Worship Ready

book-worship-ready-2Title: Worship Ready
Author:  Rev. Valerie Peyton Kingsbury with Christopher Bowman
© 2016 Valerie Peyton Kingsbury and Christoper Bowman. All rights reserved.  Reproduction of this product is strictly prohibited.

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The book, Worship Ready, is a collection of 53 worship services along with additional liturgical resources. Perfect for any worship leader.

Worship is central to the life and work of the community of faith. As we gather each week it is a time of challenge, growth, spiritual renewal, comfort and peace. From this space we are then empowered to move out into the world and continue the ministry and mission of Christ.

Every community must create a worship experience that speaks to their context and culture. For us that has meant a combination of tradition and alternative. The order of service follows a familiar pattern each week which provides a sense of comfort for people enabling them to enter into a place of learning and growing. Within that structure we have created opportunities to experiment and move as the spirit calls us to move.

We detoured from strict adherence to the lectionary and began to explore a number of different themes, returning to the lectionary during the high feasts and festivals. During that time several people suggested that we should send some of our services into publications such as “Gathering”. Chris and I have submitted some of the music that we have created but never got around to the actual services. In 2016 we decided it was time to pull our services together in one resource and thus “Worship Ready” was born.

About The Authors

Valerie Peyton Kingsbury

Rev. Valerie Peyton Kingsbury ( B.A, M.Div) BA Memorial University of Newfoundland, MDiv Atlantic School of Theology.

Valerie grew up in a home where the love of music, particularly church music, was encouraged and nurtured. Many hours were spent around the family organ singing the great hymns of the faith. By the age of 10 her mother had begun to teach her how to play the organ. She went on to learn piano and later the guitar which has become her instrument of choice. While in school she also took theory and voice and throughout the years has sung in a variety of choirs.

As Minister of worship and liturgy Valerie came to understand the importance of music as a way to express faith and proclaim the gospel. In 2011 she entered ministry with First United Church in Truro, Nova Scotia, and formed a partnership with Christopher (Chris) Bowman. Together they have combined their energy and talent to create liturgical resources and hymns that reflect an evolving Christianity. In May of 2015 they published their first song book “Singing Faith Today” and in June established Tidal Bore Music. Their second song book “Beyond The Darkness” and the CD of the same was published in April of 2016.  The complete collection is available on their website, www.tidalboremusic.ca.

Valerie’s passion for the written word has also given birth to her book “Creating Spaces for Healing and Hope” and her weekly Blog , “A Journey of Faith”.  The latest book, Worship Ready, is a liturgical resource for worship leaders published in September 2016.

Christopher Bowman

M. Mus Memorial University, B. Mus Mount Allison University

Christopher (Chris) enjoys making music in many forms – as a conductor, solo and choral singer, educator, and composer.  He is full-time Minister of Music at First United Church in Truro, Nova Scotia, and Artistic Director of the Cantabile Society of Truro, where he conducts the Cantabile Singers and co-conducts the Cantabile Boys’ Choir.  He also sings with the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir and takes great delight in the fact that choral music has given him the opportunity to sing in every Canadian province.  Chris is active as a baritone soloist; his debut CD “Over Hill and Valley” with pianist David Chafe won Music NS and Music NL awards, and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award.

Chris loves working with choral singers of all ages and stages and has conducted community, church, school, and university choirs in Atlantic Canada and Ontario.  He is sought after as a clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer, and has taught in various university music departments in Atlantic Canada as a sessional instructor.  As time permits, he is a composer/arranger of choral music, and in recent years has become interested in hymn writing; along with Valerie Peyton Kingsbury they have formed Tidal Bore Music to further this venture – their music can be found at www.tidalboremusic.ca.

Chris and his wife Laura are incredibly proud parents of Erica and Meredith, and live in Valley, Nova Scotia.


Rev. Valerie Peyton Kingsbury
First United Church
PO Box 185, 711 Prince Street
Truro,  Nova Scotia    B2N 5C1

Phone: (902) 895-8098

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