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4.0 out of 5 stars The worship of God for the people of God, 5 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Creating Uncommon Worship (Paperback)
I loved this book. It brings worship into the gathering of the people, that the people gathered together actively DO the worship rather than the many sitting in pews almost as an audience while the priest, possibly with the assistance of choir and servers, does the act of worship.

There is a theological distinction which affects the way we do worship: does a particular congregation believe firmly in priesthood belonging only to those ordained as priests by a bishop, or is it a quality of all believers? Within the Anglican church, the former is always possible since it is an Episcopalian church but there is certainly a warm acceptance of the concept of the ministry of all believers. Giles, however, takes this point a step further, and shows how to create (Anglican) services which demonstrate the 'priesthood of the gathered assembly' of believers. This makes the priest a liturgical leader, certainly, but as first among equals in a flattened hierarchy rather than as one who stands well above the congregation.

For those who are interested in revitalising the church, whether they call what they are doing 'Fresh Expressions' or not - this book makes fascinating reading. I just wish all our congregation would read it too!

Elspeth Parris
Lay Reader of the Church in Wales
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not really a guide more of an inspiration, 19 Nov. 2007
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This book can be used as a guide if you want to do the same things that the author did. However if you just want to be inspired to think about how your worship "functions" then this is where the books is really great, because it makes you think by explaining the thoughts behind the ideas. You may decide you like things just the way they are in your church but you will have examined why you think that by the time you have finished this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 22 Mar. 2008
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I am really pleased that I have purchased this book, full of interesting ideas to liven up the Church! But it is not a guide book,which is soert of what I had expected but Creating Uncommon Worship by Richard Giles gives the reader the tools to think for themselves.
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