The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013 offers fresh worship planning resources for all who plan and implement weekly worship. Worship leaders share a common challenge: to provide quality, integrated, creative worship week after week for congregations hungry for meaningful and fulfilling connections with God. We are honored to offer this resource as part of your journey to help your congregations grow in faith. Many of our readers also find it helpful as a weekly devotional guide or a prayer resource as they gather for lectionary study groups. (From the Introduction)
Using a Theme Idea based on the lectionary readings, each weeks offering of prayers and litanies follows a basic pattern of Christian worship:
Invitation and Gathering
Proclamation and Response
Thanksgiving and Communion
Alternative ideas for Praise Sentences and Contemporary Gathering Words are offered for those who work in contemporary worship settings.
Searchable Online Extras! Available exclusively to Abingdon Worship Annual users and accessible purchase of this eBook.
Along with the entire print text in PDF format for ease of navigation and use, the AWA 2013 offers these great extras:
Song suggestions for each week, hyperlinked to the text
Annotated Resource List with links to helpful worship planning Web sites
(NEW!) Prayers and Liturgies for Baptisms
Now more than ever, The Abingdon Worship Annual is a must-have sourcebook offering countless opportunities for planning meaningful and insightful worship.
Mary J. Scifres serves as a consultant in leadership, worship, and evangelism from her home in Laguna Beach, California, where she and her husband, B. J., reside with their son Michael. Her books include The Abingdon Worship Annual, The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner and its ecumenical counterpart Prepare!, and the worship evangelism book Searching for Seekers.
B. J. Beu is senior pastor of Neighborhood Congregational Church in Laguna Beach, California. A graduate of Boston University and Pacific Lutheran University, Beu loves creative worship, preaching, and advocating for peace and justice.