite music plus lyrics from the dawn of Christianity  (a $19.98 value) and The Psalms of Comfort special gift edition features Pastor Chuck Smith, Senior, founder of Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa narrating the Psalms over a soundtrack created  by John Andrew Schreiner  (a $15.00 value). It includes a visually rich booklet with both excerpts from the Psalms and devotions from Pastor Smith. Purchase now and save 30%.

 

The Odes Project – Vols 1 & 2

The Odes Volumes I & II 2-disc jewel cases include both CDs (32 songs).

Song List

Volume 1

1: Like a crown (Ode 1)
2: I’m putting on the love of the Lord (Ode 3)
3: From the East unto the West (Ode 26)
4: I sought the Lord
5: He blesses His people with peace (Ode 9)
6: I stretched out my hands (Ode 37)
7: A cloud of peace (Ode 35)
8: I was lifted up into the light (Ode 21)
9: I will not fear (Ode 5)
10: Meditation on paradise (Ode 11)
11: Alleluia
12: Put on the grace (Ode 20)
13: Let everything that has breath
14: I call unto You
15: I shall stand (Ode 5)
16: Shower upon us Your gentle rain (Ode 4)
17: I have been freed (Ode 17)

Volume 2

1: My love is the Lord (Ode 16)
2: Eternal life has arisen (Ode 15)
3: I rested on the Spirit of the Lord (Ode 36)
4: Rise Up! ( Ode 8 )
5: You are my God (Ode 18)
6: His rest is forever (Ode 25)
7: Flow through me (Ode 12)
8: Sing Alleluia (Ode 40)
9: Guide me home (Ode 14)
10: Keep on walking (Ode 23)
11: They that sow in tears
12: Fill yourselves with living water (Ode 30)
13: Oseh Shalom
14: My joy is the Lord (Ode 7)
15: A great day has shined upon us (Ode 41)

Art & Architecture: Their Use in Christian Theology and Worship

Discover beauty, art, and architecture’s connection to theology and worship. Let pastor and scholar Hughes Oliphant Old be your guide through Scripture and history as you experience the deeper implications of art in the service of worship.  Understand “beauty as reflection of divine greatness,” see how prayer and the Lord’s Table have impacted design and shaped the way churches have been built. Be introduced to Van Gogh, Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt in a whole new way. As Christ is God in the flesh, art and architecture in Church history have embodied theology and spoken eloquently of God’s glory, truth, sacrifice and power.

Song Stories: The Stories Behind Worship’s Best Loved Songs, Vol. 1

From the pages of Worship Leader magazine come worship’s best loved songs. The story behind a song is as transforming, intriguing, and deeply meaningful as the song itself. Be inspired, encouraged, and re-charged creatively and spiritually and learn to both sing and write a “new song” from the masters of worship across the centuries: Martin Luther, Fanny Crosby, Thomas Dorsey, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Michael Gungor, Israel Houghton, Laura Story and beyond. Hear the sung prayer, psalms, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church with fresh perspective, and see Jesus with renewed vision and clarity.

Webber on Worship: Volume 1

Robert Webber serves as a friendly, knowledgeable and engaging tour guide through theology, the arts, culture, communication, ancient-future worship, history, and so much more in this pithy and engaging series of essays on worship.

Webber encourages us to learn about God in every way, and by all means, gently, yet firmly reminding us that Worship is more than music, more than a well organized liturgy, more than a good sermon: “Worship is the gospel in motion. It proclaims and enacts the victory of Christ over the powers of evil; the Holy Spirit delivers the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ; and we in turn extol and glorify God as we receive (present tense) the continuous gift of God’s healing presence in worship.”

A one-of-a-kind learning experience with the potential to transform you…and your worshiping community, Webber calls you to explore, restore, renew, question, think, serve, love, pray…and live a renewed life of worship in Christ.

Worship Leaders are the avatars of new music. Yet, worship is more than simply creating, producing and singing new music, it is connecting with the New Song of heaven, with Christ himself through all available means: silence, song and symbol; Scripture, preaching and prophecy; communion and community…and beyond. Bob Webber brings clarity to the difference between new music and New Song and ignites the renewal we seek in today’s Church.

