The Art of Public Prayer: Not for Clergy Only / Edition 2

The Art of Public Prayer: Not for Clergy Only / Edition 2

by Lawrence A. Hoffman
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Turner Publishing Company
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The Art of Public Prayer: Not for Clergy Only / Edition 2

A resource for worshipers today looking to change hardened worship patterns that stand in the way of everyday spirituality.

All too often, those who attend church or synagogue find themselves bored or baffled by the service. Their predominant thought is how slowly the time ticks by—and that the service never seems to end.

Written for laypeople and clergy of any denomination, The Art of Public Prayer examines how and why religious ritual works—and why it often doesn't work.

The Art of Public Prayer uses psychology, social science, theology and common sense to explain the key roles played by ritual, symbolism, liturgy and song in services. Each chapter features "conversation points" designed to get you and your faith community thinking and talking about your own worship patterns—where they succeed, and where they need improvement.

The Art of Public Prayer can help you and your fellow congregants revitalize your worship service by allowing you to organize and direct your own worship, making it a meaningful and fulfilling part of your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781893361065
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/01/1999
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,077,814
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Is Ecstasy Enough?

1 ■ Structuring Time
2 ■ Lost Symbols
3 ■ Worship Systems
4 ■ Mistaking the Code, Mixing Messages, and Managing Change
5 ■ The Presence of God at Worship
6 ■ The Script of Prayer: Words Spoken
7 ■ The Script of Prayer: Words Sung
8 ■ Sacred Space: The Message of Design
9 ■ Fixing the System to Make Worship Work

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