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This guide focuses on

  • general works regarding the history and theology of worship
  • practical helps for worship leaders in the Protestant tradition.

See the guide on Preaching for specific tools on sermon preparation.


Starting Points: Journals

Though many worship helps are produced by the publishing houses of various faith traditions, these journals provide a scholarly treatment of liturgy and worship.  All can be found in print in the Periodicals Room at Pitts.

Worship - Benedictines of St. John's Abbey
Indexed and full text from ATLA.

Liturgy - Liturgical Conference
Indexed by Academic Search Premier. Full text from 2003

Studia Liturgica - Liturgical Ecumenical Center Trust
Recommended by Don Saliers as best international worship journal. Indexed in ATLA.


Starting Points: Books

The Complete Library of Christian Worship - Robert E. Webber
Call Number: REF BV10.2 .C65 1993 V.1-8
v. 1 The biblical foundations of Christian worship -- v. 2 Twenty centuries of Christian worship -- v. 3 The renewal of Sunday worship -- v. 4 Music and art in Christian worship: Books One and Two -- v. 5 The services of the Christian Year -- v. 6 The sacred actions of Christian worship -- v. 7 The ministries of Christian worship.

Oxford History of Christian Worship - Karen Westerfield Tucker, Geoffrey Wainwright
Call Number: BV15 .O95 2006
Thirty-four lengthy essays, numerous shorter entries, and hundreds of helpful visuals focus on the eras, communities, themes, and practices of two millennia of Christian communal worship.

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New Dictionary of Sacramental Worship - Peter E. Fink
Call Number: REF BV173 .N485 1990
Comprehensive resource for Roman Catholic worship. Modern length alphabetical entries with good cross references and bibliographies. emphasis on sacramental theology.

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Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral - Thomas G. Long
A historical, theological, and liturgical examination of the funeral as the final journey of a Christian saint to God.

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