FORT WORTH, Texas (BNM) - A Texas seminar professor wants to help families at home and small groups meeting virtually to continue experiencing worship. Acknowledging the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Crider said, “I know life looks a lot different for all of us as we navigate the uncharted waters of ‘shelter at home.’ All of us miss the vital connection of community as our churches developed worship services that are now online.”
Joe Crider is dean and professor of church music and worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He is offering resources that will help during these uncertain days at ArtisticTheologian.com/smallgroup. On the website, Crider says, “It is our prayer that the ... resources will help brothers and sisters worship Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Visit this website each week, over the next few months, as we provide resources for your church families and small groups to use during this season.”
Resources offered on the site include a PDF Leader’s Guides and PDF Service Orders, based on a particular subjects and Scripture. Audio files of hymns include piano accompaniment with lyrics in mp3 or YouTube formats. Lyrics to the suggested hymns are also in PDF files. Each resource can be accessed from or downloaded directly from the website. As of press day, the site contained resources for eight worship experiences.
The site also includes basic training in worship. Messages and suggestions are organized under headings like Worship Leadership Principles, Worship is Formational, Only Christ Can Bear Our Worship, and Scripture: The “Textbook” for Knowing God.
Matt Papa, a signer/songwriter and the author of “Look and See,” a book on worship, said, “The triune God is the only thing large enough and interesting enough to bear the weight of glory, and ultimately worship. Anything else will break your heart. Money isn’t secure enough. Entertainment isn’t impressive enough. Music isn’t interesting enough. Food isn’t satisfying enough. People aren’t reliable enough. The world isn’t good enough. Creation isn’t permanent enough. Only God, the highest and greatest good, the infinitely holy One, is finally enough.” Nothing can bear the weight of a saint’s worship other than Jesus Christ!
Website visitors can receive notification of new and seasonal content by submitting a request for a monthly email. “May you find encouragement through Jesus Christ as you worship Him,” Crider says.