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.

Planning Worship

Taylor Burton-Edwards • December 2013

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Revised and updated, this popular book shows pastors and worship leaders the basics of United Methodist worship.

In this straightforward and updated commentary, Hoyt Hickman explains the basic pattern of United Methodist worship within the broader context of Christian worship. Drawing upon five basic principles, the author explains the formative nature of worship and how it can revitalize persons' lives. These principles are: God's Word is primary; active congregational participation is crucial; spontaneity and order are both important; worship should be relevant and inclusive; and worship is communion. This revision will highlight the African-American contribution to UM worship, discuss at greater length what the various worship styles mean for us today, say more about the formative nature of worship, and include updated resources including the Abingdon Worship Annual, the Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Worship Connection.

  • Explains basic resources for planning and leading worship.
  • Gives the basic pattern of UM worship and its origins.
  • Gives practical suggestions how to renew and revitalize worship.
  • Helps pastors be effective leaders in planning and revitalizing worship.
  • Helps pastors understand and communicate the uniqueness of UM worship.
  • Helps pastors lead their congregation into a deeper and richer experience of God through worship.

This is the Leader's Guide. The Participant's Book, The Worship Workshop, by Marcia McFee, can be found here.

Categories: Clergy & Laity
Taylor Burton-Edwards is director of Worship Resources at the General Board of Discipleship.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-682-9

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-88177-683-6

EPub ISBN: 978-0-88177-684-3

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: December 2013

Trim Size: in (w) x in (h) x 0.166 in (d)

Page Count: 80

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / General

BISAC1: REL109000