What’s up with Worship? – Gary McBride

Paperback, 60pp. Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly Street West, Port Colborne, Ontario, L3K 6A6, Canada. ISBN 978-1-927521-35-9.

In relatively few pages the author has picked up on a much neglected subject and focused our minds on a matter of paramount importance. As the author stresses in his conclusion, ‘What is being lost is a sense of worship as the believer’s highest priority’.

In six fairly short chapters the book covers: ‘The Lord’s Supper and Worship’; ‘The Principles of Worship’; ‘The Lord’s Table and Worship’; ‘The Practice of Worship’; ‘The Priority of Worship’; and ‘The Production of Worship’. What is particularly helpful in the author’s handling of his subject is his ability to deal with what has scriptural warrant and guidance, and what has not. Too often discussion about worship has centred around form and structure yet, as McBride states, ‘There may be the singing of hymns, reading of the Word, and praying, but all with no concept of what worship entails’.

Gary McBride provides much food for thought. His handling of the essential difference between the Lord’s Table and the Lord’s Supper is fundamental to his treatise, and of particular value. As he writes, ‘Those who love much will want to spend time at the Lord’s Table learning from their blessed Saviour. Worship will flow from this time spent with Him’. This is a book that should stimulate heart-searching as to what we bring to God.


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