For the Life of the World

The Essentials of Episcopal Worship

Samuel Torvend

Sep/2021, 80 Pages, Paperback, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9781640654181



How do the core actions of worship nurture life with God?

The ecumenical movement of the 20th century revealed a common pattern of worship among Christian communions, a pattern that bears the imprint of distinctive denominational emphases. In this exploration of that pattern, Samuel Torvend invites readers to delve into this flexible tradition that centers a parish in the life of God given for the life of the world.

The basics of Episcopal and Anglican worship in North America are explored in this Little Books series, which invites parishioners and newcomers to consider both the beauty of worship and Episcopal ethical commitments.

SAMUEL TORVEND is senior historian in Religion at Pacific Lutheran University and associate priest for adult formation at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma, Washington. He is the chair emeritus of the Commission on Liturgy and the Arts in the Diocese of Olympia and a much-published author on liturgy and social justice. He lives in Lakewood, WA.

“Samuel Torvend asked a question that I’ve been mulling over since I heard it in 2009: ‘How do we live in the world the things that we rehearse in worship?’ Little Books on Liturgy is a scripturally and theologically grounded series that guides the reader to engage and answer the question through the lens of the Anglican liturgical and lectionary traditions.”—The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

“The Little Books on Liturgy series is a gift to the church that will inspire parish conversations, liturgy planners, and individual study. These are great resources that deserve wide circulation and broad engagement.”—The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, author, Celebrating Liturgical Time

“Samuel Torvend offers a primer on the essentials of worship that takes the reader more deeply into the liturgical and theological purpose of the Sunday gathering. This book is an accessible introduction for those who want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of worship in the Episcopal Church.”—The Rev. Dr. Paul Fromberg, author, The Art of Disruption

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