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The Body

This issue explores the notion of Christian worship as an embodied event. We experience God’s living Word and mysterious presence through our senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. We pray and praise God through gesture and posture, speech and song. The promises of God are enacted through the sacraments of Baptism (turning, washing, anointing, embracing) and the Lord’s Supper (taking, blessing, breaking, giving). We go forth with hands to serve our neighbors and feet to bear the good news to all. May 2012.

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In this issue

Bodily Worship, Kimberly Bracken Long
Standing for the Gospel, David B. Batchelder
Touch of Grace, Donna Giver Johnston
Dis-Re-Membered Bodies, Cláudio Carvalhaes
Worship in Action, David Gambrell
The Work of Our Hands: Flamebodies, Pamela Cooper-White

The Bodies in the Body of Christ, Marci Auld Glass
A Musician’s Body and Bodies, Joby Bell
Glory to God: An Interview, David Eicher

Five Gospel Acclamations and Alleluias [music], Hal H. Hopson
Six Laments [liturgy], Gail Ramshaw
In Such a World as This [liturgy], Brian Wren
Her Baby, Newly Breathing [hymn text], Brian Wren
Good Is the Flesh [hymn text], Brian Wren
Living God, You Bless the Body [hymn], David Gambrell

List of Texts and Tunes in Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Lucinda Naylor

Featured article

Read "Bodily Worship" by Kimberly Bracken Long.

Learn more

Visit the website of the Taizé Community.

Learn about Glory to God, the 2013 Presbyterian Hymnal.

Visit Brian Wren's website, Praise Partners Worship.

Further reading

Kimberly Bracken Long, The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)