In the past two decades the Christian community has experienced a dynamic rebirth as churches around the world have turned their hearts and minds toward a deeper understanding of what it means to worship the Living God. The Complete Library of Christian Worship brings the theory and reality of worship together in an educational, applicational, and inspirational package. The Services of the Christian Year examines the manner in which over fifty different church groups and denominations celebrate annual occasional services. A complete overview of the Christian year is provided, including its history, development, and significance. Specific articles address such topics as the problem of the civil year in worship and how the practice of the Christian year affects congregational life. A wealth of resources are given for Advent and Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter, and Pentecost. The editors offer numerous sample services as well as applications for music and the arts.
Services of the Christian Year is unrivaled in the breadth of the resources it makes available, both for understanding the celebrations of the Christian church and for the actual worship services which surround Christmas and Easter. It is enlightening and inspiring.
—Arlo D. Duba, Professor of Worship, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Filled to the brim and running over, Services of the Christian Year offers a wealth of guidance, resources, and wisdom for the doing, leading, and understanding of worship. Busy and thoughtful pastors and others should find themselves turning to these pages again and again.
—John E. Burkhart, Cyrus H. McCormick Professor of Systematic Theology, McCormick Theological Seminary