Greetings to you in Jesus’ name!
The symposium committee is so excited that you’ve chosen to participate in this book club, to foster worship renewal in your congregations, and to share your insights and new perspectives with us online.Here’s how we’ll get the book club going, including the exciting online-exchange component: 1.You’ll receive your book in the mail (if you need more copies, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do to help you);
2.Meet with a group in your congregation interested in worship renewal and assign a chapter or two each month (or weekly, if you’d like to move at a faster pace) and agree on a gathering date to come together again to talk, reflect, and share;
3.Have someone collect the reflections and conclusions you reach about worship renewal, according to what you’ve read and discussed;
4.Submit this (paragraphs, pictures, or even other media) to me by email and I’ll post it on the book club blog;
5.Share the book club blog site with your reading group’s participants;
6.I’ll notify other book club leaders of the new blog post and will encourage you to comment and exchange ideas online.
Some helpful discussion starters for implementing and sustaining worship renewal, which might help get things started in your reading group, are: ·How does what we’ve read apply to our theological/dogmatic tradition? ·How will we foster new habits of worship? ·How will we involve new people in planning and leading worship? ·How will we, with the Holy Spirit’s help, develop new gifts in worshippers and leaders? ·How will we foster a new understanding of worship and its place in our worshipping community? ·What new congregation resources can we allocate or what new programs can we implement to foster worship renewal? ·What can we ask God, in prayer, to help us with in our personal and corporate worship lives?
Please remember to mark January 25, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. as the date and time for Concordia’s annual hymn festival at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Old Strathcona.Stay tuned for your invitation to a dinner after the hymn festival at which we’ll gather to visit together and to discuss how your book club is going.We’ll meet in April, 2012 to finalize your book club and exchange your final reflections and results of your reading and how it impacted worship renewal in your congregation.
Please feel free to email if you have questions or comments.May our Lord richly bless your reading, study, conversations, and renewal!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Lorne Manweiler
Interim Director, Concordia Worship and Music Symposium 2012
Pastor, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Instructor of Organ, Concordia University College of Alberta