Words that Work for Worship: What Theology Are We Singing? What Poetry Are We Praying?
Words That Work for Worship approaches the task of text evaluation from two perspectives. In the first section of the book, the various ways that the tenets of the Christian faith should—and shouldn’t—be offered in song are examined. Particular attention is paid to scriptural adaptation. In the second half, the use of imagery, metaphor, rhyme, and other devices of language are presented briefly. This section includes some simple writing exercises. Throughout, the stress is on the care that we must take to create and select the words that we musicians put in the mouths of our worshiping assemblies. Words That Work for Worship provides the critical tools that will help your community to sing God’s praises faithfully and beautifully.
Part 1: What Theology Are We Singing?
Chapter 1: Words for Worship: One, Holy , Catholic, Apostolic
Chapter 2: Pray What?
Chapter 3: Bless the Bandwagons, Beware the Bandwagons
Chapter 4: Lost (and Found) in Translation
Part II: What Poetry Are We Praying?
Chapter 5: Spirit and Understanding, Understanding Inspiration
Chapter 6: What's A Meta For?
Chapter 7: The Two R's
Chapter 8: Let's Start at the Very . . . End
Appendix: (Reading - Reflection - Resources)