"When all is said and done, however, there are only two, not forty-four, ways to increase attendance in any congregation. One is to increase the frequency of attendance of those who are now attending. .... The second approach is to reach more people. .... Many of the suggestions in this book are designed to increase the frequency of attendance. Others are designed to attract first-time visitors and a few are included to increase the probability that first-time visitors will return the following Sunday". -- Intro., p. 14, 15.
Contents: Introduction -- Being with the Worship Experience -- Review the Schedule -- What Are Your Operational Policies ? -- The Power of Program -- Real Estate Considerations Do Influence Attendance -- Institutional Factors -- What Next ?
In August 1994, at the invitation of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, liturgists and leaders of worship from nearly all Christian traditions met in Ditchingham, England to reconsider the implications of worship for the ecumenical quest. The event produced an exciting report and the letter reproduced in this article.
"Ecumenical insights by Godfrey Diekmann, David Hay, Eugene Fairweather, Howard Hagemen [sic i.e. Hageman] [and] Joseph Cunningham".
"Edited with an introduction by James Schmeiser"
"The third symposium of the Canadian Liturgical Society, 'Worship '75'."
Papers given at the third symposium of the Canadian Liturgical Society, Worship `75", held at McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, 27-30 May 1975.
Five conference papers on "the inter-relation between the liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the sacrament." -- Intro., p. [viii].
Contents: Contributors -- Introduction / James Schmeiser -- Celebrating the Word / Godfrey Diekmann -- The Biblical Basis of Celebration / David Hay -- The Theological Basis of Celebration / Eugene Fairweather -- Conducting the Liturgy of the Word / Howard Hageman -- Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word / Joseph Cunningham.
Contents divided into three main parts: The Hidden Wisdom of Psalmody -- Chanting the Psalms -- Creative Adaptations.
Contents: Preface -- Acknowledgements dated April 2006 -- Introduction -- The Psalms of Ancient Israel -- Early Monastic Psalmody -- Psalmody as Christian Yoga -- The Psalms as Psychological Tools -- The Psalms as Soul Music -- Psalters and Sourcebooks -- Finding Your Voice -- Suzuki Psalmody -- Reading Simple Psalm Notation -- The Wide World of Antiphons -- Reading Gregorian Notation -- Customizing Your Own Psalmody -- Developing Your Own Daily Office -- Is There Chanting Beyond the Psalms ? -- Taize Chant -- Songs of the Presence -- Iona Chant and Gouzes Chant -- Dancing Before the Ark -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Selected Musical Resources -- Credits -- CD Contents -- Index.
Author is "an Episcopal priest, a medievalist, and a musicologist, who has been chanting the psalms for more than thirty years". -- back cover.
"For four days last June (1996), Lutheran parishes in the city of Ottawa were hosts for the biennial ELCIC National Worship Conference under the theme `Lift Up Your Hearts'. Among the workshops offered in the programme was one I led with the title `Drama in a Sacramental Medium'. The intention of the workshop was to provide participants with opportunity to reflect on the place of drama in Christian worship, and an opportunity to experience the richness that drama can provide, even in Word-and-Sacrament worship."
"Anglican churches in Western Australia proved they are not small and struggling when over 4000 Anglicans from all over the Diocese of Perth gathered for a 'Celebration Eucharist' at Challenge Stadium in the Perth suburb of Mt. Claremont. The service held on Sunday 29 July  was a highlight of two weeks of special events marking the 150th anniversary of the Perth Diocese". "The celebration Eucharist was described as Anglican liturgy at its best -- splendid, colourful, dignified and joyous". The sermon was given by the Most Rev. and Rt. Hon John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. The archbishop and his wife, Margaret, were special guests for the 150th celebrations. Archbishop Sentamu "said worship and praise lie at the centre of the human response to God. 'For thousands of years people have sought to draw closer to God in this way. The revelation of God's all embracing love in Christ has brought people into a new dimension of worship of intimacy and transcendence. As we gather in this community of Faith and give thanks to God for the 150 years of the Diocese of Perth we are reminded of our place within a community of worship which is wider that can be imagined and held in the timelessness of God'". "The diversity of the Perth Diocese was reflected throughout the service with readings in Arabic and Mandarin, and singing from the Sudanese choir".
Sacred Acts (the Canadian School of Performing Arts in Worship) led the worship and music of the fifth International Congress on Pastoral Care and Counselling which was held in Toronto, Ont. from 20-26 August 1995 and positively reviewed by the participants.
"Have you ever considered the powerful impact of the printing press ? Can you imagine the pre-printing press church -- a church without Bibles, without hymnals, without bulletins (impossible !) ? But Shane takes up deeper, asking how the form of that revolutionary 16th-century technology has affected the church -- its piety, its authority structures, its structures of theology, its forms of public worship, it very articulation of the gospel.
Then consider the impact of electronic media -- telegraph, radio, film, television, computer, the Internet, even the projection screen. How did and how will these innovations rewire our minds and change the way churches function -- in piety, in authority structures, in structures of theology, in forms of public worship, in the articulation of the gospel ?" -- Foreword, p. 9-10.
Contents divided into two main parts: New Ways to Perceive -- Alternative Ways to Practice.
Contents: Gratitudes -- Foreword / Brian McLaren -- Introduction -- Seeing But Not Perceiving -- Perceiving the Powers that Shape Us -- Printing : The Architect of the Modern Church -- Electronic Media : Planting the Seeds of the Emerging Church -- Evolving the Medium and the Message -- Community in Electronic Culture -- Leadership in Electronic Culture -- Worship in Electronic Culture -- Epilogue -- Bibliography -- Endnotes.