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The Good Worship Guide

Posted on 15 May 2014 Gavin Glenn

Leading Liturgy Well

Worship is the shop window of the Church and there is nothing more important for mission than getting it right. Sunday services, baptisms, weddings, funeral, Christmas and other seasonal celebrations are all opportunities for enabling congregations and occasional visitors alike to be transformed through encounter with the living God.

Yet good worship can easily be derailed by lack of confidence or poor preparation. This informative and inspiring guide draws upon the depths and riches of the Church’s long experience of worship and liturgy to discover what transformative worship might look like today.

Part one explores the changing culture in which we live, shifting patterns of church attendance and how our worship can embrace these changes.

Part Two asks how our churches can be more welcoming and better cater for all ages. It also provides a handy ‘worship audit’.

Part Three focuses on how to bring to life the texts of the main weekly services (Common Worship and BCP Holy Communion and Evensong), all-age services, baptisms, confirmation, marriages and funerals. It includes an invaluable guide to the practicalities of leading worship for clergy and lay people alike.

Part Four describes imaginative ways of maximising the opportunities offered by the seasons of the Christian year.

Part Five gives essential advice on behind-the-scenes preparation for worship, including the no-verbal elements of worship such as the use of colour, candles, oil and incense.

Part Six is an extensive glossary designed to answer every question you might ever ask about worship and liturgy.


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