About the Author

Robert E. Webber (November 27, 1933 – April 27, 2007) is an American theologian, and worship pioneer, who connected worship theory and practice in the present to the early Church. Webber invites his readers into a consideration of the communicational and theological aspects of worship. His is a gospel that involves the whole person and the whole Body of Christ across time. Webber is an important contributor to the Convergence Movement, where charismatic worship with liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer and other liturgical sources are blended.

Raised in the Belgian Congo, the son of a Baptist pastor—his parents were missionaries with the Africa Inland Mission—Webber’s personal history and studies formed his rich perspective. He received a BA from Bob Jones University, a divinity degree from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, an MA in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary and a doctoral degree in theology from Concordia Seminary.

Webber began teaching theology at Wheaton College in 1968. At first concentrating on existentialism, subsequently re-focusing his interest and scholarship on the early Church and its connection to contemporary worship practices. He wrote Common Roots, a book that examined the impact of 2nd-century Christianity on the modern Church in 1978.

His writings include 1985’s Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail: Why Evangelicals Are Attracted to the Liturgical Church, Ancient-Future Worship, Ancient-Future Faith, Ancient-Future Time, Ancient-Future Evangelism, The Younger Evangelicals, and The Divine Embrace. Webber also served as editor of The Complete Library of Christian Worship (1995), an eight-volume series created to serve as a comprehensive reference for professors, students, pastors, and worship leaders. The series draws on several thousand texts and publications and covers topics like Old and New Testament worship and contemporary applications for music and the arts.

For twenty years he contributed columns on worship, first to the Worship Times and then to Worship Leader magazine. His long association with the publications stemmed from his deep friendship with Chuck Fromm, founder and publisher of the two magazines, and their mutual commitment to collaborating, creating, and communicating worship with and to the Church.

He founded The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida in 1998. The school offers Doctor of Worship Studies and Master of Worship Studies degrees. At the time, it was the only graduate institution in the country to focus exclusively on worship education. He remained president of the institute until his death. Jim Hart currently serves as president.

In 2006, he organized and edited the “Call to an Ancient Evangelical Future”, a document intended “to restore the priority of the divinely inspired biblical story of God’s acts in history”.

Webber transitioned from earth to heaven on April 27, 2007 at his home in Sawyer, Michigan, aged 73.

In 2012,TrinitySchoolfor Ministry, an evangelical Anglican seminary inAmbridge,PA, established theRobertE.WebberCenterfor an Ancient Evangelical Future. The Center’s mission is to continue Webber’s vision: to recover the theological, spiritual and liturgical resources of the ancient Christian Tradition for the church today.

Worship, Preaching, & the Ministry of Prayer

What’s missing in your service of worship? How do you honor God and engage his people? How do you properly construct a service of worship? What does God want us to include, and how do we put it all together in a way that reflects his majesty? This inspired and inspiring distillation of wisdom, practice, history, theology, and above all Scripture as it pertains to worship, preaching and prayer is essential reading for every pastor and worship leader. This book will undoubtedly deepen your understanding of why, Who, and how we worship, enriching, informing and transforming how you and your community live and worship together.

About the Author: The Rev. Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old is the Dean of the Institute for Reformed Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary in South Carolina. He has degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and the University off Neuchȃtel in Switzerland. Before entering the world of writing, Old served for many years as a Presbyterian minister. His unique perspective as both pastor and theologian has helped him write many useful books for the contemporary church. These include Worship: Reformed According to Scripture (Westminster John Knox), and more recently his seven-volume series The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church (Eerdmans, 1998-2010).

7 Greatest Worship Texts: what Scripture says about leading

by Hughes Oliphant Old, D. Theol

Guitar or organ, rock or reverent: Is God interested in what instruments are used, or is he more concerned with the condition of the heart that worships? Are there biblical principles that apply regardless of the style of music or the order of service? This little book expounds upon several essential passages of Scripture that collectively demonstrate principles that all Christians should follow when planning a service of worship.