Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the Heart

Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the Heart

by Joyce Ann Zimmerman

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In this invitingly written, deeply joyful book, Joyce Ann Zimmerman makes Scripture her foundation as she explores the meaning and purpose of authentic Christian worship today. Intended for Christian communities across the denominational spectrum, Worship with Gladness will appeal to a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders, college students, and lay readers.

Zimmerman discusses such subjects as the common elements of worship that transcend denominational boundaries, what Scripture tells us about participating in worship, and how authentic worship expresses itself in daily living. Each section concludes with thoughtful prompts that will encourage readers to reflect on and apply what Zimmerman discusses. Throughout the book she encourages readers not only to better understand worship but to better understand -- and rejoice in -- the One we worship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467442343
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/16/2014
Series: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW)
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 220 KB

About the Author

Joyce Ann Zimmerman is a Catholic theologian and the director of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry, Dayton, Ohio. Her previous books include Silence: Everyday Living and Praying; she is also the founding editor of Liturgical Ministry.

Table of Contents

Foreword John D. Witvliet xiii

Introduction 1

1 Worship: Withering or Greening? 11

The Issue: What, Really, Is Worship? 11

A Clarification: Worship and/or Liturgy? 19

The Data: What Do We Say About Worship? 31

Worship Needs: Are There Elements We Sometimes Forget? 36

Prayer 37

Profession 40

Confession 42

Intercessions 44

Blessings 45

Mission 47

Silence 47

So What, Really, Is Worship? 50

2 God's Word: A Primer on Worship? 53

The Ancient Code: Worship Draws Us Into God's Holiness, God's Very Life 58

The Psalm-Songs: Ancient Prayers Teach Us about Worship 65

Ascendency Psalms: Elements of Worship 65

Psalms of Lament: A Structure of Worship 70

Thanksgiving Psalms: For What Do We Give Thanks? 73

John 4:24: From Human Encounter to Jesus as Messiah-Savior 76

Heavenly Worship: Multitudes Forever Sing God's Praises 79

3 Who We Are Before God: "Do You Not Know…?" 83

Our Common Baptismal Identity 84

The Saving Mystery of Christ 90

A New and Shared Vision of Worship 96

Paschal Mystery in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy 101

Liturgy in the Rhythm of the Whole Christian Life 102

The Celebration of the Whole Body 103

Full, Conscious, and Active Participation 104

"Active" Participation 106

"Conscious" Participation 108

"Full" Participation 109

4 Being Together Before God: Is Worship Making a Difference in How We Live? 115

Worship Bursting out the Doors 117

The First Challenge: Increased Understanding and Living of the Saving Mystery of Christ 118

The Second Challenge: Celebrating Worship Well 122

The Third Challenge: Engaging Worship Education 123

The Fourth Challenge: Worship Bursting Its Doors 125

Worship in Action 129

Worship and Doing Justice 133

First, a (Long) Note on Justice 133

New Selves Living Justly 138

Worship and Mission 139

Some Key Vocabulary 140

Kingdom/Reign of God 140

Eschatology 141

Salvation 142

Mission 143

Evangelization 144

Worship and Life and Mission 144

Conclusion 149

Describing Christian Worship 150

The Challenges That a Fuller Understanding of the Nature of Worship Bring 153

Index of Subjects 156

Index of Biblical References 159

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