Insights and Ideas for Planning Worship Using Calling on God

Peter Bankson and Deborah Sokolove

8½ x 11, 20 pp | 978-1-59473-591-2

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Insights and Ideas for Planning WorshipUsing Calling on God

A guide to using Calling on God in worship communities, with:

  • A sample order of service
  • Suggestions for enhancing the visual environment for worship
  • Guidelines for creating liturgies collaboratively in your own worship community

This special prayerbook is for today¡s Christians who find comfort in the rhythm of the traditional lectionarybut long to connect with God in ways that are satisfying to the modern heart and mind. Founded on creativity, inclusivity and sharing, it encourages us to remember the divine elements of the natural world around us as we express our hopes and fears for others and ourselves. Inspiring words help us givethanks for human inventions and lament the evils of poverty, violence and oppression of all kinds while remaining mindful of God¡s promises of healing for a broken world.

Following the annual procession of the seasons with prayers that are appropriate for personal devotion as well as for use in leading worship, these new ways to call on God will feed your soul and inspire you to fi nd your own fresh language for thanksgiving, praise, intercession and petition, whether in your community or personal spiritual life.

Praise for
Calling on God: Inclusive Christian Prayers for Three Years of Sundays

“Beautiful, fresh language for Christians of all denominations....These prayers can enrich our worship,transforming our hearts and¢ultimately¢strengtheningour world.”

Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, vicar,Washington National Cathedral

“Beautifully written.... An inspiring gift to all those who gather weekly to shape and sustain themselves as God¡s faithful people.”

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary emeritus, Reformed Church in America

“In plain but powerful words, [this book] says exactly just what we all would want to say to God.”

Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

“[A] rich collection.... Bring[s] human need before Godin a poignant and compassionate way. Growing outof the life of one church, this book will bless many”

Ruth Duck, ThD, professor of worship,Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“A powerful, prayerful, extremely useful worship aid[for] progressive congregations of many denominationsand small-base communities alike.... Browsethe table of contents when you need just the rightprayer for many occasions.”

Diann L. Neu, cofounder and codirector of the Women¡s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER); coeditor, New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views