20 October 2006
Common Worship further enriches the worship of the Church of England with the eagerly awaited publication of Times and Seasons. Concentrating on the major liturgical cycles, particularly Advent to Candlemas and Lent to Easter, this latest addition to the Common Worship family of resources helps to plan and prepare worship that embraces the richness of the Christian year.
And not only the Christian year: alongside that material, Times and Seasons provides resources for the festivals and seasons of the agricultural year, as well as material to explore themes such as creation and the environment.
Practical resources include creative service outlines, fully worked out services for all the major festivals and a wealth of seasonally appropriate liturgical material, such as that used in the new Christingle service published this year by The Children’s Society.
“This,” says National Worship Development Officer Peter Moger, “is an impressive directory of resources that will enrich the worshipping life of the Church and aid the planning of clergy, readers, musicians and intercessors.”
Such planning is further aided by the latest in the Using Common Worship series, Times and Seasons – All Saints to Candlemas. Written by David Kennedy, this guide helps clergy and worship planners to get the most out of the material in Times and Seasons. There is an introduction to the history and theology of the Christian year, background information for each season, practical tips and case studies.
Together for a Season completes the trio, with all-age material for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. A practical resource book packed with creative ideas, Together for a Season brings to life these seasonal liturgies to help adults and children worship together. Ideas include using space, props, lighting, music and symbols to provide multi-sensory and interactive worship appealing to all ages. An accompanying free CD-ROM includes handouts for group activities, images, outline service templates and illustrations.
“Worship is what we were made for,” says Canon John Sweet, who provides the introduction to Using Common Worship: Times and Seasons , “and Times and Seasons offers resources to enrich our liturgy in a deeply Biblical way.”
Times and Seasons, priced £30, Using Common Worship: Times and Seasons – All Saints to Candlemas, priced £9.99, and Together for a Season, priced £22.50, are published by Church House Publishing and are available from Christian bookshops including Church House Bookshop, 31 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BN, tel. 020-7898 1300, e-mail email@example.com, on the web at: www.chbookshop.co.uk (mail order available).