New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Companion to The Africana Worship Book

Valerie Bridgeman Davis, Safiyah Fosua • February 2008

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Worship is when "God shows up and shows out!"

African-American worship affirms that an active God embodies human lives through companionship and communion.

This volume of essays, interlacing worship pieces with reflections from prominent leaders and emerging thinkers in Africana life, is designed to help churches, professors, and students reflect more deeply on worship and practice.

Building a bridge of understanding through collective experiences, the Companion to the Africana Worship Book shows the roots and fruits of rich worship. The series of worship books includes The Africana Worship Book (Year A | Volume 1) and The Africana Worship Book (Year B | Volume 2).

Essays and contributors in the Companion include:

  • "21 Questions Revisited" by Valerie Bridgeman Davis
  • "Go Play with God: Reclaiming Liturgy for Spiritual Formation" by Valerie Bridgeman Davis
  • "Liturgy as Subversive Activity" by Safiyah Fosua
  • "To Serve This Present Age" by Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
  • "Africana Theology for the Black Church" by Safiyah Fosua
  • "Worshipping Contextually: the Bassa People in the United Methodist Church in Liberia" by Pianapue Kept Early
  • "Translatability as Belonging: Bassa United Methodist Christians in Liberia" by Pianapue Kept Early
  • "The Creation of an Africana Worship Ritual: Baptism in the Shouters of Trinidad" by Gennifer Benjamin Brooks
  • "The African-American Church and Sacraments: But Can We Still Get Our 'Circament?'" by William B. McClain
  • "Death as Worship: Celebrating Dying as Part of Life" by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
  • "The African-American Funeral Sermon: Divine Re-Framing of Human Tragedy" by Frank A. Thomas
  • "Music in Africana Worship" by Melinda Weekes
  • "Doxology in Darkness" by Jessica Kendall Ingram
  • "In the Spirit" by Lisa Allen
  • "That Was Then, This Is NOW" by Otis Moss III
  • "Emerging Possibilities for African-American Churches" by Douglas Powe
  • "Technologies for Worship" by Elonda Clay
  • "Lord, How Come We Here?" by William B. McClain
  • "Spiritual Focus and Africana Worship" by Henry Mitchell
  • "Worship: The Realm of the Spirit, the Realm of the Imagination, and Real Time" by Marilyn Thornton
  • "Inclusive Language and Africana Worship" by Valerie Bridgeman Davis
  • "Testify!" by Wilma Taylor
  • "A Womanist Perspective on Spiritual Practices" by Linda Hollies

Categories: Clergy & Laity
The Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman Davis PhD, bliblical studies (Hebrew Bible - Baylor University), teaches preaching and worship at Memphis Theological Seminary. She is assistant professor of homiletics and worship, and Hebrew Bible at Memphis Theological Seminary. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Safiyah Fosua, DMin, is the Director of Preaching Ministries at General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tennessee, and a clergy member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is the author of several books and is associate editor of the 3-volume Africana Worship Book series. Dr. Fosua is a poet, a preacher and a devotional writer who writes weekly preaching and liturgical resources for the GBOD Worship.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-533-4

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: February 2008

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 160

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Rituals & Practice / Worship & Liturgy

BISAC1: REL055020



"Companion to The Africana Worship Book is everything and then some. As I read through it, I longed to have weekly responsibility to help shape the worship and teaching life of an ongoing local faith community. The companion piece pushes and prods. It joins head and heart, rigorous intellectual engagement with passionate praise, 'knowledge and vital piety.' Companion to The Africana Worship Book will resource the Christian congregation that is serious about hearing the voices of all of God's children. But more than that, it will help the church understand more fully that those voices, while historically and culturally distinct because of their authenticity, voice something for all God's people. They speak to and about God."
— Bishop Gregory Palmer President-elect of the Council of Bishops

"Companion to The Africana Worship Book gathers a rich and diverse group of conversation partners — the elders and the new generation, women and men, preachers and musicians, poets and pastors, theologians and practitioners — whose essays challenge, encourage and invite Africana congregations (and the whole church) into a deeper understanding and practice of the formative sacramental patterns of Christian worship. A valuable volume for pastors and teachers, and an important addition to seminary classes in liturgy and worship."
— Barbara Day Miller Assistant Dean of Worship and Music Candler School of Theology, Emory University