January 21, 2005

Laying The Groundwork

This looks interesting:


Groundwork:
Guide for Lenten Study and Action
Year A
The goal of Groundwork is to encourage personal and congregational transformation, to ask congregational members and leaders to dig deeply into the soil of their mission and context to do serious and joyful learning about evangelism, invitation, and welcome.

This Lenten guide includes:
• Lesson plans for a 5-week Sunday Morning Adult Form in Lent
• Lesson plans for 5 Mid-week Adult Programs in Lent
• Adaptations for use during the Easter Season
• Use of Groundworks in retreat settings
• Vestry Planning for Evangelism

I allso ran across a few interesting-looking books for seekers or beginners, or even old hands who always wondered about why things happen in a certain order, but never felt emboldened to ask.


Welcome to Sunday: An Introduction to Worship in the Episcopal Church

by Christopher L. Webber





Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seasons of the Episcopal Church

by Vicki K. Black



And of course, the beginners handbook:


Welcome to the Episcopal Church: An Introduction to Its History, Faith, and Worship

by Christopher L. Webber, Frank T., III Griswold



What I'd like to know is if it includes tips on gracefully juggling prayer book and hymnal, and figuring out that the Service music is in the front of the blue hymnal, but appears not at all in the front of the red hymn book. This one fact is probably the most deeply confusing thing for a person attending an Episcopal church for the first time.

Not that we're not already deeply confused anyway, but we mean well, and we manage to clear most of the confusion up during coffee hour.



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