Suggested Reading for Leaders: Worship

Biblical Commentary

  • The New Interpreter’s Bible: The Standard in Contemporary Biblical Studies
    • the contributors are also theologically diverse, reflecting a wide range of denominational backgrounds.
    • (link to Abingdon Press)

“The NIB offers the complete text of two leading biblical translations (the NIV and the NRSV), detailed commentary on coherent manageable portions of text, maps, and excursuses. The Reflections sections are a crucial component of the NIB that provide thoughtful, and thought-provoking, insights on the contemporary application of the biblical text for preaching, teaching, and daily living.” (reposted from Abingdon Press)

  • Interpretation Biblical Commentary Series

“The commentaries deal with whole portions or sections of text that are used in teaching and preaching rather than with individual verses and words. Exegetical study and hermeneutical reflection are integrated into one readable expository essay.” reposted from

  • Feasting on the Word Commentary Series

This is preaching resource.  Each lectionary text is presented with reflection from contemporary preachers from four perspectives: theological, pastoral, exegetical and homiletical.  There are additional resources now available at!!

The Art of Preaching

“Fred B. Craddock is one consumate preacher of the Gospel and one committed student of the Gospels…This reprinted treasure becomes a continuing example and stable ingredient for all students of preaching. It is the composite we needed and hoped for, out of his lengthy practice of preaching the Gospel.” (by Fred W. Hood, reposted from

  • When God is Silent (Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching)

“In these 1997 Lyman Beecher Lectures in Preaching delivered at Yale Divinity School, Barbara Brown Taylor focuses on the task of those who preach and those who hear sermons in a world where people thirst for a word from God. How may we approach this seemingly silent God with due respect, proclaiming the Word without violating the silence, by speaking with restraint?”  (reposted from

“Long once again has his finger on the pulse of American preaching, demonstrated by his creative responses to these challenges. Whether he is calling for theologically smarter and more ethically discerning preaching, providing a method of interpretation that will allow pastors to recover the emphasis on God in our midst, or encouraging a kind of interfaith dialogue with gnosticism, he demonstrates why he has long been considered one of the most thoughtful and intelligent preachers in America today.” (reposted from

  • A Guide to Preaching and Leading Worship

“One of the world s most admired preachers here offers his practical and sage advice for some of the most basic tasks of ministry: preparing, delivering, and evaluating sermons; planning, leading, and evaluating worship services; offering public prayers; and celebrating baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In addition, Willimon provides creative suggestions for involving laity in worship.” (reposted from

Worship Development
  • Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations

This book comes out of the emerging church movement.  It offers theological basis for how to create new worship space and to use the rituals found in church history and practice to embrace renewed depth and experience in worship.

  • The Hospitality of God: Emerging Worship for a Missional Church

“A detailed and systematic analysis that features case studies and examines such issues as history, method, setting, scripture, prayer, music and Eucharist. Also includes liturgical texts the authors encountered on the road or created in response to their journey into emergence.” (reposted from amazon)

  • Imaging the Word: An Arts and Lectionary Resource

This three book lectionary resource includes art, poetry and music that adds depth to worship creation and mediation.

  • Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
    • by Shane Claibrone, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro
    • (link to amazon)

“Common Prayer helps today’s diverse church pray together across traditions and denominations. With an ear to the particulars of how various liturgical traditions pray, and using an advisory team of liturgy experts, the authors have created a tapestry of prayer that celebrates the best of each tradition. The book also includes a unique songbook composed of music and classic lyrics to over fifty songs from various traditions, including African spirituals, traditional hymns, Mennonite gathering songs, and Taize chants.”  (reposted from amazon)


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