Leading in Prayer: A Workbook for Worship

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Overview

This comprehensive guide to ordering, improving, and doing prayer in Christian corporate worship is for pastors, worship leaders, teachers and anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the use of public prayer. Old discusses the historical and theological background of prayer, instructs readers in the various kinds of prayer as they are used in worship, and examines the ordering of prayer in congregational worship. Includes sample prayers and sample church services.
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Editorial Reviews

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Princeton Seminary Bulletin
"An unusual blending of resource materials, basic liturgical theology, and careful biblical and historical research, all within the framework of a variety of worship services in and to which he addresses counsel and instruction that are well balanced, informed, and doubtlessly to be discovered viable."

Reformed Review
"Blending his historical, theological, and biblical knowledge with his experience as a pastor, he offers, accompanied by helpful analysis and commentary, an anthology of newly written prayers. . . Old's expertise, creativity, and joy at the ministry of prayer will invigorate and inspire worship leaders, who will find not only much usable material, but stimulating and important background knowledge as well."

The Christian Ministry
"Anyone can benefit from this serious and thoughtful approach to worship."

The Presbyterian Outlook
"This is a book worth purchasing, and more importantly, worth using. The texts are thoughtful, the construction of the prayers are models to be imitated, the theological clarity for those in the Reformed tradition should be studied."

Westminster Theological Journal
"Leading in Worship is the sort of book pastors can mine for reforming and enriching the worship of a local congregation. It can be studied by worship committees, or just taken into the pulpit to use parts of it as it stands. The book is generously endnoted, with a bibliography and index, providing documentation and more detailed argumentation for those who want to look deeper."

Princeton Seminary Bulletin
An unusual blending of resource materials, basic liturgical theology, and careful biblical and historical research, all within the framework of a variety of worship services in and to which he addresses counsel and instruction that are well balanced, informed, and doubtlessly to be discovered viable.
Reformed Review
"Blending his historical, theological, and biblical knowledge with his experience as a pastor, he offers, accompanied by helpful analysis and commentary, an anthology of newly written prayers.... Old's expertise, creativity, and joy at the ministry of prayer will invigorate and inspire worship leaders, who will find not only much usable material, but stimulating and important background knowledge as well."
Christian Ministry
Anyone can benefit from this serious and thoughtful approach to worship.
Presbyterian Outlook
This is a book worth purchasing, and more importantly, worth using. The texts are thoughtful, the construction of the prayers are models to be imitated, the theological clarity for those in the Reformed tradition should be studied.
Westminster Theological Journal
Leading in Worship is the sort of book pastors can mine for reforming and enriching the worship of a local congregation. It can be studied by worship committees, or just taken into the pulpit to use parts of it as it stands. The book is generously endnoted, with a bibliography and index, providing documentation and more detailed argumentation for those who want to look deeper.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802808219
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 1,291,250
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hughes Oliphant Old is John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Dean of the Institute for Reformed Worship, Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The Art of Leading in Prayer 4
The Language and Imagery of Prayer 6
The Invocation 11
The Psalms as Prayer 55
Responsive Readings 57
Anthems 63
Metrical Psalms 68
Prayers of Confession and Supplication 77
The Prayer for Illumination 139
Prayers of Intercession 175
Communion Prayers 225
The Communion Invocation 234
The Eucharistic Prayer 235
The Prayer of Dedication 238
Communion Psalmody 239
Prayers of Thanksgiving 291
Hymnody 321
Hymns as Christian Psalms 322
Hymns as Meditations on God's Word 326
Hymns as Affirmation of Faith 342
Benedictions and Doxologies 349
Benedictions 349
Doxologies 353
The Ordering of Public Prayer 361
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