Worship must be directly connected to our daily lives," writes George A. Nye. "It must address our fears, our hopes, even our indifferences."
"Old Wine In New Skins" provides pastors many resources to make the connection. These include 66 calls to worship, 13 preparations for pastoral prayers, and 52 reflections.
Calls to worship categories include:
- With praise and celebration
- Using traditional hymns and praise hymns
- Relating to a story
- With a commitment theme
- Involving personal preparation
- By season
A preparation for pastoral prayer section helps pastors broaden a congregation's understanding of how to approach God in prayer. Thirteen "preparations" are provided, including one for Advent-Christmas.
Fifty-two short reflections cover eight major themes for countless pastoral uses. These are easily adopted for mini-devotions, sermon illustrations, and newsletter meditations.
George A. Nye, Medford, Oregon, is senior pastor of the Eastwood Baptist Church. He graduated from Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, and holds a master's of divinity degree from American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California. He has pastored churches in Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Oregon.