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Sent and Gathered: A Worship Manual for the Missional Church
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Sent and Gathered: A Worship Manual for the Missional Church


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Throughout the church, a new generation is experimenting with a convergence of worship styles. Worship has become a major venue for displaying postmodernity’s values of embodiment, mystery, and wonder in more inclusive and holistic ways. As modern worship walls break down, Christians across the theological spectrum seek their own tradition’s roots—and liturgical expressions of believers in other times and places.

Sent and Gathered examines worship in church settings around the globe, describing the growing liturgical convergence and providing practical principles for shaping liturgies that are missionally focused, creative, theologically congruent, and appropriate to local contexts. This book broadens current ecumenical worship conversations, reveals insights drawn from the church at worship in the world, and argues for a common theology of worship.

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Key Features

  • Examines worship practices in churches across the globe
  • Highlights the convergence of diverse worship traditions
  • Explores the unique worship opportunities presented by postmodernity


  • Worship and the Mission of God
    • Foundations
    • Sending Is Mission
    • There Is a River
    • Worship and the Arts
    • Worship Is Communication
    • Extraordinary Worship
  • A Worship Manual for the Missional Church
    • The Sending
    • The Gathering
    • The Word
    • The Sacraments

Praise for the Print Edition

A wonderful book that will be gratefully received by the church.

Will Willimon, bishop, North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

Clay Schmit is a beacon to churches navigating the seas of change.

—Kimberly Bracken Long, assistant professor of worship, Columbia Theological Seminary

This is an important and much-needed book for anyone concerned about worship practices today.

Melinda A. Quivik, associate professor of liturgy and homiletics, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

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About Clayton J. Schmit

Clayton J. Schmit is provost of the School of Theology at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, he is the author of Too Deep for Words: A Theology of Liturgical Expression, Performance in Preaching: Bringing the Sermon to Life, and coauthor of Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life.

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