Academic journal article Theological Studies

Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the Heart

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the Heart

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Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the Heart. Joyce Ann Zimmerman. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. xvii + 163. $ 18.

As the title indicates, this short book is addressed to the heart as well as the mind of the Christian worshipper. Intended as a deliberately practical theological exercise for an ecumenical audience, the book is drawn from Zimmerman's many years of service as a reader for the Vital Worship Grants Program at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. The book thus seeks to describe Christian worship in categories that can be found across Christian denominations and to challenge planners and leaders of worship to consider new approaches to invigorate the worship practices of their communities.

Written in a friendly first-person plural, which guides the reader through increasingly challenging material, the book moves from a consideration of the current state of worship across denominations in the United States, though a discussion of the Bible as source for worship, to increasingly complex theological questions about baptismal identity; the paschal mystery; full, conscious, and active participation; and the relationship between worship and justice. …

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