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Posted February 5, 2002
The twelfth and final release in the New Church¿s Teaching Series is a volume on worship by Louis Weil, Hodges Professor of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Weil has been a passionate advocate of liturgical reform throughout his distinguished 40-year career as a priest and scholar, and this book serves as an articulate statement of his major concerns: the recovery of a baptismal ecclesiology (instead of a clerical model of the church), the necessity of art and music in worship, and questions of cultural diversity in Anglicanism. Calling for music that is well crafted, liturgical action that fits its function, and pastoral appropriateness to the particular community, Weil reminds us of the Eucharist that the ¿externals used in the performance of this table ritual have varied enormously over the centuries¿ (p.115). Archbishop Cranmer¿s liturgical reforms were quite radical in his day, says Weil, and so tradition need not always be a reactionary or conservative force. The book concludes with a helpful bibliography of resources, as well as a set of questions for discussion. Asking ¿What are some of the reasons you attend church services?¿ may well change the face of the church, and thanks to Weil some will now be doing just that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.