Flow: The Ancient Way to Do Contemporary Worship

Flow: The Ancient Way to Do Contemporary Worship

by Lester Ruth


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Is there a way to do the prescribed or suggested orders of worship from denominational worship resources—such as the United Methodist Book of Worship, Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship, the Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or the Book of Common Prayer—in a way that feels legitimately and authentically contemporary? This practical, how-to book will help churches plan and implement passionate and invigorating worship. Step by step, author Lester Ruth and contributors Zachary Barnes, Andrew Eastes, Jonathan Ottaway, Adam Perez, Glenn Stallsmith and Deborah Wong break down the process of re-thinking what the official or recommended order of worship is truly suggesting, so pastors and worship leaders can plan and lead a service of Word and Table that feels genuinely relevant and attuned to the congregation’s culture. With this goal, Flow casts a new, but classic, understanding of traditional worship as well as spurs a reconsideration of how contemporary worship can be done by honoring the traditions of denominational congregations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501898990
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lester Ruth is the Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School. Ruth holds degress from Notre Dame, Candler School of Theology of Emory University, and Asbury Theological Seminary. He was a student of James F. White - the

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Introduction: The Irony of a Missed Alliance Lester Ruth ix

Section I Background

Chapter 1 An Ancient Way to Do Contemporary Worship Lester Ruth 3

Chapter 2 How Flow Became the Thing Zachary Barnes 13

Section II Conversions of the Mind

Chapter 3 Just What Is an Order of Worship? Adam Perez 27

Chapter 4 Rethinking the Planning Process Adam Perez 39

Section III Practices and Techniques

Chapter 5 Musical Flow: Important Techniques Jonathan Ottaway 53

Chapter 6 Spoken Flow: What Gets Said Glenn Stallsmith 67

Chapter 7 Visual Flow: Using Presentational Technologies Andrew T. Eastes 77

Chapter 8 Beatific Flow: Overarching Guidelines 91

Chapter 9 Helpful Resources for Contemporary Worship 95

Appendix A Sample Service Focusing on John 2:1-11 Debbie Wong 101

Appendix B Presiding at Communion in a Contemporary Service Lester Ruth 117

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