The Special Service Worship Architect: Blueprints for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, Holy Communion, and Other Occasions

The Special Service Worship Architect: Blueprints for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, Holy Communion, and Other Occasions

by Constance M. Cherry


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This book takes the principles found in Constance Cherry's successful The Worship Architect—in which she provided dynamic blueprints for designing worship services—and applies them to special services in the life of the church. Cherry, a worship professor and practitioner, offers theological reflection, practical guidance, and suggested resources to help worship leaders and ministry students in training to create meaningful special services related to the sacraments, life passages, and other occasions.

Cherry sets forth a process concerning worship design for special services and demonstrates how this process is conducive to virtually any style of worship practiced today in a myriad of Christian communities. She includes a model order for each service type, including weddings, funerals, baptisms, child dedications, Holy Communion, and more. The book not only explains what leaders do in order to preside at special services and how to do it, but also why they make certain choices. Each chapter includes discussion questions, practical exercises, and a basic glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801048951
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 230,854
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Constance M. Cherry (DMin, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of worship and Christian ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, and is on the faculty of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, where she has taught since its inception. She is the author of The Worship Architect, speaks and teaches internationally, and is a regular adjunct professor at several seminaries. Cherry has also served local churches as a minister of music/worship and as a United Methodist pastor.

Table of Contents

1. Foundations for Sacred Actions
2. The Christian Wedding
3. The Christian Funeral
4. Christian Baptism
5. The Table of the Lord
6. The Healing Service
7. The Foot Washing Service and the Love Feast
8. Child Dedication and Alternative Rites
9. Serving as a Rituals Architect: How to Create Meaningful Rituals for Corporate Worship
Appendix A: Prayer Forms
Appendix B: Orders of Services

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