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Worship for Lent and Easter

Kevin Mayhew

Product Code: 1501538

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‘There is a city with a river of life, a radiant place, a place where God resides, a city of peace, where all can live in harmony, where all, from all directions, can come and live in peace.’
‘There is a city with a river of life, a radiant place, a place where God resides, a city of peace, where all can live in harmony, where all, from all directions, can come and live in peace.’

Annie Heppenstall – a professed Franciscan tertiary drawn to expressions of Earth Spirituality and of the Feminine Divine, and the bestselling author of The Book of Uncommon Prayer – provides in Worship for Lent and Easter a truly rich and remarkable weekly liturgy, the underlying theme throughout being that of place and inclusivity.

Beginning with Ash Wednesday’s location in the wilderness of Christ’s temptation, then moving through the desert and onto village, city, family home, temple, execution site, and finally garden, Annie’s biblically rich, comprehensive and creative new liturgy includes Celtic Christian options throughout, reflective and informative introductions for worship leaders, and provision for children.

Written with a deep respect of tradition, yet also with a vivid awareness of contemporary concerns, Worship for Lent and Easter will engage all who yearn for fresh inspiration, energy and insight into this most holy of Christian seasons.
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Product Code1501538
NameWorship for Lent and Easter
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorAnnie Heppenstall
ISBN9781848678736
Short Description‘There is a city with a river of life, a radiant place, a place where God resides, a city of peace, where all can live in harmony, where all, from all directions, can come and live in peace.’
Pack Size1
Size250mm x 175mm
Count172 Pages
CoverPaperback
Date Published9 Sep 2016
Lead Time2 weeks (approx.) if out of stock
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Worship for Lent and Easter offers what it justifiably calls "a complete parish programme" Review by Canon David Winter - Retired head of Religious Broadcasting at the BBC
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Worship for Lent and Easter offers what it justifiably calls 'a complete parish programme' for the season: prayers, liturgy, reflections, services for children and all-age worship, and even 'a simple ritual of bread and wine' (or Ribena if required). The author, Annie Heppenstall, has a rare gift for shaping prayer and worship, using scripture (especially the Psalms) in a creative way and avoiding irrelevant, archaic, and repetitive language.

This is a book that will make a welcome addition to the vestry bookshelf and, no doubt, be widely used, though it is hard to imagine any church that could use all of it in the space of six weeks. One word of caution for those who cherish a slightly more traditional approach: 'About the Author' tells us that she is 'drawn to expressions of Earth Spirituality and expressions of the Feminine Divine'. Do not expect to find in these pages God as 'Father' or Jesus as 'Lord'. And start your hunt for the 'Desert Mothers'. I'm still looking.

It is to Heppenstall's credit, however, that one is seldom aware of her preferences. The impression of her work is of joyful, inclusive, God-centred worship, encompassing people of all ages, backgrounds, lifestyle, and cultural choices. I think she should be invited to join the Liturgical Commission at once. (Posted on 08/02/2017)

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Annie Heppenstall is a qualified teacher and has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies from Cambridge University. Trained in spiritual direction and counselling skills, she applies her experience and interests in writing, leading workshops and retreats and supporting others in different ways in their own spiritual journeys. 

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Section 1: Lent and Easter ‘traditional’ liturgical prayers

An Easter thanksgiving to God, Source of all light
Lent invitations to confession and ‘mercy’ confessions
Easter invitations to reconciliation
Psalm-inspired prayers
Collect-form prayers related to themed Sunday services
Gospel acclamations
Intercessions
Introduction to The Peace
Prayers at the preparation of the table
Prefaces
Extended preface to Eucharistic prayer
A simple ritual of bread and wine
Prayers after communion

Section 2: Themed services from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday

Ash Wednesday: into the wilderness
The Exodus (all-age): walking with God through the wilderness
Hagar: water in the desert
Elijah: ups and downs, desolation and consolation
‘Teshuva’ and Mothering Sunday (all-age): exile and homecoming, flowering in the wilderness
John the Baptist and the Desert Fathers and Mothers:choosing to live in the desert
Palm Sunday (all-age): into the city

Section 3: Holy Week and Easter

Monday: safe space in Bethany
Tuesday
the temple and safety of the crowd
(child-friendly/all-age option)
Wednesday: a perfumed home
Maundy Thursday: the upper room and Gethsemane
Good Friday vigil: Golgotha
Saturday vigil
Easter morning: the Garden

Section 4: Mary, Celtic saints and the natural cycle in Lent

The Annunciation to Mary and the spring equinox
Celtic saints

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