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Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present

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Twenty-six liturgies, including historical introductions that provide fresh analysis into their origins, are invaluable tools for pastors and worship leaders as they seek to craft public worship services in the great tradition of the early Reformers. The structure of the liturgies, language, and rhythm continue to communicate the gospel in word and sacrament today. They pr ...more
Hardcover, 736 pages
Published April 23rd 2018 by New Growth Press
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Michael Philliber
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many American Presbyterian and Reformed believers are either out of touch with their Reformation roots, or have only snippets of information. One area where this is glaringly clear is in regard to worship, and specifically liturgy. Jonathan Gibson, assistant professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Mark Earngey, doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford, have accomplish a yoeman’s job in their new 736 page hardback “Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the past for ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a magnificent compendium of liturgies written during the period of the Protestant Reformation. Each selection contains an historical introduction helping the reader understand the specific historical contexts and exigencies that produced the given liturgy, followed by the text of the liturgy itself (in English translation where necessary). The value of this book is twofold: it serves admirably as a kind of history of the Reformation itself (replete with primary sources, no less!); beyond ...more
David Bruyn
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Reformation was above all a reformation of worship. Understanding why and how Luther, Zwingli, Bullinger, Oecolampadius, Farel, Calvin, Knox, Laski, Bucer, Coverdale and Cranmer did this is essential to understanding the Reformation. Vital source material for our own services of worship, too.
Doug Payne
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the first three essays and plan to use the rest as a guide for our worship services. The first three essays should be mandatory reading for those planning church services.
Jon Pentecost
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A rich and profitable resource.
The first three chapters are wonderful essays on worship--one providing a biblical theology of worship, the next two explaining the process and principles of the Reformers' reformation of congregational worship. Worth the price of the book.

The rest of the book feels completely different. The remainder is a collection of the liturgies (or orders of service) that different Reformers wrote and utilized. Other than Luther's 'Form of the Mass', none of these chapters pr
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The authors write in the Preface, "This book aims to recover and reaffirm the significant part that worship played in the Magisterial Reformation, both for the Reformers and for their churches" (p. xxiii).

And Sinclair Ferguson discusses in the Foreward how the Reformers, in seeking to pursue the Word of God as rightly and authoritatively declaring the Gospel, they also sought to conform right worship of God. It is their advocacy for a right understanding of the Gospel propels people into true wo
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this volume, because it showed the clear desire by the Reformers to maintain the great blessing of liturgy and sacraments handed down from the ancient church. These men recognized what needed to be stripped away from Roman Catholic mistakes and inventions to more correctly lead Christians in orderly, confessional worship.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent resource for learning the history behind the development of changes to the worship service throughout the history of the Reformation, but not the most user-friendly, as there is simply so much material here.
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May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will be returning to this book frequently. To examine the liturgical rhythms of the reformation churches is a unparalleled blessing to the modern church. The centrality of the Word is prevalent throughout throughout the entire worship service. I pray to implement these principles and practices for the rest of my ministry.
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