The Next Worship


Glorifying God in a Diverse World

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What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God?

We live in a time of unprecedented intercultural exchange, where our communities welcome people from around the world. Music and media from every culture are easily accessible, and our worship is infused with a rich variety of musical and liturgical influences. But leading worship in multicultural contexts can be a crosscultural experience for everybody. How do we help our congregations navigate the journey?

Innovative worship leader Sandra Maria Van Opstal is known for crafting worship that embodies the global, multiethnic body of Christ. Likening diverse worship to a sumptuous banquet, she shows how worship leaders can set the table and welcome worshipers from every tribe and tongue. Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God’s invitation for all peoples to praise him.

When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice, heralding God’s good news for the world. Enter into the praise of our king, and let the nations rejoice!

“We have lost the language of love in our worship. Love for God, and love for our neighbor. This is a book for those who want to recover these loves by practicing reconciliation in worship.I highly recommend this book having experienced Sandra’s leadership!” —Dr. John Perkins, Co-Founder of CCDA

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“I love this book! It is theologically and biblically sound; socially and culturally relevant; and extremely current and practical.  If you’ve been looking to infuse new life into your faith community, look no further. You must read this book!” —Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies, Seattle Pacific University

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About the Author

Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Sandra Maria Van Opstal is the Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community in Chicago.  A liturgist and activist, she is passionate about mobilizing Christians for reconciliation and justice. She frequently consults, speaks, and writes on topics of racial identity and global mission. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. You can connect with Sandra on Twitter at @sandravanopstal.