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The Worship Sourcebook [Hardcover]

Brink Emily And John Witvlie , John Witvliet
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  • Hardcover: 843 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group; Har/Cdr edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801091721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801091728
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It can be difficult to find fresh, new resources for the traditional church's worship-planning needs. Every new book and resource seems to have a contemporary spin on it. So what is a traditional church to do? The Worship Sourcebook is the newest and most substantial resource available for the traditional or liturgical church's worship service needs. Filled with beautiful prepared prayers, stirring liturgies, and useful service plans, The Worship Sourcebook is an essential tool for any church looking to freshen up its resources without changing its worship style. The companion CD contains the entire text of the 800-page book for easy cutting and pasting into bulletins, overheads, and orders of worship. The Worship Sourcebook is a global resource aimed at evangelical churches open to prepared prayers and service plans in their worship planning.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 10 May 2008
As a Baptist Minister in training, I have been thrown in at the deep end in terms of preaching and leading worship. Whilst the Baptist 'Gathering for Worship' is ok, this book is absolutely fantastic. No more worrying about putting together a decent original service. With the CD ROM it's easy to copy and paste prayers and liturgies into your own order of service, and edit them as appropriate.

The book is a little bit 'American' but it's easy just to change a word or two to make it suitable for British congregations. In all a superb resource that after a while of use has enabled me to come up with my own original ideas based on the ones it contains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liturgy ready to use. 24 Feb 2006
If you lead in worship and want a liturgical resource, go no further. This book comes from the Christian Reformed Church of North America. So the flavour is evangelical and reformed. You can use the CD Rom to copy anything in the book then use it in your own church services. An excellent and comprehensive resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Presbyterian Worship Planners 11 Oct 2004
By Robert R. Hann - Published on Amazon.com
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One-line review: Buy this book if you plan worship in a Reformed or Presbyterian Church! Do it now!

This book is not primarily a book of worship services like the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship. Rather, it assumes that a worship planner in one of the Presbyterian and Reformed denominations is seeking resources to supplement materials that may be already available in denominational service books. And this book provides that: among many other selections there are 70 calls to worship and opening responses, 71 prayers of confession, 29 prayers of the people, and an equally vast number of resources for the liturgical year.

There is a valuable introduction on the practice and planning of Christian worship. Other features that make this book useful for worship planners include a large number of resources labeled "mindful of children," a sensible copyright policy, and a CD-ROM that facilitates using the contents in preparing materials for use in worship.

This book has its origin in a small Reformed denomination, the Christian Reformed Church, but it is historically and theologically rooted, alert to issues in preparing contemporary worship, and reflective of the broad mainstream of Presbyterian and Reformed worship practice. The style throughout is both classical and contemporary, avoiding both historicism and trendiness as though either was an virtue in itself.

I am frankly amazed that this resource is available it its price, and I am happy to recommend this to anyone involved in planning Sunday worship for any church in the Presbyterian and Reformed worship tradition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What are you waiting for? Buy it now 7 Jan 2005
By Mr. S W. vanOs - Published on Amazon.com
I have only had this book in my possession for a short time and already it has repaid my initial investment with interest. While obviously designed with the worship needs of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches firmly in mind, this book has the capacity to enrich the thinking of worship leaders in a whole variety of Christian traditions. The sheer wealth of the riches on offer has got to be seen to be believed. This title now has an honourable place next to my copy of the Book of Common Worship [PCUSA] and Common Order [Church of Scotland]. The availability of a CD Rom in conjunction with this volume is worth the purchase price in itself. The only shortcoming in this volume is that there are no suggested service outlines for weddings, funerals and other occasional pastoral events. But this is a purely personal opininon and maybe the publishers have ideas about this for the future. An excellent resource altogether and well deserving of its 5 star status.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See for yourself howthe early Christians worshiped 23 July 2005
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The Worship Soucebook provides hundreds of early (first century and following) worship documents. There is no "in depth analysis", rather the documents speak clearly for themselves. Read the Eucharistic texts, dismissal texts and many hundreds of original worship forms employed through out the history of Christianity. A special bonus is the provision of a CD-rom with the text that provides many of the prayers and responses to be easily included in your worship services. Many power point files are already created and ready to use. Permission to use them is also provided with the purchase of the book. I have used it extensively in my academic studies as well as in designing and leading worship services. I recommend it with absolutely no reservations.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 10 Aug 2005
By Alex S - Published on Amazon.com
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As a new pastor, I was looking for a book that I could use in creating the liturgy for services when a fellow-pastor shared his copy of this book with me. It has multiple prayers and responsive readings for ALL aspects of a worship service, from A-Z and is well-organized and easy to follow.

After one glance, I was hooked and had to have my own copy.

Addition - May 2009 - I have now been using the Worship Sourcebook for four years. I have found many other resources, but keep this one at the very top of my list for preparing worship services. It is one of the books I would never be without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 10 Mar 2006
By Joel Burdeaux - Published on Amazon.com
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As a church planter, this is coming in extermely handy. I use it with my worship leader to plan and structure our services, and for me, it has rescued many of the practices of the church from the tradition that they have become, and I am able to worship more fully and with renewed excitement.

The CD contains the whole book, which is helpful because "cut & paste" beats re-typing for bulletins or powerpoint any day.
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