Up with Worship: How to Quit Playing Church

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Since its publication over twenty years ago, Up with Worship has proven itself to be an enduring classic. The first book of its type, it was truly ahead of its time. With demand for this book continual and broad, author Anne Ortlund is now revising and expanding on the original theme. Ortlund contends that we fail to experience the Presence when we don't allow ourselves to worship in the now and instead become lost in past successes. Up with Worship encourages the pursuit of God's presence— to the point we become...

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Overview

Since its publication over twenty years ago, Up with Worship has proven itself to be an enduring classic. The first book of its type, it was truly ahead of its time. With demand for this book continual and broad, author Anne Ortlund is now revising and expanding on the original theme. Ortlund contends that we fail to experience the Presence when we don't allow ourselves to worship in the now and instead become lost in past successes. Up with Worship encourages the pursuit of God's presence— to the point we become so thirsty we become “absolutely cotton—mouthed.” Up with Worship is also a very practical book that gives “how to” instructions for such worship elements as the prelude, ambience, using praise songs and hymns as well as special music, prayer, announcements, the sacraments, and preaching. Also such “behind the scenes” topics as bulletins, greeters and ushers, preparation, and a worship service flow are covered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805424607
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated
  • Pages: 159
  • Sales rank: 1,107,102
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Let's Talk about Church
1. Is Your Church for Real? 3
2. On the Streets Where We Have Lived 5
3. Worshiping in the Now 7
4. Worship Services Can't Be Served Smorgasbord 9
5. Attitude Check 12
6. Not How, Who! 14
7. This God Is Our God 16
8. Three Cheers for Stiff, Rigid Rows of Seats! 17
9. The Church Service Is a Stage Play 18
10. Broken Bottles 20
11. When Lake Avenuers Got Broken 24
12. Leaders Must Often Follow Followers 28
Part 2 Now Let's Go through a Worship Service
13. What a Worship Service Is 33
14. Up with Worship! 36
15. Worship Looks Up 38
16. Whom Will Your Church Love, God or Self? 39
17. God among Us 41
18. Christians Don't Naturally Worship 43
19. Worship Is Fundamentally an Offering 46
20. What Should Be in Your Hand When You Come to Church 48
21. What Should Be in Your Heart When You Come to Church 50
22. In the Holy of Holies 52
23. God's Preparation Tactic 54
24. Anne's Notes on One of Ray's Sermons 56
25. Who's Responsible for This Thing, Anyway? 58
26. About Hype 61
27. The Buck Stops Here 62
28. Those Beautiful Words, "Then the Lord ..."! 64
29. Meanwhile, Back behind the Scenes 66
30. The Printed Bulletin 68
31. Spontaneity Is Not More Spiritual 70
32. Make Your Worship Service Like a Game of Ping-Pong 72
33. The Prehuddle Huddle 74
34. The Sunday Morning Huddle 76
35. And Now, a Word to the Ushers 78
36. About Hymnbooks 80
37. The Prelude 81
38. Familiar Songs and Hymns Are Where the Power Connects 83
39. Suggestions for Noncreative Organists 85
40. What Songs, What Hymns? All Church Staffers, Take Note 87
41. Instead of a Prelude 89
42. Body Language Is Powerful Communication 90
43. The Body of Christ Nourishes Itself in Worship 92
44. Up-fronters, Your Bodies Matter Too 94
45. How to Sing a Praise Song or Hymn 96
46. Organ Bridges 97
47. About the Special Music 100
48. Attention, All Praise Songwriters 102
49. Musicians, Beware! 103
50. The Job of the Contemporary Worship Leader 104
51. The Pastoral Prayer 107
52. The Offertory 110
53. Why Am I Writing? Why Are You Reading? 111
54. Church People, Get with It! 112
55. Essential Ingredients for a Happening 114
56. Are Your Choir or Band Members Really All There in Worship? 116
57. The Minister of Music Undershepherds His Musicians 118
58. ...And the Musicians Submit to Being a Flock 120
59. A Service's Flow 122
60. Announcements 124
61. A Worship Service Really Can Be Worship 126
62. Sacraments Are Special 128
63. An Alternative to Churchgoing 132
64. That Exciting Scripture Reading 133
65. A Time When Bible Reading Was Cherished 135
66. How Not to Listen to a Sermon 136
67. A Sermon Doesn't Have to Be All at Once 139
68. Preaching 141
69. How to Listen to a Sermon 145
70. What Makes a Sermon Biblical? 147
71. Turning Away from the Mirror 149
72. The Conclusion of the Service 152
73. It's Still Dialogue Time 154
74. After the Postlude 155
75. Suppose It Really Happens 158
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