Signs of Life

Worship for a Just and Loving People

Rick Fabian

Oct/2019, 208 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640652187

A glimpse into the ideals and insights that have shaped one of the Episcopal Church's most widely known parishes, St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco.

Rick Fabian, well known as one of the founding priests of St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco, writes his "treatise in eleven parts" on the significant signs of communal life: the welcoming table, authority (human and biblical), baptism, reconciliation, beauty, the spirit, mystery, marriage, children, and the liturgical/ lectionary cycle. This "revisionist approach to sacramental theology" offers a glimpse into the depth of thought behind the praxis that has shaped one of the Episcopal Church's most widely known parishes.

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Audience: Those interested in liturgical and prayer book revision, those who know and appreciate St. Gregory's, seminarians

RICK FABIAN, along with Donald Schell, served as one of the founding priests of St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco. Their hope was to create an intentionally experimental congregation that would press the liturgical limits of the Episcopal Church's new Book of Common Prayer. Music that Makes Community, whose mission is to help people connect and learn through singing, grew out of this liturgical work. He holds degrees from Yale and Cambridge.

In this fascinating, remarkable book, Fabian unpacks the meaning of the many signs, both ancient and new, that reveal God's relationship with God's people. These signs are for real; they are for life,and they are everywhere.
--Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion and City of God: Faith in the Streets
1. Jesus’s Sign: The Welcoming Table
2. The People’s Sign: Giving Authority to Christ
3. The Church’s Sign: Baptizing the World
4. The Sign of the Divines: Dancing the Mystery
5. The Spouse’s Sign: Love beyond Death
6. The Sign of Desire: Daughters and Sons
7. The Seer’s Sign: Rivers in the Desert
8. The Peacemaker’s Sign: Reconciliation
9. The Hearer’s Sign: The Worship Year
10. The Creator’s Sign: Beauty
11. A Fitting End
Conclusion: Grateful Memory

Appendix: Hymns of Christ Coming in Our Worship Now for the Eucharistic Procession

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  • St Gregory of Nyssa
  • liturgy
  • sacraments
  • theology

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