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Christian liturgy, prayerbooks & hymnals

See below for a selection of the latest books from Christian liturgy, prayerbooks & hymnals category. Presented with a red border are the Christian liturgy, prayerbooks & hymnals books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Christian liturgy, prayerbooks & hymnals books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Patterns for Baptism

Patterns for Baptism

Author: Mark Earey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

This practical companion to Common Worship: Baptism and Confirmation Services will help churches to use the rites of baptism and confirmation with imagination and confidence. Following the style of New Patterns for Worship, it explores the theology and structure of the baptism services and offers a wide selection of resources and outlines to help churches uses and adapt them in different local contexts and with different worship styles. It offers support for all of the authorized Common Worship baptismal material, explaining the options available for each part of the service and including helpful guidance notes and commentary.

Songs of the Lisu Hills Practicing Christianity in Southwest China

Songs of the Lisu Hills Practicing Christianity in Southwest China

Author: Aminta Arrington, Brian Stanley Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2020

The story of how the Lisu of southwest China were evangelized one hundred years ago by the China Inland Mission is a familiar one in mission circles. The subsequent history of the Lisu church, however, is much less well known. Songs of the Lisu Hills brings this history up to date, recounting the unlikely story of how the Lisu maintained their faith through twenty-two years of government persecution and illuminating how Lisu Christians transformed the text-based religion brought by the missionaries into a faith centered around an embodied set of Christian practices. Based on ethnographic fieldwork as well as archival research, this volume documents the development of Lisu Christianity, both through larger social forces and through the stories of individual believers. It explores how the Lisu, most of whom remain subsistence farmers, have oriented their faith less around cognitive notions of belief and more around participation in a rhythm of shared Christian practices, such as line dancing, attending church and festivals, evangelizing, working in each other's fields, and singing translated Western hymns. These embodied practices demonstrate how Christianity developed in the mountainous margins of the world's largest atheist state. A much-needed expansion of the Lisu story into a complex study of the evolution of a world Christian community, this book will appeal to scholars working at the intersections of World Christianity, anthropology of religion, ethnography, Chinese Christianity, and mission studies.

The Sunday Lectionary Ritual Word, Paschal Shape

The Sunday Lectionary Ritual Word, Paschal Shape

Author: Normand Bonneau Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2020

The Sunday Lectionary examines a key aspect of the liturgical use of the Bible: how the Lectionary puts biblical flesh on the bones of the liturgical calendar and gives paschal shape to the Christian year. Although the current Lectionary has been in use since 1969, its history, purpose, and structure remains relatively unknown to the many who proclaim or hear its readings. The Sunday Lectionary contributes to a theology of proclamation by explaining the principles that underlie the Lectionary's selection of biblical passages and its patterns of reading distribution that structure the Sundays, feast days, and seasons of the liturgical year. The book is divided into two parts. The first lays the groundwork by surveying the history of the Lectionaries (chapter 1), chronicling the highlights of the Vatican II Lectionary reform (chapter 2), and examining the characteristic traits of the revised Sunday and feast day Lectionary and its ecumenical import (chapter 3). The second part analyzes the Lectionary's architecture for each of the liturgical seasons (chapters 4-9). Liturgical proclamation breathes life into the ancient inscribed words, transforming them from words into the Word, thus bringing the transforming, nourishing presence of the risen Christ into the world. The Sunday Lectionary not only helps enrich theological conversation but helps pastors, homilists, worship leaders, rectors, cantors, and students of liturgy foster a deeper appreciation of the Lectionary and, through the Lectionary, the liturgy. Normand Bonneau, OMI, ThD, is Associate Professor of New Testament at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. His special interests are the letters of Paul and the Sunday Lectionary, in which he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, and on which he has published a number of articles.

The English Missal

The English Missal

Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2020

A handsome, substantial volume, The English Missal contains opening sentences, propers, collects and readings for the celebration of the Eucharist on every Sunday and Holy Day of the Christian year and on a large number of saints' days, taken from the Book of Common Prayer and other traditional sources. This edition is not a reprint of the popular lay edition, but a reduction, to an attractively manageable size, of the Altar version. Out of print for many years, it uses the 1958 edition with its exquisitely beautiful typesetting and design - a work of religious art in itself. A classic of Anglo-Catholic spirituality and devotion, and an essential purchase for `continuing' churches everywhere, it will also find a ready home in college libraries and private collections. It is useful for daily public worship, for study, private prayer and for general reading for its wealth of collects, prayers and devotional material.

