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On the Receiving End: How People Experience What We Do in Church (Liturgy & Life)

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    Robert Cotton(Author) Kenneth W. Stevenson(Author) David Stancliffe(Foreword)

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This text is an exploration of the way the Eucharist is celebrated today, how it is experienced by those who take part, and the issues which confront it at a pastoral level - the clash between theory and practice, and the way new liturgies are being received. Each author writes from a different standpoint, one as a person who has created much of the liturgy used today, as well as from pastoral experiences, the other from experience in a more evangelical setting. The differing backgrounds of the two authors provide a wide perspective, stimulating a discussion about how each church should plan its worship, and looking towards future developments in Anglical liturgy.
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  • By Mr. D. P. Jay on 19 September 2014

    This book is a dialogue between two authors who are trying to get under the skin of the worshipper who is asking questions such as:What is actually going on in church Sunday by Sunday? And what do the people who — quite amazingly, when you stop to think about it — go to church in such huge numbers make of it? Where are the points at which what we do seems not just odd, but actually destructive of a sense of worship?We told that we can learn a good deal about how people actually worship, and what they value from what is offered them by the Church's worship today. We are invited to get to grips with the issues that so often seem the carefully guarded preserve of professional liturgical archaeologists.The trouble is that one of the authors was a liturgist and the writer of the preface, Bishop David Stancliffe, headed up the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission and, despite considerably opposition, produced a new baptismal liturgy that showed scant awareness of the concerns of families who attended it.First, why bother with the Church anyway? What about people who change from a house church to a church with formal liturgy? This book was written 14 years ago but what it says is even more relevant nowIt’s only in church that a group of people recites printed words together.I often complain that modern ‘worship songs’ are all about ‘me’ and ‘I’ and lack objectivity. However, many Victorian and Wesleyan hymns were also like this.Many have a sentimental attraction to the post-communion prayer ‘Father of all.’ Maybe because it was written by a linguist rather than a liturgist. However, I loathe it, especially when it is said by everyone, all together (After all, the narration of God’s saving acts is the job of the celebrant/presider, just as it is in the Eucharistic prayer). So I liked the criticism in this book.It’s good that they get the Pharisees right.This book was out of date when it was written and is certainly out of touch with real people in the pews now. I am not convinced, despite my being on the giving end rather than the receiving end.

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