Liturgy on the Edge

Pastoral and Attractional Worship

Samuel Wells

Jan/2019, 176 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640651562



  • Inspiration and resources for urban parishes from the staff and laypeople of London’s celebrated St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Includes practical how-tos
  • Covers outreach, liturgy, inclusivity, and more

Using the unique circumstances and opportunities available to historic St. Martin-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square in London, renowned vicar Sam Wells and members of the church staff offer insights about the intersections between liturgy and outreach.

Exploring questions of both formal and informal engagement with liturgy, prayer book revision, and practical how-tos for acute congregational needs, urban parishes around the world will find inspiration and resources within these pages. Written by the staff and dedicated lay members of the St. Martin’s community, the book is an invitation to us all to be more inclusive and compassionate when planning worship and other services.

Topics of interest include pastoral care for those affected by crime and homelessness, great sacred music, laying-on-of-hands, podcasting/webcasting, and holiday observances that extend love and service to all neighbors across denominations and walks of life.

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Audience: Those interested in liturgical life, particularly in urban parishes; readers of Dr. Wells’ other books

Samuel Wells is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and the author of many acclaimed books including How Then Shall We Live and What Episcopalians Believe. Prior to returning to the United Kingdom, Wells served as dean of the chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke University.

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  • Urban ministry
  • inclusivity
  • pastoral care
  • community organizing
  • liturgy
  • Christianity
  • worship
  • faith
  • spirituality

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