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Blueprints for Worship: A User's Guide for United Methodist Congregations

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If your worship consists of dry, rigid orders from the past, your church will die. If your worship, however, becomes the focus of life of every member in your congregation, your church will live. Through a worksheet format that culls information and references from the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal, 1992 United Methodist Book of Worship, and 1992 Revised Common Lectionary, you'll be able to more effectively integrate preaching, music, movement, and environment.
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Overview

If your worship consists of dry, rigid orders from the past, your church will die. If your worship, however, becomes the focus of life of every member in your congregation, your church will live. Through a worksheet format that culls information and references from the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal, 1992 United Methodist Book of Worship, and 1992 Revised Common Lectionary, you'll be able to more effectively integrate preaching, music, movement, and environment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687033126
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Langford is a United Methodist pastor from North Carolina. Andy edited The United Methodist Book of Worship and wrote Your Ministry of Planning a Christian Funeral, and ChristianWeddings: Resources to Make Your Ceremony Unique. Andy's work blends scholarly, liturgical expertise with years of pastoral and practical suggestions for ministry.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Pt. 1 Building Blocks of United Methodist Worship 11
1 Four Foundation Stones 13
2 Planning for Worship 22
3 Preparing to Preach 29
4 Planning for Congregational Singing 34
5 Helping Your Congregation Sing 38
6 Holy Communion 42
7 Baptism 53
8 Weddings 62
9 Funerals 69
Pt. 2 The Christian Year Cycle 78
10 Advent 82
11 Christmas 88
12 Season After the Epiphany 93
13 Lent 96
14 Holy Week 100
15 Easter 109
16 Season After Pentecost 113
Pt. 3 Landscaping 117
17 Special Sundays 118
18 Orders of Daily Praise and Prayer 121
19 Occasional Services 127
20 Healing Services 139
21 Services Relating to Congregations and Buildings 146
Additional Resources 149
Index to The United Methodist Book of Worship 152
The United Methodist Book of Worship Scripture Index 160
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