"People called upon to lead weekday worship may have little time to prepare and often lack immediately usable material. With this in mind, James Woodward and Leslie Houlden have created Services for Weekdays, an accessible collection of material designed to...
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"People called upon to lead weekday worship may have little time to prepare and often lack immediately usable material. With this in mind, James Woodward and Leslie Houlden have created Services for Weekdays, an accessible collection of material designed to help clergy and laity formulate an address. For each week, they provide: a reading, commentary on the reading, and a reflection for thought, prayer and, if desired, discussion." "Originally the result of the authors' experience of a weekly Eucharist with older people, this book is also suitable for use in non-eucharistic services and with groups of all ages. The reflections encompass a variety of styles and approaches, which may also help to enrich personal meditation."--BOOK JACKET.
This book provides resources for simple services for weekdays throughout the year. The services have been tried, tested and successfully used and are ideal for small, informal groups. Each service includes a short, straightforward reading taken from the Gospels or Epistles and a comment. The latter takes the form of a brief exposition which draws on ordinary experience and every day life. There are also suggestions for prayer, either there and then or privately after the service is over. Often, the theme that is highlighted each week lends itself to discussion among those present, perhaps prompted by appropriate questions about experience or preferences. This book, the first of its kind, is an excellent resource for services with a wide range of people, including young mothers, the elderly and carers.
The Revd Dr James Woodward is Master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, Temple Balsall, and is the Bishop's Advisor for Health and Social Care in the Diocese of Birmingham.ýýDr Stephen Pattison is currently Senior Research Fellow in Pastoral Theology, University of Wales, Cardiff.ýýJohn Patton is Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia.
LESLIE HOULDEN has taught at Oxford and King's College, London and is the author of many books, chiefly on the New Testament, the use of the Bible and the best ways for us now to see the relation between Scripture and Christian faith. He is an Anglican priest and a retired professor of the University of London.