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To provide perspective for current trends, Willimon traces the history of worship and our rich heritage of Word, water, wine and bread as they reveal the story of how God has been and continues to be with us. Beginning with the early Jewish tabernacle rites, he details the development of Christian worship through its various phasesearly celebration of the Lord's Supper and baptism, worship in the second through eighth centuries, the dramatic developments of the medieval period, the far-reaching effects of the Reformation and the revolutionary Protestant movements of the nineteenth century. Willimon concludes with a look at the present and future trends in worship.
A significant interpretation of worship history, Word, Water, Wine and Bread is an excellent resource for seminarians, students of church history and every pastor concerned with developing a worship service that will speak to the congregation as an experience with Jesus Christ.
William H. Willimon, MDiv, is bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. For twenty years he served as dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He has served congregations in Georgia and South Carolina, and is the author of more than 50 books.
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