Gary Furr

Furr and Price on Music in Worship

Today's Worship Quote is another from The Dialogue of Worship: Creating Space for Revelation and Response. The authors develop the metaphor of "dialogue" as they explore the dynamics of biblical worship in the Christian church. This week, a note about the contribution music makes (or doesn't make) to the dialogue of worship.

MUSIC IN WORSHIP
"The primary functions of music in worship are to facilitate the dialogue and to contribute to that dialogue. Though aesthetic delight, personal enjoyment, and opportunity for a performer to share a talent may be by-products of the use of music in worship, none of these should be a primary purpose.  Unless music can make a meaningful contribution to the dialogue of worship, it should be omitted.  It would be better for music to be absent than for it to be an interruption or distraction."

- Gary A. Furr and Milburn Price, The Dialogue of Worship: Creating Space for Revelation and Response (Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 1998).


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

I highly recommend this book to pastors, church musicians and anyone who plans, leads, or participates in worship in a local church.

Have a great week!


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Furr and Price on the Dialogue of Worship

Today's Worship Quote is from a book by Gary Furr and Milburn Price. The authors, a pastor and a minister of music in a local church, present the metaphor of "dialogue" to describe the multifaceted nature of Christian worship.

THE DIALOGUE OF WORSHIP
The tapestry of worship is formed by the various threads of conversation that occur in interweaving fashion: God's Word being communicated to the gathered community (both individually and corporately), worshipers responding to God under the prompting of God's Spirit, and those same worshipers sharing with each other their understandings of their faith commitments and of the ways in which God is at work in their lives."

- Gary A. Furr and Milburn Price, The Dialogue of Worship: Creating Space for Revelation and Response (Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 1998).


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

This is a delightful and insightful ninety-page book about the theology and practice of Christian worship. I recommend it highly.

Have a great week!


To learn more about Chip Stam and his Worship Quote of the Week, click below.