Planning Blended Worship: book review

July 16, 2007 — 2 Comments

Planning Blended Worship: 4 out of 4 stars
Robert Webber

Paperback: 209 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0687032237
ISBN-13: 978-0687032235

Robert Weber was an amazing man of God who passed away recently. I first read some of his work on worship about 9 years ago and it blew me away. This book is a compendium to his other books about blended worship. The difference is in this one instead of just teaching what blended worship is it goes into how to actually lay out a service.
Within the my church and the Charasmatic Episcopal Church this is an invaluable resource. If we took a poll of what blended worship is on here we would hear it is: mixing hymns with modern worship…so Wesley and Tomlin. While that is accurate it is only mostly accurate (that was almost a princess bride quote). Where you have to first begin with is…worship is more than the music. It is the entire service. It is our prayers, the word, any creeds, the music, and most important Communion. This is the true center of a “blended” worship service.
Webber lays this all out and gives examples of the order of the service and how best to do things. It is basically a skeleton andĀ  he makes that pretty clear. With it being a book 1998 so of the modern songs are not so modern, but thats not really an issue becauseĀ  you can use whatever is most relevant to your church.

All in all if you are a worship leader who is currently doing blended worship, looking to do blended worship, or even just interested in how it works…pick this one up and well the rest of his also.

Joel Klampert

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2 responses to Planning Blended Worship: book review

  1. Joel,
    Really good call!
    I grew up in the Lutheran church where similar traditional/contemporary/post modern/blended liturgical conversations abound.

    It seems like people seldom understood it’s not just about swapping songs.

  2. exactly…have you read webers stuff? If you havent…check his books out

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