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Published on April 18th, 2018 | by ABCUSA

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Judson Press Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Treasured Worship Resource with a New Edition

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/18/18)—Judson Press first published the classic A Manual of Worship by John Skoglund in 1968, and in honor of the 50th anniversary, Judson presents a new edition, The New Manual of Worship by Nancy E. Hall.

This revised edition seeks to provide today’s ministry leaders with diverse materials for planning worship services of all kinds, encouraging them always to adapt the resources to the particular context, needs, and lifestyles of their own congregations.

newmanualofworshipThe New Manual of Worship features numerous updates and revisions, as well as 20 new services, which commemorate special days, seasons, or themes, significant ceremonial events in church life, and the day-to-day occasions of joys and sorrows in people’s lives. Featured in this edition are specific recommendations for themed or occasional worship music, from traditional hymns to contemporary praise songs, and a new section of practical advice for planning an integrated and inspired worship service.

Perfect for new and seasoned ministers, worship leaders, and seminarians, this comprehensive and practical guide is adaptable for churches in various traditions and with various worship styles. As a bonus, it features information about additional online resources.

Clergy who have used this manual proclaim, “It’s a great resource for when you need a little help planning a special worship service…. It is just the right size to carry around with you.” And another stated, “…wonderful guidance with enough choices of Scripture that it is perfect for planning various services.”

NANCY E. HALL, MDiv, DMin, is Associate Professor of Ministry and Congregational Music and Director of Contextual Education at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California. Ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA, she serves as pastor of First Baptist Church of Berkeley. Hall worked closely with the late John Skoglund as coauthor of the twenty-fifth anniversary revision of the classic Manual of Worship (Judson Press, 1993).

Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities, and cultures.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists in answering God’s call to promote Christian faith across the United States and Puerto Rico to cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and heal and transform communities, by developing aligned action networks and programs.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.


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