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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1107 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Sixth Printing edition (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664219918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664219918
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book of liturgical texts for American Presbyterians revises and replaces The Worshipbook (1970) as well as Book of Common Worship (1906, 1932, 1946). It is a wonderful resource, providing a wide variety of options for services on the Lord's Day with word and optional sacrament (Holy Communion). It gives seasonal and special day liturgies; forms for baptism and reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant; a psalter (127 of the biblical psalms); special prayers for various occasions; and both a Sunday/festival and a daily lectionary as well as a liturgical calendar. It uses inclusive language not only for people but also for God, making this a book other Christian bodies will want to study carefully and emulate. Essential for seminary and large academic libraries but highly recommended for all libraries.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The liturgy and prayers are so useful and the variety is very nice.
S. J. Wilson
Prebyterians have among the most splendid and solemnly beautiful officially sanctioned liturgies in all of Western Christendom.
Gerald Parker
I bought this book for a Theology class I took during college, but have used it since as a guide for daily devotions.
Sarah Sharp

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Sharp on October 25, 2001
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I bought this book for a Theology class I took during college, but have used it since as a guide for daily devotions. Its prayers take on a natural rhythm throughout the year, and I feel connected to a larger tradition knowing that others use this same book to guide their own daily worship. For professional worship wonks and lay persons alike, this volume should have a prized position in any library.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Parker on February 16, 2009
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Prebyterians have among the most splendid and solemnly beautiful officially sanctioned liturgies in all of Western Christendom. It is galling how little resort to it there is in Presbyterian parishes. This prompted me to write some comments elsewhere, directed towards Roman Catholics, about this matter, which I adapt here for Amazon's entry for the Book of Common Worship on its WWW site. Here goes!

The "now you see it, now you don't" kind of worship practice of putative "liturgical Protestantism" is maddening! Taking the Reformed denomination known as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as example, one knows that few churches in Christendom have liturgy as fine, balanced, full, and lovely as what is contained in the best options for worship in these Presbyterians' current service book (giving, retired librarian that I am, a fairly full ISBD citation of it):

Book of Common Worship / prepared by the Theology and Worship Ministry Unit, for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. -- Louisville, Ky. : Westminster-John Knox Press, 1993. -- viii, 1107 p. -- ISBN: 0-664-21991-8.

So much fine thought, liturgical scholarship, and labour went into the production of this splendid liturgical book, yet so little is it in use in all of its beauty and gracefulness in Presbyterian congregations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Wells on February 13, 2010
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I am an ordained minister in the Wesleyan theological background and we do not have a resource like this. I bought this and was skeptical but after I received it and used it, it is a must have for all minister's libraries. It already has helped my daily walk with the Lord in the daily prayer. And has awesome services for many different situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Lesenger on April 28, 2011
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This book was marked as used, what I received was a new book. It had never even been opened. This book is a must have for any one that leads a Presbyterian worship service. It has been of great value and help to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on April 7, 2014
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My church likes to pull from other Protestant denomination's resources and this is usually our go-to source! I wanted my own copy and got this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Lester on February 11, 2013
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I was surprised at the condition of the Book since it was used. I was very pleased. It had been taken care of extremely well.
I would recommend the book for anyone doing church work. It is very helpful to me as I am a certified lay pastor. Thanks for offering it on your book list.
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