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New Practical Guide to Help Deepen Your Community's Worship Experience

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 12, 2009—Resource Publications announces the publication of a new title, "Nurturing Spiritual Depth in Christian Worship: Ten Practices." How do you make liturgy a prayerful experience for your community? Do you know what distracts them from this prayerfulness and how to deliberately maintain it? Experienced pastor, Rev. Janice Springer, offers ten practices to help every worship leader enhance the worship experience within the liturgical assembly. This book will assist those who lead worship as presiders, prayer leaders, or leaders of sung prayer to understand the dynamics within the worship experience. It suggests ideas and gives examples of what to do and what not to do. The suggestions are practical and uncomplicated. They are techniques which every worship leader will acknowledge with, "I can do that!"

This book is for clergy and lay leaders of prayer in all Christian denominations. Leading the community's worship begins with the leader's spiritual depth. Develop this depth by using the tools suggested. Assess the energy in a worship service, maintain it, and strengthen it. Draw people from their heads to their hearts and give them a sense of God's presence. Learn how to let them remain in their space of deep prayer. Explore specific ideas on using creativity to enhance the worship experience.

Janice Jean Springer is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She has more than 25 years of experience in deep prayer and local church ministry. Her worship ideas have drawn strong gratitude from folks in traditional, moderate, progressive, small, large, city, rural, old, and young churches. Currently she serves as Minister of Spiritual Formation at University Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Missoula, Montana.

Ten Practices 
Janice Jean Springer 
Paper, $21.95 
160 pages, 5½" x 8½" 
ISBN 0-89390-679-4 


Advance Reviews:
"Any pastor or parish willing to evaluate how it celebrates liturgy will discover abundant guidance and wisdom in these pages. Give a copy to your pastor. Recommend it to your parish liturgy committee."
— Father Jim Hogan, Pastor Emeritus / Christ the King Parish, Missoula, Montana

"This is the best book on Christian worship I have ever read. Springer brilliantly sets forth the purpose of Christian worship, and provides ten very specific practical ways to make worship services more meaningful. I highly recommend her book to all pastors, worship leaders, and Christians in general."
— Jim Marion, Author of "Putting on the Mind of Christ"

"This is a stunningly beautiful, deeply effective book. Janice Springer challenges readers to lead worship out of deep prayer.  She addresses such vital matters as creating safe intimacy in worship, opening to God's energy, and leading worship that is inclusive of highly diverse personal needs and of the world's need for justice. I wish someone had given me this book when I started in ministry 40 years ago.  I fully expect people will still read it 40 years from now."
— Stephen Doughty, Writer, Former Executive Presbyter, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

"Janice Springer's innovative book Nurturing Spiritual Depth in Christian Worship functions at once as a deep pool of pastoral wisdom and as a pragmatic guide. Engage this book and your imagination for worship will be ignited. Prepare worship in conversation with this book and your congregation's spiritual practice will be revitalized. This is a terrific book for pastors and congregations!"
— Deborah Krause, Professor of New Testament, Academic Dean, Eden Theological Seminary

Bulk Discount Schedule:
10-24 copies 10%, 25-49 copies 20%, 50-99 copies 30%, 100-249 copies 32%, 250-499 copies 35%, 500+ copies 40%.  These discounts wil be calculated automatically on orders placed through the website.

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