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What does story have to do with worship?

“What does story have to do with worship?” How would you answer that question? Think of Bible story, history, personal narrative, parable and other stories.

But think also of the structure of story itself.

Regarding the structure of story as a shaping influence for an entire worship service, Tim Wright, one of the pastors at Community Church of Joy, has called it “story-driven worship.” At my home church, we sometimes call it “story-formed worship.” Norma de Waal Malefyt, of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, suggests that we think of worship style as a novel rather than a magazine.

For you, what does story have to do with worship? Share with the rest of us your comments, quotes, resources and examples.

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