Reforming Worship: English Reformed Principles and Practice

Wipf & Stock, 2012
ISBN: 9781610973205


The Reformed tradition of worship in England has given the English-speaking world the Westminster Directory for the Public Worship of God, and the hymns of Isaac Watts. In this collection of essays, scholars and ministers who are inheritors of this tradition reflect on the continuities, innovations, and tensions in Reformed worship and their lived expression in contemporary church life. Among the tensions explored is that between order and freedom in worship, and the bold contention is made that “ordered freedom” is the scriptural mark of the church’s worship and the character of all good liturgy, for “order is love in regulative operation” (Anglican-Reformed International Commission). This collection of essays on the theology, history, and practice of Reformed worship also includes examples of psalmody, liturgy, and a sermon.

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Key Features

  • Focuses on the theology, history, and practice of reformed worship through a variety of formats
  • Explores the tension between order and freedom in worship
  • Pays special attention to the role of liturgy within worship


  • Ordered Freedom: English Reformed Worship
  • Shaping Up: Re-forming Reformed Worship
  • Looking Back: A Historical Overview of Reformed Worship
  • What’s the Problem with God the Father? Some Implications of Impersonal References to God in Reformed Liturgy
  • Who Does What? Presidency at the Sacraments in the Reformed Tradition: Recent Changes in the United Reformed Church
  • Can a Sermon Be Boring? Metaphor and Meaning: Preaching in the Reformed Tradition
  • Holy Fear or Holy Communion in the Reformed Tradition
  • Is There a Place for Eucharistic Sacrifice in Reformed Worship?
  • Why Should I Sing the Psalms? The Reformed Tradition of Psalmody
  • A Sermon
  • Evening and Morning Liturgies: Orders for Evening Prayer, Morning Prayer, and the Lord’s Supper

Praise for the Print Edition

The revival of our worship depends on a rediscovery of the mystery at the heart of life, and that will only grow from a profound and disciplined attentiveness to the sources of faith in Scripture and in the on-going tradition of faith in the Christian community. This collection of writings is evidence of such attentiveness.

—from the foreword by Angela Tilby

Product Details

  • Title: Reforming Worship: English Reformed Principles and Practice
  • Editors: Julian Templeton and Keith Riglin
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 196
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Christian Living

About the Editors

Julian Templeton is a minister of the United Reformed Church, serving in Highgate and New Barnet, London.

Keith Riglin is an Anglican priest, serving in the Diocese of London.

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