Complete Book of Funeral Planning, Readings and Music

Complete Book of Funeral Planning, Readings and Music

Author: Rachel Johnstone-Burt, Gibbs Alison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

Holy Delight Typology, Numerology, and Autobiography in Donne's Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

Holy Delight Typology, Numerology, and Autobiography in Donne's Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

Author: Kate Gartner Frost Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2019

Composed on the occasion of the poet's near-fatal bout with typhus in 1623, the Devotions contains the essential germ of John Donne's mature thought, embodied in obscurely structured verse/prose divisions. Because of its seeming digressiveness, critics have struggled to understand this most significant of Renaissance texts as a whole. Kate Gartner Frost, however, shows that the Devotions, which combines odd bits of natural history, personal life-data, quotations from scripture, and descriptions of unpleasant medical nostrums with personal religious outpourings, is a unified work belonging to the tradition of English devotional literature and spiritual autobiography from Augustine onward. Frost examines how Donne patterned his work on models and structures that allowed the blending of chronology, experience, anecdote, and insight into the fullness of extended metaphor reflecting the human condition. Donne's use of biblical typology is treated, as well as his adherence to a poetics rooted in pre-Copernican cosmology, which relies on underlying spatial structures. Finally, Frost reveals the actual numerological structures present in the Devotions and addresses the problem of discursive reading in relation to spatially organized premodern works. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Mehr Gott wagen Predigten und Reden zur Dramaturgischen Homiletik

Mehr Gott wagen Predigten und Reden zur Dramaturgischen Homiletik

Author: Martin Nicol Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2019

Einander ins Bild setzen. Darum gehe es beim Predigen, sagte 2002 Martin Nicol, Praktischer Theologe in Erlangen, und begrundete mit diesem Leitbild die Dramaturgische Homiletik. Mehr Gott wagen. Das sei die Herausforderung angesichts religioeser Indifferenz, sagt Nicol nun, nach vielen Jahren pastoraler Fortbildung im Predigen, und oeffnet seine eigene Predigtwerkstatt zur Besichtigung. Zehn Predigten werden prasentiert, kommentiert, jeweils einem aktuellen Thema der Homiletik zugeordnet und dieses Thema in der offenen Form von Reden entfaltet. Dabei gibt Nicol eine Fulle handwerklicher Anregungen fur die laufende Predigtarbeit. Zugleich zeichnet er an den Konturen kunftiger Predigt, die sich als Kunst unter Kunsten von Gustav Mahler ebenso inspirieren lasst wie von Udo Jurgens, die dem leidigen Kanzelpathos mit Humor begegnet, die mit Lust an Sprache ins Ungesagte springt, die dem Bibelwort traut, Verheissungen der Tradition in die Zukunft wirft und in alledem auf spezifische Resonanz hofft: Aufmerksamkeit bei den Menschen und Gehoer bei Gott.

Dancers and Wayfarers Creative Liturgies for Incarnational Worship

Dancers and Wayfarers Creative Liturgies for Incarnational Worship

Author: Chris Thorpe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

From cover to cover, this book is full of imaginative, read-to-use liturgies, prayers and service outlines for the Christian year from one of the most creative and poetic voices in the church today. This collection includes themed complete worship outlines for: - Pentecost: finding a language of love in a world of strangers and restoring community; - Trinity: knowing that we belong and are loved; - Ordinary Time: journeying in faith, venturing out, encountering storms, not losing heart, replenishing our resources; - Transfiguration: seeing heaven in the everyday; - Harvest: fruitfulness in unexpected places; - All Saints and All Souls: expressing our grief, joyful remembrance, finding light in the darkness.

Prayer Book and Psalms Pocket Edition

Prayer Book and Psalms Pocket Edition

Author: David Mitchell James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2019

From the publisher of the Jordanville Prayer Book and A Psalter for Prayer comes the perfect devotional companion for travel and everyday life. This truly pocket edition brings together prayers for use throughout the day with all one hundred fifty Psalms of David adapted from the classic Miles Coverdale translation. Designed with convenience and affordability in mind to encourage all Christians to pray without ceasing.

Clothed in Language

Clothed in Language

Author: Pauline Matarasso Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2019

Moments of Comfort for the Morning Daily Reminders of God's Love and Promises

Moments of Comfort for the Morning Daily Reminders of God's Love and Promises

Author: Baker Publishing Group Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2019

Let these inspiring devotions remind you of the steadfastness of God's promises for you in the uncertain, unsettled world around you. Take a few moments each day to meditate on the verses and thoughts, and to pray to the God who listens. These encouraging Scriptures and prayers are a calming way to begin or end your day. Ideal for year-round gift giving--birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, and more. This thoughtful collection will be treasured by all who are seeking assurance of God's love and care.

Encountering God's Heart for You 365 Devotions from Genesis through Revelation

Encountering God's Heart for You 365 Devotions from Genesis through Revelation

Author: Diane Stortz Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2019

God put the Bible together for you, and he wants you to understand and know him better. But sometimes you can get lost in the details and miss the big picture. The Bible is more than just a collection of wisdom, instructions, and history. It's one unified story of the incredible love of God! Encountering God's Heart for You takes you on a daily journey through the full narrative of Scripture in a year. And in the process, it will draw you nearer to God as you discover his love and compassion. It won't cover every verse, or even every chapter, in the Bible, but by the time you're through, you'll have a strong grasp of what the Bible is all about. Reading Scripture isn't just a way to collect information or check something off a to-do list. Let this book bring you into God's presence to better understand the Bible's story of love, sacrifice, and redemption as he draws you to himself.