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.


  • Rituals
  • formation
  • community
  • parish life
  • Little Books
  • liturgy

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