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Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission
Gathering as God's People, Going Out in God's Name
Ruth A. Meyers
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POD; Published: 12/12/2014
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6800-8
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256 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Series: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies (CICW)

A rich, fresh take on the meaning and practice of Christian worship

Too many Christians still think that worship is only a Sunday-morning activity done inside the church, while mission involves how the church engages the outside world. But Ruth Meyers argues that a dynamic relationship exists between worship and mission — that gathering as God's people includes at its heart our being sent out into the world in God's name.

Meyers explores this relationship by taking readers through the various parts of the worship service: gathering, proclaiming the Word, praying for the world, celebrating the Eucharist, and going forth to continue participating in God's mission in the world. In each chapter Meyers includes stories of worship practices in different churches and considers how the actions of worship relate integrally to mission.

Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission emphasizes that missional worship is not a set of techniques but rather an approach to worship and congregational life in which God's mission permeates every aspect of what the church does.

Read an interview with the author of this book on Eerdword.
"A robust and practical theology that integrates worship and mission into a seamless whole."
Anglican & Episcopal History
"A very useful and insightful text. . . . A remarkable synthesis of most of the best insights liturgical scholars and missiologists have gained regarding the relationship between mission and liturgy over the last decades."
Anglican Theological Review
"Engagingly combines solid scholarship with insightful testimony from worship experienced in various communities of Christian Faith. . . . Profoundly moving."
George R. Hunsberger
— Western Theological Seminary
"Ruth Meyers brings a deep grasp of what's at stake in the rediscovery of mission as the essence of the church, together with a generous mastery of liturgical traditions, to provide vision for seeing these two dimensions of the church's life as one. . . . This is the handbook that should accompany every Christian community on its worshiping, witnessing journey."
Stephen B. Bevans, SVD
— Catholic Theological Union
"A wonderful, faith-filled meditation on the missional heart of worship. . . . A new classic in liturgical studies and in missiology as well."
Todd E. Johnson
— Brehm Center, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Ruth Meyers's approach to the issues surrounding worship and mission is spot-on. Instead of approaching worship from a missional slant, or mission from a liturgical perspective, she takes both topics back to their biblical and historical roots — the nature of the church. . . . In practical and insightful ways Meyers demonstrates how a church's ministry in the world and its regular offering of worship reinforce one another. Her careful, direct, evenhanded approach is a breath of fresh air to much of the current theological discourse."
Taylor W. Burton-Edwards
— Worship Resources, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church
"Seminarians, pastors, deacons, and worship leaders seeking to understand, articulate, or imagine how the basic and most enduring structures of Christian worship `engage worshipers in the mission of God' will discover in these pages both Meyers's wise and challenging counsel and many wonderful companions for the journey."
International Bulletin of Missionary Research
"A helpful and timely new resource. . . . In Missional Worship Meyers does excellent work developing the notion that mission and worship are inseparably and integrally related."
Anglican and Episcopal History
"A very useful and insightful text, particularly for those just beginning to explore the field of liturgical studies. The book is a remarkable synthesis of most of the best insights liturgical scholars and missiologists have gained regarding the relationship between mission and liturgy over the last decades."
Church Times
"[Myers] deserves to be read, because we need to hear this message in all parts of the Church of England today."