The ELCA Division for Congregational Ministries and Augsburg Fortress Publishers are proud to continue their work on Renewing Worship, the multi-year program to develop basic Lutheran worship materials for the new century. Since 1978, the Lutheran Book of Worship has been the primary English language worship resource for many Lutherans throughout the world. In a process that includes numerous expert consultations, congregational feedback, and input from all branches of the church, Renewing Worship will provide the means to develop worship materials that reflect the diversity, vitality, and growth of the Lutheran Church today. Each year several volumes of provisional Renewing Worship material will appear, presenting to the church at large worship ideas for use and evaluation. A feedback form will be included in every volume, so input can be easily provided. Additionally, the program's website (www.renewingworship.org) will continue to provide background, overview, evaluation forms, and sample content for all available material, throughout the process. Based upon The Use of the Means of Grace, this volume will provide foundational principles in the areas of language, music, preaching, and worship space, for study and response throughout the church.
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