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Having become disillusioned with the shallowness, incoherence, and mancenteredness of mainstream contemporary Christian worship, a growing number of ministers and laypeople within the Protestant Church are beginning to recover the biblical roots of traditional Reformed worship. If you count yourself among this number, Leading in Worship was compiled for you.
Here is a rich profusion of liturgical material carefully selected from the various directories and prayer books published during the heyday of the Protestant Reformation and compiled into a robust liturgical directory with adaptable forms of worship appropriate for every occasion.
But this is more than just a directory of worship. Editor Terry Johnson also explains the importance and purpose of the different services, outlining the biblical foundations for the varied worship practices of the Reformers. Created for ministers, this book also edifies and encourages congregants by providing a biblical rationale for liturgical forms. Leading in Worship is a practical handbook of utmost importance to the modern reformation.
Table of Contents:
I. The Regular Services
The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
The Lord’s Day Evening Worship
The Lord's Supper
II. The Occasional Services
The Baptism of Covenant Children
The Receiving of New Members
The Ordination and Installation of Church Officers
The Ordination of a Minister of the Gospel
The Installation of a New Minister
The Solemnization of Marriage
The Memorial or Funeral Service
The Graveside Service
III. Seasonal Services
The Christmas Service of Lessons & Carols
The Easter Season Service of Lessons & Psalms
The Ascension Sunday Morning Worship
The Pentecost Sunday Morning Worship
Trinity Sunday Morning Worship
The Thanksgiving Day Worship Service
IV. Historical Orders of Service
John Calvin’s Form of Church Prayers (1542, 1545)
John Knox’s Form of Prayers (1556)
Edward VI’s Book of Common Prayer (1552)
The Westminster Assembly’s Directory for the Publique Worship of God (1644)
Richard Baxter’s The Savoy Liturgy (1661)
Appendix 1: Weekly Collects
Appendix 2: Creeds
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