How do we connect the Sunday experience of whole-church worship with the Monday reality of each individuals working week? How can “our Sunday worship of the God and King of the universe not only express our wonder, praise and love for him but help us live our whole Monday-to Saturday lives differently?
Sara and Sam Hargreaves, of “engage worship” set out to show us ways we might begin to do this in their book “Whole Life Worship: Empowering disciples for the frontline”, published by IVP Books.
The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity has long been trying to encourage us to engage in whole life missional discipleship, encouraging Christians to prepare for life and mission out there, on our many and varied “frontlines”, rather than basing all our focus on church-based activity…after all, most of us spend only about 10 hours of our week in church, leaving us with around 110 hours when we are awake and living life at home, at work or in our wider communities.
“Whole Life Worship” suggests ways that our Sunday worship, part of the “10”, can help us live out the “110” as missional disciples. It also makes suggestions about the way that the experiences of life on our “frontlines” can inform our prayers and worship.
The book begins by setting out foundations and frameworks for a theology of Whole Life Worship, before moving on to a number of helpful practical examples of how it might be done. Coupled with the ‘engage worship’ website this provides a really useful resource. Sam and Sara also run helpful workshops to aid churches wanting to become proactive in equipping their members to live missional lifestyles in their everyday lives.
This is not just a book to read…it is an encouragement and help to a worshipping life.
Useful resources, including free small group films and discussion materials, can be found on the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity’s website.