The Companion To The Book Of Common Worship

Overview

Published during the tenth anniversary of the Book of Common Worship (1993), The Companion to the Book of Common Worship is a practical guide, answering questions such as how do I use the Book of Common Worship to its fullest advantage? and how can the Book of Common Worship form a congregation into a community that glorifies and enjoys God?

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Overview

Published during the tenth anniversary of the Book of Common Worship (1993), The Companion to the Book of Common Worship is a practical guide, answering questions such as how do I use the Book of Common Worship to its fullest advantage? and how can the Book of Common Worship form a congregation into a community that glorifies and enjoys God?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664502324
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter C. Bower is a former Presbyterian pastor. He is currently studying Social Studies Education at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Preparation for Worship 1
The Service for the Lord's Day 2
Convictions about Worship 2
Convictions about the Service for the Lord's Day 5
Origin and Development of the Fourfold Ordo of the Service for the Lord's Day 14
Purposes of the Ordo of the Service for the Lord's Day 19
Commentary on the Service for the Lord's Day 44
Preparing and Leading the Service for the Lord's Day 72
Resources for the Liturgical Year 82
Liturgical Time 82
The Shape of the Liturgical Calendar 84
Texts Included in "Resources for the Liturgical Year" 88
The Christmas Cycle: From the Darkness of the World to the Light of Christ 91
Christmas: The Advent of the Messianic Savior 91
The Day of Epiphany: Light to All People 93
Advent: Come, Lord Jesus! Our Lord Has Come! 95
Commentary on the Christmas Cycle (Advent - Christmas - Epiphany, January 6) Services 98
Advent 98
Christmas and Epiphany 103
The Easter Cycle: From the Ashes of Death to the Fire of the Spirit 105
Easter (Pascha): Celebrating the New Order 106
Lent: The Way of the Cross to Easter (Pascha) 109
Pentecost: Set on Fire as Witnesses to the Crucified and Risen Christ 117
Commentary on the Easter Cycle (Lent - Easter - Day of Pentecost) Services 119
Ash Wednesday 119
Passion/Palm Sunday 121
Maundy Thursday 127
Good Friday 132
The Great Vigil of Easter: First Service of Easter 135
Easter Sunday through Seventh Sunday of Easter 143
Ascension of the Lord 144
Day of Pentecost 145
Ordinary Time 146
Time between Epiphany and Lent, and Time between Pentecost and Advent 146
Festivals in Ordinary Time 148
The Baptism of the Lord 148
The Transfiguration of the Lord 148
Trinity Sunday 149
All Saints' Day (November 1) 150
Christ the King (or Reign of Christ) 151
Liturgical Color 152
Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant 155
Recovering the Meaning of Baptism 155
Obstacles to Recovery 155
Reformed Emphasis 156
Preparation for Baptism 156
Commentary on the Baptism Rites 157
The Sacrament of Baptism: The Elements of the Rite 158
An Alternative Service for the Sacrament of Baptism 168
Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant: A Combined Order 170
Daily Prayer 173
The Nature of Daily Prayer 173
Hours of Prayer and the Meaning of Time 176
History of Daily Prayer 177
Components of Daily Prayer 179
The Services of Daily Prayer Service 188
Morning Prayer 189
Evening Prayer (and Service of Light) 190
Prayer at the Close of Day 191
Other Services: Midday Prayer: Vigil of the Resurrection; Prayers at Mealtime 191
Preparing and Leading Daily Prayer 192
The Psalms 202
Singing the Psalms 202
Prayers for Various Occasions 208
The Great Litany 208
Other Litanies 209
Prayers for Various Occasions 209
Prayers for the World 209
Prayers for the Natural Order 209
Prayers for the Church and Other People of Faith 210
Prayers for the National Life 210
Prayers for the Social Order 210
Prayers for the Family and Personal Life 210
Prayers for the Human Condition 210
A Variety of Uses 210
Christian Marriage 212
Pastoral Challenge and Evangelical Opportunity 212
Commentary on the Marriage Rites 221
Rite I: A Service for General Use 221
Rite II: A Service Based on the Service for the Lord's Day 229
Rite III: A Service Recognizing a Civil Marriage 230
Some Questions to Address in a Session Marriage Policy 230
Suggestions for Conducting a Wedding Rehearsal 231
The Funeral: A Service of Witness to the Resurrection 234
Bearing Witness to the Resurrection 234
Comforting the Bereaved 235
Arrangements 236
The Funeral: A Service of Witness to the Resurrection 237
The Committal Service 242
Suggestions for a Service of Witness to the Resurrection 244
Pastoral Liturgies 246
Convictions about Pastoral Liturgies 246
Pastoral Visits 249
Commentary on Pastoral Liturgies 253
Ministry with the Sick 253
Holy Communion with Those Unable to Attend Public Worship 255
A Service for Wholeness for Use with a Congregation 260
A Service for Wholeness for Use with an Individual 264
A Service of Repentance and Forgiveness for Use with a Penitent Individual 264
Prayer at the Time of Death 265
Book of Occasional Services 266
Ordination and Installation 267
Commissioning 270
Dedication 272
Marking Transitions in a Congregation 276
Marking Transitions in a Governing Body 277
Interfaith Resources 277
Additional Prayers for Various Occasions 278
App. A: Glossary of Terms 279
App. B: For Further Reading 287
App. C Study Guide for the Book of Common Worship 295
Notes 328
Acknowledgments 333
Index 335
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