The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 M01 22 - 169 pages
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The biblical Psalms are, without doubt, a valuable source for Christian worship, but the vast text can prove daunting without direction. John D. Witvliet offers a solution with this brief but comprehensive survey of key theological themes, practical guidelines, and published resources related to the use of the Psalms.Arranged in symphonic form with a "prelude" and "interludes," "The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship" opens with a foundation of words about the Psalms from our wise church fathers, followed by a broad meditation on the basics of worship. Witvliet follows with an extensive tutorial on choosing a Psalm, engaging a congregation, deciding whether to speak or sing the text, and many other practical solutions for integrating Psalms into congregational worship for any generation.By including both classroom exercises and a brief musical Psalm sampler as helpful appendices, Witvliet provides all the resources necessary to spark a renewed engagement with the Psalms in community and public worship. This will be an important text for pastors and worship leaders desiring to lead their congregations to renewal.
 

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Contents

Prelude Patristic Testimonies
3
Interlude ReformationEra Testimonies from Luther and Calvin
37
Praying the Psalms in Christian Worship
45
Choosing a Translation
62
Framing the Congregations Mode of Engagement
69
Studying the Psalm
76
Options for Singing
85
pastoral postscript
131
general bibliography
148
acknowledgments
158
index of subjects
165
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About the author (2007)

John D. Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and teaches theology, worship, music, and congregational studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. His books include Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice.

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