Chapter two unfolds the meaning of Sabbath and the particularity of the worship of Yahweh in the Pentateuch. Worshiping God meant for Israel and for us that they worship Him only. There were certain practices excluded from their worship i. While the pentateuch pattern cannot be completely mapped out on our experience, many of the characteristics of worship remain significant. Biblical worship does more than sanctify time, it also creates sacred space. In the building of the Tabernacle, people, buildings and rooms, and objects were set aside for sacred purposes.
Going to church on a Sunday morning is to go and meet God. Chapter six explores the nature of holiness and how it relates to worship. As we worship this God, we allow ourselves to be transformed into His likeness.
Chapter seven explores how worship in the synagogues informed the practices of the early church. Castleman explores three different eras: the early church, the Reformation response to late medieval corruption of worship, and our contemporary context. Certainly there is a lot of church history that is overlooked in her account and more that could be said, but her historic vignettes are instructive. By exploring the early church especially in the Didache and describing the theology of the Reformers, Castleman challenges us to have a more robust theology of the sacraments.
She also urges more purposeful liturgical practices informed by the Bible and theology. This is a great book for anyone interested in worship. Certainly it will be instructive for anyone who has a hand in planning weekly liturgies i. These pages will help us recover the biblical shape for our worship. Maybe our current congregations are not as anemic as the ones that Castleman describes mine is not! But the therapeutic-consumerist approach to worship has infected us all and we all will benefit from delving deeper into what the Bible tells us about the worship of the one true God.
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I highly recommend this! My one criticism is that her historic examples early church and Reformation makes this a peculiarly protestant book, while many of her insights have a broader eccumenical appeal. Oct 15, Mathew rated it it was amazing. The ideas of liturgy and story-shaped worship have been central in my study over the last year.
Story-shaped worship : following patterns from the Bible and history
It began with reading Contours of Pauline Theology then fleshed itself out in some of what I wrote here and elsewhere and finally in A Household Gospel. Castleman a The ideas of liturgy and story-shaped worship have been central in my study over the last year.
In Story-Shaped Worship, she fleshes out the idea of story-formed worship historically and theologically. Castleman divides the book into two sections: biblical and historical patterns of worship. Part one is a story within a story. She expertly traces the idea of worship through reenactment from Genesis to the early church.
The two are mutually exclusive. One centers worship around me, me, me and the other centers around the Triune God. I appreciate Dr. She realizes Scripture must guide our worship and that comes across through much of the book. We may have differences in our understanding of the regulative principle of worship, but our shared desire to see churches rehearse the gospel story faithfully unites where details may differ.
Nothing is more significant in worship than understanding that. How does your faith connect with the story of Israel and the person and work of Jesus Christ as the true Israel? Does your church rehearse the gospel story week? Or does it primarily strive to meet felt needs? Apr 27, Jamie rated it really liked it. However, it can be easy to fall into the weekly rhythm of the service without stepping into the story.
Or, being from a small congregation where everyone has a part in making the service happen, it can be easy to focus on the mechanics instead of the gift of the service. So, I truly enjoyed the opportunity to step away my practice and see the liturgy from a different perspective - particularly from someone outside of the liturgical church. Castleman wrote Story Shaped Worship to help examine and explain the elements of a worship service - walking through both the old and new testaments of the Bible, and two thousand years of church tradition. In this survey she summarizes seven elements essential to a Christian worship service.
One of the things that particularly strikes me about this story - the characters are within the words and music on the pages or screens, but also within the people present as they recite and listen. Jul 09, David Smith rated it it was amazing. Castleman combines the shape of worship in both Old and New Testaments as well as its historical developments through the centuries, and does so in only about pages. Most books on worship don't deal with the actual biblical texts systematically or chronologically and frequently overlook Old Testament worship, unless the Psalms and other selected texts get a special emphasis.
Many books on worship have an agenda, e. Castleman stays on track, and her emphases can be applied in any church setting. May 06, Gary rated it it was amazing. Totally awesome, Scriptural, and well written! Aug 03, Michael Philliber rated it really liked it. Good book for pastors, pastor-wanna-bes, worship leaders, etc. Maggie Lowe rated it liked it Oct 23, Tr0yisbald rated it really liked it Jul 30, Jeffrey Choi rated it really liked it Apr 20, Tyler Richards rated it liked it Aug 03, Simon Marshall rated it really liked it Aug 05, Jason Gaboury rated it really liked it Dec 13, Shelby rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Joey rated it really liked it Jan 12, Paige Clenney rated it really liked it Dec 20, Mica rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Lauren rated it liked it Jul 08, Joel Afanador rated it really liked it Dec 09, Michael rated it really liked it Mar 14, Linnea rated it it was amazing Nov 14, Rebeccagxy rated it really liked it Jul 02, Chris rated it liked it Dec 29, Craig Harris rated it it was amazing Mar 19, Dan Yarnell rated it really liked it Jul 22, Katie rated it liked it May 06, Courtney Hoover Clements rated it really liked it Aug 09, Michelle rated it it was amazing Jun 03, Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es.
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Would you also like to submit a review for this item? You already recently rated this item. Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: 1 2 3 4 5. Preview this item Preview this item. Right worship does not require a return to the identical forms found in the early church, or later in Rome, or after that in Westminster. What it calls for is a faithful response today to the God of our salvation in light of those biblically ordered and historically informed patterns. In this study Castleman uncovers the fundamental shape of worship. What she unearths is a shape that is outlined in Scripture, enacted in Israel, refocused in the New Testament community, regulated and guarded by the apostolic fathers, and recovered in the Reformation.
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