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In Spirit and in Truth

Melva Wilson Costen

In Spirit and in Truth

Melva Wilson Costen

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Melva Costen explores the various genres of music used in African American worship. Moving beyond a traditional sociopolitical analysis, Costen examines music for worship in African American congregations through biblical, historical, theological, and liturgical lenses. Tracing the development of music in African American worship back to its roots in Africa, she surveys its emergence and its use in camp meeting songs, black-metered hymns, anthemized spirituals, Pentecostal music traditions, and contemporary gospel music. Costen concludes by offering models and suggestions for helping chose who plan worship to listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit and to continue listening during worship to discern how the Holy Spirit may be leading us. This important, groundbreaking work ultimately challenges music and worship leaders to reclaim and affirm traditional African American spirituality and its presence in African American music experienced in worship.

- Publisher Exploring the various genres of music used in African American worship through biblical, historical, theological, and liturgical lenses, Melva Costen surveys the emergence and use of camp meeting songs, black-metered hymns, anthemized spirituals, Pentecostal music traditions, and contemporary gospel music. She concludes by offering helpful models and suggestions for those who plan worship.

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About "In Spirit and in Truth"

Melva Costen explores the various genres of music used in African American worship. Moving beyond a traditional sociopolitical analysis, Costen examines music for worship in African American congregations through biblical, historical, theological, and liturgical lenses. Tracing the development of music in African American worship back to its roots in Africa, she surveys its emergence and its use in camp meeting songs, black-metered hymns, anthemized spirituals, Pentecostal music traditions, and contemporary gospel music. Costen concludes by offering models and suggestions for helping chose who plan worship to listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit and to continue listening during worship to discern how the Holy Spirit may be leading us. This important, groundbreaking work ultimately challenges music and worship leaders to reclaim and affirm traditional African American spirituality and its presence in African American music experienced in worship.
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Exploring the various genres of music used in African American worship through biblical, historical, theological, and liturgical lenses, Melva Costen surveys the emergence and use of camp meeting songs, black-metered hymns, anthemized spirituals, Pentecostal music traditions, and contemporary gospel music. She concludes by offering helpful models and suggestions for those who plan worship.
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Meet the Author

Melva Wilson Costen

Melva Wilson Costen is Helmar Emil Nielsen Professor Emeritus of Worship and Music at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where she taught for thirty-two years. She chaired the committee that developed "The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms and Spiritual Songs" and served on the Advisory Committee for the "African American Heritage Hymnal". She is the author of several books.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 219674
  • Product Code 066422864X
  • EAN 9780664228644
  • Pages 256
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Ministry Resources
  • Sub-Category Drama/worship
  • Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication Date Nov 2004
  • Dimensions 229 x 161 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.348kg

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