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Books: Prayers in Times of Crisis & Prayers During the Night

Liturgy Training Publications, Archdiocese of Chicago, Ill., 2003. 57 pp. $4.00.

Resource: Playing Together as a Worship Band

Maranatha! Praise Band with Angela Dean and Bobby Brock. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003. $27.99.

Like many resources for churches doing “contemporary worship,” this collection (a book plus a VHS video or a DVD) focuses primarily on the technical aspects of leading a congregation with guitars, drums, mics, monitor speakers, and so on.

CDs: Hearts on Pilgrimage: A Daily Devotional Experience Filled with Music, Prayer, and Scripture

Sara Singleton. Carol Stream, Ill.: Oasis Audio, 2002. 14-page booklet and 4 CDs. $29.99.

Producer Sara Singleton has assembled an “audio sanctuary” that clearly reverences the Scriptures, warmly embraces the prayers and spiritual disciplines of past generations of believers, and, through vocal and instrumental selections, encourages the listener to savor the truth of the gospel and sweetness of close communion with the Savior.

Book: O Come, Let Us Bow Down and Worship: A Spiritual Guide for Leadership

Deborah Moore Clark. Macon: Smyth & Helwys, 2003. 252 pp. $18.00. ISBN 1-57312-364-1.

Author Deborah Moore Clark has written a focused and thorough book on the theology and practice of Christian worship. The book lends itself to group study by a worship committee or church staff in that each chapter ends with probing questions that get to the heart of worship priorities.

Book: Wonderful Worship in Smaller Churches

David R. Ray. Pilgrim Press, 2000. 192 pp. $20.00. ISBN 0829814000.