The Africana Worship Book is a resource to help African American church people express their concerns and love for God through worship. This second volume offers new liturgies from the Africana culture with special attention to young adults and the praxis of worship.
The Africana Worship Book, Year B, contains the new calls to worship, liturgies, prayers, litanies, offertory prayers, doxologies, choral readings, creeds, chants and benedictions as we continue to unite Africana worship to present experiences. The compilations are based on Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary, yet are organized by worship elements for ease of use. In addition to growing from a new set of readings, this volume gives special attention to next generation liturgies written with the culture of young adult worshippers in mind, several short dramatic monologues, and sound files on the CD-ROM with demonstrations of several of the worship resources. Included with book is a bound-in CD, making it easy for congregations to reproduce the material for use in Sunday worship without needing to retype the material.
"Dr. Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Dr. Safiyah Fosua have assembled fifteen authors whose fingers are on the pulse of the African America experience, the African experience in Diaspora, and the African American Christian experience.
In perhaps what is the most refreshing worship resource that I have seen in thirty-nine years of ordained ministry, this book will serve not only ‘this present age’ (to use the words of Charles Wesley). This book will also serve unborn generations of Africans in Diaspora.
Its insights, its sensitivity, and is openness to the moving Sprit of God will bless congregants from the Call to Worship through the Benediction!
As I read through its pages there were times when I though to myself, ‘If this particular piece is included in the service of worship, then no sermon will be needed that day!’ The litanies, the calls to worship, the prayers, and the meditative thoughts provide a feast for the soul who ‘on Jesus has leaned fro repose.’” ~ Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr
Trinity United Church of Christ
All laity and clergy involved in worship planning
- Africana people, including African-Americans and persons who live in Caribbean and African nations
- Multicultural Christian ministries
- Ecumenical resource centers
- Seminaries and colleges
OTHER CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:
Dr. Eugene Blair — Detroit Annual Conference, where he serves as the Director of the Office of African American Spiritual Formation. Dr. Blair is a former Dean of The Upper Room Chapel.
Ms. Carolyn Dandridge —Communications Coordinator at the General Board of Discipleship
Rev. T. Anne Daniel — pastor of the Madison Avenue UMC in New York City, a member of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas
Rev. Joseph Daniels, Jr. — Senior Pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.
Rev. Junius Dotson — Senior Pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church, in Wichita, Kansas
Rev. Sherrie Dobbs Johnson — pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, New York
Rev. Bryan Fleet —Pastor of Mt. Zion-Warren United Methodist Church in Dickerson, Maryland
Dr. Cynthia Hopson —Assistant General Secretary of the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Mr. Theon Johnson III —is a theology student at Wesley Theological Seminary and co-chair of the Division on Ministries with Young People at the General Board of Discipleship
Dr. Kwasi Kena —Director of Evangelism Ministries at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN
Rev. Darlene Moore — pastor of the Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and serves as the co-chair of the Youth Component of the W. T. Handy Convocation
Mr. Tony Peterson — New Solutions Project Manager at the General Board of Discipleship
Rev. Vance P. Ross —Associate General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries Unit, Genera Board of Discipleship
Ms. Ciona Rouse — freelance writer for United Methodist News Service and a former staff member of the General Board of Discipleship
Rev. Kelvin Sauls —Director of Congregational Development at the General Board of Discipleship
Rev. B. Kevin Smalls — Associate Council Director for Young Adult and Campus Ministries for the Baltimore-Washington Conference
Rev. Lillian Smith — Executive Director of Congregational Transformation and the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference
Rev. Marilyn Thornton —Lead Editor for African American Resources at the United Methodist Publishing House and the Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Worship Arts at South End UMC, in Nashville, TN
Mr. Stephon Williams —college student at The Community College of Baltimore County. He is a member of Deaf Choir and Youth Group of Christ UMC of the Deaf
Mr. Brian Wilson —Director of Vocal Music at St. John’s UMC in Houston, TX and a recording artist and lyricist
Rev. Stacey Coles Wilson — Associate Pastor of Linthicum Heights UMC in Linthicum Heights, Maryland