W 170 Mission and Liturgical Worship

It is frequently suggested that liturgical worship hinders mission by making it less accessible to newcomers. There is a rush to simplify, with the result that worship is 'dumbed down' and the congregation are not properly fed.

This study argues that collective worship is not like a shop window but a supermarket. Everything should be on display, and the richness of liturgical worship can actually help the missionary task. It looks at how this can happen in particular services, and includes a checklist for accessibility and further resources to engage with the issues.
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Author: Revd Carolyn Headley

Carolyn was a physiotherapist prior to ordination. She served in two parishes in London Diocese before becoming tutor in Liturgy and Spirituality, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, for over ten years. She is now Priest-in-Charge of the parishes of Warnford and West Meon in rural Hampshire, and Co-ordinator of Education and Training for the Petersfield Deanery in Portsmouth Diocese. She has written extensively on aspects of liturgy and worship.

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Author: Mark Earey

Mark Earey has been teaching liturgy to Anglican and Methodist ministerial students (and a lot of other people too) at The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham for the last nine years. Previously he was Team Rector of Morley, West Yorkshire, and National Education Officer for Praxis

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