Category: Worship and Preaching


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.

Elaine Ramshaw Sponsors and Baptism: A Worship Handbook., 2002

This handbook helps sponsors take a fresh look at how they can support and nurture the newly baptized, whether child or adult.

Gail Ramshaw Treasures Old and New: Images in the Lectionary., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2002

Illuminates forty primary images from the three-year lectionary. With each of the images she considers related terms, exploring a total of nearly two hundred words and phrases in light of biblical history, typological relationships, poetic nuances, metaphoric meanings, and liturgical year connections.

Gail Ramshaw Between Sundays: Daily Bible Readings Based on the Revised Common Lectionary., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 1997

Beginning with the appointed readings for Sunday, each day of the week suggests a biblical reading selected to relate to the Sunday readings. A brief summary phrase for each reading enables the reader to see the connections between all of the week readings and the Sunday readings.

Gail Ramshaw Every Day and Sunday, Too., Minneapolis: Augsburg 1996

Young children, ages 3-7, will be drawn to the many illustrations depicting their experiences of daily life and, at the same time, they’ll learn the basic pattern and meaning of Sunday worship. Educators can explain Christian worship in a new light.

Gail Ramshaw Christian Worship: 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and Ritual., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2008

This unique textbook not only lays out the religious-studies framework of a contemporary understanding of worship, it also offers a full history of Christian worship in each historical period, including the American experience. Addresses ongoing issues in our understanding of Christian Worship (gender, authority, ethics, skepticism) and places them into an explicitly cross-religious framework with Islam, Judaism, and other religions.

Ritva H Williams The Minister’s Annual Manual 2004-2005 – Revised Common Lectionary (Selected Entries)., Inver Grove Heights, MN: Logos Publications Inc 2004

Entries for April 24, May 1, 5, 8. A set of four sermon starters for the relevant lectionary texts.


"Preaching: the Preservation of Fire" In Proceedings: North American Academy of Liturgy Annual Meeting. ed. Stephanie Perdew VanSlyke. Notre Dame, IN: North American Academy of Liturgy, Inc. 2018

Vice-Presidential Address to the North American Academy of Liturgy, January 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia, focused on applying a quote about tradition attributed to Gustav Mahler to the practice of preaching: “Tradition is not the worship of ashes but the preservation of fire.”


Gracia Grindal "Inclusive Language" In The Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching. eds. Richard Lischer and William Willimon. Westminster: John Knox Press 1993