Many people are unused to silence, and need encouragement and help in settling to stillness and using it profitably. This book provides a resource for parishes and ecumenical groups who want to have shared worship involving stillness, silence, music and reflection. The 40 forms of worship nurture a deeper sense of wonder and adoration through enjoying the company of the Lord and reflecting on many different facets of the nature of God.
Most of the services focus on individual qualities in the God we worship, such as wisdom, compassion or refreshment; and there are also themed services for morning and evening, and for particular occasions, such as conferences and parish meetings, reconciliation and rededication. All the forms of worship provide times of extended silence, Scripture reading, hymns and spoken exchanges between leaders and participants.
The emphasis is on corporate worship, the body of Christ’s people together, and creating an atmosphere that is conducive to wholehearted worship and receptivity to God. To him be the glory.
Originally published as To Worship in Stillness and Be Still.