Category: Worship and Preaching

BOOKS

Barbara Lundblad Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense., Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press 2007

Based on the Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School this book explores how biblical texts mark our times in history and how our times mark the texts. Three texts are explored in depth: the Shunnamite woman in II Kings 4, the rich man who comes to Jesus in Mark, and the Ethiopian eunuch baptized on a desert road in Acts 8.

Barbara Lundblad Traveling on Holy Ground: Pocket Devotions for Lent, Year C., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2004

This Lenten devotional includes reflections for each day from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday for Year C of the lectionary. Traveling on Holy Ground includes a Bible citation, a brief Bible reading, a meditation, and a short prayer. It is intended for individual use and geared toward adults.

Barbara Lundblad Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change., Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press 2001

Matthew‘s resurrection story pictures an angel rolling away the stone and sitting down on it, transforming the stone of death into a resurrection pulpit. The image of stones moves through the book with a focus on how to help preachers tend to and move through resistance from listeners.

Melina Quivik Serving the Word: Preaching in Worship., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2009

This book invites the reader to see how God’s word can become the crux not only of the sermon but of the worship service as a whole. The preached word, then, and the liturgical event within which preaching is located become integral to each other. This book invites the reader to explore how-through God’s word-preaching informs and is, in turn, supported by the worship event as a whole.

Melina Quivik The Christian Funeral., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2005

In recent years, pressure has come upon North American society to jettison the Christian funeral and opt instead for the services of a funeral business. Quivik helps the reader explore the deeper meaning of the Christian funeral so that the resources of private businesses in the burial event can be put to their proper use.

Gail Ramshaw, Mons Tieg Using Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Keeping Time, The Church’s Years., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2009

Explores why Christians have different ways of looking at time, at how the life of the church is ordered and organized by days, weeks, seasons, and years. It provides detailed information about Sundays, festivals, seasons and commemorations as well as daily prayer.

Gail Ramshaw 40 Days and 40 Nights: Devotional for Lent., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2006

Enjoy enriching reflections on ashes, treasure, mountain, outsider, clothing, battle, water, and many more. Each day’s devotion includes a biblical citation, meditation, prayer, Bible reading, and hymn text.

Gail Ramshaw The Three Day Feast: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2004

Recent decades have witnessed the revival of the ancient liturgies of the Three Days — Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. In this book Ramshaw gives both history and many suggestions about how these services can enrich the worship life of your entire assembly.

Gail Ramshaw A Three Year Banquet: The Lectionary for the Assembly., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2004

Invites the entire worshipping assembly, lay and clergy, to understand and delight in the three-year lectionary. The study guide explains how the Revised Common Lectionary was developed and how the gospels, the first readings and the epistles are assigned. Further chapters describe many ways that the three readings affect the assembly’s worship and the assembly itself.

Gail Ramshaw Sing the Faith: Hymns to the Creator., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2003

In this five-session Bible study, the focus is on God as creator of the world and considers nature as a pattern of our lives, expressed in five traditional hymns, and their connection to the faith life of all believers.