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Voices from Our Past Enlivening Our Worship
ISBN: 9780814645581, 4558
Details: 200 pgs , 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 08/08/2018
How might Ambrose of Milan, Hildegard of Bingen, and Catherine of Siena inspire us to improve Sunday worship? What about Lawrence, John of Damascus, Thomas Cranmer, Johannes Kepler, Margaret Fell, and Dorothy Day? Even Amy Carmichael can point our assemblies toward more profound worship. In Saints on Sunday, Lutheran laywoman Gail Ramshaw, listening to twenty-four sainted voices, proposes how our past might enliven our future. Characterized by rigorous scholarship and no-nonsense honesty, her essays suggest ways to enrich the gathering, word, meal, and sending of our assemblies on Sunday.
Gail Ramshaw studies and crafts liturgical language from her home outside of Washington, DC. A Lutheran laywoman, a past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and recipient of its Berakah award, and professor emerita of religion at La Salle University, she has published extensively about biblical metaphors, the Revised Common Lectionary, and parish liturgical practice.
"In her wise and sparkling treatment, these twenty-four saints ask us to examine our ways of worship to consider adopting faithfully the practices of other communions, accommodating both introverts and extroverts, noticing the poverty of liturgical rigidity, and much more.
"If not for the vast historical and theological information Ramshaw offers, this book would be valuable just for her questions: Can yards of red cloth speak Holy Spirit? Are individual chairs for worship best for families? Is `ordinary' the best word for the green season?
"This book makes me want to know my Christian ancestors."