A book of resources for contemporary worship services. Written by men and women from various faith communities, these resources emphasize worship as part of an ever-evolving journey toward God. Among the resources included are baptism and communion liturgies, an order for confirmation, a litany for the reception of new members, and a funeral service. Worship suggestions for the various seasons of the Christian year are also provided. While employing inclusive language, the book avoids both slang and overly formal, archaic usages.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR"Vivid, compelling... An embrace of moral and spiritual contemplation." -The New York Times "A remarkable piece of writing. If read with humility and attention, Kathleen Norris's book becomes lectio divina, or holy reading." -The Boston Globe From the iconic author of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, a spiritual journey that brings joy to the meanings of love, grace and faith. Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism, to a community of celibate men whose days are centered on a rigid schedule of prayer, work, and scripture? This is the question that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as, somewhat to her own surprise, she found herself on two extended residencies at St. John's Abbey in Minnesota. Part record of her time among the Benedictines, part meditation on various aspects of monastic life, The Cloister Walk demonstrates, from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider, how immersion in the cloistered world-- its liturgy, its ritual, its sense of community-- can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives. In this stirring and lyrical work, the monastery, often considered archaic or otherworldly, becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to us, no matter what our faith may be.
The bestselling author of The Cloister Walk reflects on the sanctifying possibilities of everyday work and how God is present in worship and liturgy as well as in ordinary life. Definitely not "for women only."
Named a "Reader's Choice" for 1998 by The Boston GlobeWhen she was twenty-seven, Doris Grumbach was visited by what she recognized as the presence of God. For a woman with no religious education or faith, the event was as unexpected as it was joyful. It was also never repeated. In The Presence of Absence, Grumbach recollects her quest to recover the sense of God's presence through formal worship, private devotion, and the study of literary accounts of epiphany. Her account is a moving and inspiring journey through "spiritual radiance," faith, and love.
Millions of people have read the Conversations with God series and have wondered how to incorporate the knowledge contained in them into their own lives. If you would like to have your own conversation with God, Meditations from Conversations with God, Book 2 is the ideal place to start. This journal is a great tool for building a new tomorrow, one day--and one person--at a time.