Worship is the work of the people of God. Patterns of worship shape how we pray and how we live. Despite its centrality to church life, worship is too often taken for granted as something a congregation experiences rather than collectively creates.
The Work of the People simply and clearly explains the structure of worship, the actions and words we use in liturgy, the environment in which it all happens—in other words, what we are doing and why. This book will guide congregations in worshiping in a way that encourages participants' spiritual growth, welcomes new participants into faith, and sends people out as the body of Christ to transform the world.
Respectful of local custom and the traditions and practices of the Church as a whole, The Work of the People will help worship leaders make the best use of their congregation's resources and clarify their choices about how they will worship together.
Built around a basic service—gathering, service of the Word, Eucharist, and sending—this book is both theological and practical, and encourages all worshipers' active participation in Spirit-led worship of the God of all Creation.
This is easy to forget, as, given our twenty-first century American bent toward consumerism, we are tempted to treat worship as yet another commodity, something to which we come to have our needs met. Worship does indeed nourish and sustain us. But it is also so much more. For through the liturgy we are invited to enter again — actually, to be inserted again — into the great story of God’s grace to us and all the world through Jesus Christ. In this sense, worship is “the work of the people.”