THIS IS THE PAPERBACK BOOK FOR WHICH
THE TEACHING POWERPOINTS WERE CREATED
You are not obligated to purchase the book! Use the PowerPoints as you wish. But to get more value out of them, you may want to get your copy of the paperback through Baker Books or Amazon (new or used). Below see a brief description of the book & its table of contents.
The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church by Barry Liesch. Baker Book House, 2001, 275 pages.
The New Worship is an “issues” book on contemporary worship practice. It seeks to answer the barrage of questions being asked today, and provide practical help for the week-by-week planning of worship.
Topics/Issues: hymns vs choruses, free-flowing praise, divisiveness over style, implementing change, worship as performance, order of worship, staff relations, improvisation, the importance of Colossians 3:16/Eph 5:18.
A lot of effort went into the graphics, which contain many charts, figures, illustrations, and concept icons. Popular in style with a scholarly foundation, it has been used as a worship text by many colleges.
Contents of The New Worship
I. Contemporary Worship Services
1. Hymns or Choruses?
2. Teaching, the Spirit, & Congregational Song
3. Free-Flowing Praise
4. Journey into the Holy of Holies
5. Designing the Service
6. Drama, Scripture, Technology
7. Inspiring the People’s Song
II. Pressing Issues
8. Is Worship a Performance? The Concept
9. Is Worship a Performance? The Implications
10. Worship: Christ’s Action & Our Response
11. Worship that Models the Purpose of the Church
12. Resolving Tensions over Musical Style: Peter
13. Resolving Tensions over Musical Style: Paul
III. Ministering with Others
14. Volunteer & Staff Relations
15. Identifying, Attracting Church Musicians
16. Why Seminaries Should Teach Music & Worship
Is this the most important chapter in my book, The New Worship? Newer translations and recent scholarly papers are adopting the viewpoint expressed here, that Col 3:16 contains instrumental clauses. Psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit are “a means” by which the word (message) of Christ dwells richly among us. Our songs should teach & admonish, says Paul. Also be sure to consider the implications of Colossians 1:28. Many issues to consider here!
The liturgical, thematic, and free flowing praise types of services are compared.The rationale, leadership principles, and intentions of the 5 phase model of free flowing worship (praise & worship) are explained & discussed. Musical egs included.
A “shadow of heaven” (Heb 8:3). This PP explains how concepts in the Tabernacle & Temple are being applied to contemporary worship practice. This basic model has also been called Praise & Worship, & Worship in the Inner & Outer Courts. Emphasis on God’s Presence. Rationale, leadership principles, biblical support, discussion.
Journey into the Holy of Holies and Free-Flowing Praise compared. Controversial aspects. Charges levied: “The New Transubstantiation,” “manipulation,” “sexual overtones.” Let’s discuss it. True?
Song selection as a pastoral task; choose texts that teach, explore, develop thoughts, and with memorable melody; support, clarify central doctrines; engage all age groups
Isaiah 6 (Praise, Confession, Forgiveness, God calls, Send me), Pauline Worship; strengths & weaknesses of liturgical & thematic services; open worship; Vatican II.
God intentionally creates/designs dramatic worship (see Rev 4&5) – it has action, movement, surprise, theological richness; 10 ideas for creative scripture reading; effective technology