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 Robbie Castleman uncovers the fundamental shape of worship. What she finds-outlined in Scripture, enacted in Israel, refocused in the New Testament community, guarded by the apostolic fathers, and recovered in the Reformation-is a grand narrative of redemption offering order and meaning to all worshiping communities down to the present day.
Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart. Age of the child I gave this to:. Hours of Play:. Sort order. Mar 08, Bob rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-theology. Robbie Castleman contends that worship that is pleasing to God is worship that is shaped by the story of God--a story where God, and not me or us , is the hero! What she sets out to do, and accomplishes, in this book is to explore the resources in the Old and New Testaments, and in Jewish and Christian practice through the centuries that may inform the shape of our worship today. How worship shaped by God's story appears may look very different in different times and cultures but there are some Robbie Castleman contends that worship that is pleasing to God is worship that is shaped by the story of God--a story where God, and not me or us , is the hero!
How worship shaped by God's story appears may look very different in different times and cultures but there are some underlying contours that distinguish between God-pleasing, and human-centered worship. The first part of her book explores the biblical pattern for worship. She begins in Genesis with God, creation, fall, and what she calls the first "worship war" between Cain and Abel. She goes on to explore worship patterns, the matter of sacred space and the importance of sabbath in Israel's worship and identity. She then identifies a seven-fold pattern of worship that emerges in the liturgical patterns of ancient Israel that she believes has continuing relevance to story-shaped worship: God's call, praise of God, confession, declaration of the good news of our forgiveness, the Word of the Lord, responding to the Word, and Benediction.
She proceeds to talk about worship by the book, that we are not free to improvise any way we wish or turn worship to other purposes than the glory of God.
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Worship is to reflect an obedience grounded in the grace of God. She concludes this first part with looking at the rise of the synagogue and the pattern of readings and prayers that was carried over into Christian practice. The second part considers structures of worship in the patristic, reformation and contemporary periods.
In the patristic period the church worked out in its liturgy what it was clarifying in many of the early battles around the Godhead, the person of Christ and his work. The reformation was a period of both confirmation and correction--reaffirming patterns that were true while modifying practices of the eucharist and baptism around differing understandings of the meanings of these ordinances. In the contemporary period, the issue is avoiding falling into a subjectivism of worship where everyone does what is right in their own minds, while adapting the resources of scripture to develop God-honoring worship that is faithful to his story.
Each chapter includes a "workshop"--a series of questions that may be used by worship leadership teams. The book concludes with a chart of the Christian year showing how this is another way of shaping worship around God's story. An extensive glossary and bibliography is also included. Robbie Castleman is a former work colleague. A personal memory of Robbie is her strict commitment to spend time speaking to and listening to God before she participated in any other conversations in her day.
This passion for God, and God's story runs through this book, which offers helpful resources for the theology and practice of worshiping God for any who share her passion for God. View all 4 comments. Jun 05, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: worship , liturgy , church , church-history. And we got one! Greatest story ever told! This is a question I am deeply invested in and I am grateful for Story Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History for exploring the biblical story with an eye for what it tells us about how we worship God.
In this book, she wears her scholar hat and presents a thoroughly researched look at worship in the Bible with a couple of historical vignettes. Castleman proposes a canonical-theological approach to liturgical studies.
By attending to the biblical story, she is countering trends in some contemporary contexts where the worship experience has been commodified. Castleman writes: There is no question that the often historically anemic ecclesiology of some Christian congregations has often resulted in Sunday morning programs that are focused on the subjective experience of the individual rather than true worship that is mediated by and focused on the blessing of the triune God of grace.
The necessity of worship as a service mediated by the Spirit, through the Son and for the Father is often lost in the pragmatism of the commodified liturgies of many services of worship. Sunday mornings too often have become storefront windows designed to attract and keep shoppers in the store in order to buy congregational programs.
The grace of the Word and Sacrament have been sacrificed on the altar of a subtle self-help theology which actually seeks to control the divine encounter with the ultimate intention of feeling at least a little bit better about oneself and life circumstances In the pages that follow, Castleman unfolds what the Bible tells us about worship chapters and examines some historic patterns from the life of the church chapters Chapter two unfolds the meaning of Sabbath and the particularity of the worship of Yahweh in the Pentateuch.
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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.
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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.
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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. 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. 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?
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