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The contemporary Church of England is wrestling with issues around the relationship between its worship and mission and relating both to wider society. Much of this hinges on an understanding of the nature of the Church. Gabriel Hebert's seminal book Liturgy and Society (1935) took as its subtitle, "The Function of the Church in the Modern World". For many this book inspired engagement with Eucharistic worship, with new patterns emerging, paving the way for further liturgical reform in the second half of the twentieth century. Eucharist Shaping and Hebert's Liturgy and Society re-examines Hebert's work, doing so uniquely in the light of the current dialogue about Church, liturgy and mission. Andrew Bishop argues that Hebert's contribution has been overlooked latterly and that a re-appreciation opens up fruitful ways of thinking and acting, making this book a distinctive contribution to a lively debate. If the options are reaction or novelty, Eucharist Shaping and Hebert's Liturgy and Society shows how Hebert's thinking subtly undermines both.
"Gabriel Hebert's Liturgy and Society is an important book, however its influence has not been fully recognised in contemporary Anglican ecclesiology. In this book, Andrew Bishop addresses that oversight. He engages with Hebert's text in order to explore the place and function of the church in today's world; he enriches our understanding of personhood, worship and mission. By echoing Hebert's non-anxious and generous spirit, this offers a vision of discipleship and witness rooted in the Eucharist whilst remaining attentive to the world." – Julie Gittoes, Residentiary Canon at Guildford Cathedral, UK
"In this study Andrew Bishop re-reads Gabriel Hebert's writings, and, marshalling a range of conversation partners, persuasively argues that a church that is able to participate in the missio dei is a church that is first shaped by worship, and that a church that is shaped by worship is a church that is both in and for the world." – Christopher Irvine, Canon Librarian and Director of Education, Canterbury Cathedral, UK
1. Issues: Participation in a Common Life 2. What I Learnt In The House Of God 3. Let These Dry Bones Live: Ecclesiology 4. Ecclesiology, Incarnation and Dogma 5. Liturgy And Mission: A Case Of Jacob And Esau Or Mary And Martha? 6. Liturgy and Society: Eucharist Shaping 7. Acting in Society: The Ethical-Political Dimension
The Liturgy, Worship and Society series provides a library of innovative scholarship in liturgical studies at a time of vital changes in liturgical life and vigorous debates in academia. The series highlights contemporary work in liturgical studies, attuned both to traditional scholarly inquiry and to recent and emerging questions. In particular, the series is committed to exploring the relationship between liturgical life in Christian churches worldwide and the broader cultural and social contexts in which worship takes place. By offering a thorough grounding in the historical and theological foundations of liturgy as well as determined attention to contemporary developments and concerns, the Liturgy, Worship and Society series is set to make a vital contribution not only to scholarship in liturgical studies but also to the practice of Christian worship in the world today.