The Touch of the Sacred: The Practice, Theology, and Tradition of Christian Worship

Eerdmans, 2014
ISBN: 9780802869159


All over the world Christian communities meet on Sunday morning for worship. But what really happens during a worship service? How do worshipers participate in the service? What does it mean to sing, pray, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together? What do worshipers do when they listen to a sermon?

In The Touch of the Sacred, F. Gerrit Immink offers thoughtful theological reflection on the religious practice of worship services in the Protestant tradition. He develops a theology of worship with a clear focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as he explores the meaning of worship, the mystery of Christ, the sacraments, prayer, and preaching. Ultimately, he says, something dynamic happens when a church congregation speaks and acts; it is touched by the sacred, by a very encounter with the living God.

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Key Features

  • Reflects on the practice of Protestant worship services
  • Develops a theology of worship focusing on the death and resurrection of Christ
  • Explores the meaning of worship, the sacraments, prayer, and preaching


  • Worship as Religious Praxis
  • Sharing in Salvation
  • The Mystery of Christ
  • Backgrounds and Dilemmas
  • Prayer
  • Preaching
  • Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Praise for the Print Edition

What makes Immink’s Touch of the Sacred stand out from the crowd is the remarkable way in which he brings things together. He brings together a theological approach to the liturgy with a practical approach. He brings together a deep immersion in the liturgical writings of continental authors with an equally deep immersion in the liturgical writings of American authors. And he brings together a rich knowledge of the history of liturgy with wide acquaintance with contemporary liturgical practices. . . . Immink never stays on the surface; his discussion is always probing. A valuable contribution.

—Nicholas Wolsterstorff, Noah Porter Emeritus Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University

In the press to produce services that are innovative, expressive, entertaining, and blended, the cultural and theological roots of worship have become a forgotten and untraveled country. Gerrit Immink here delves deeply into the particular resources of the Reformed tradition to rediscover landmarks for worship, prayer and preaching that is godly rather than all about us. His volume will repay careful reading and does much to redress the balance.

Iain R. Torrance, pro-chancellor, University of Aberdeen

Product Details

  • Title: The Touch of the Sacred: The Practice, Theology, and Tradition of Christian Worship
  • Author: F. Gerrit Immink
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Pages: 280
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Worship

About F. Gerrit Immink

F. Gerrit Immink is rector and professor of homiletics at Protestant Theology University, Groningen, Netherlands. He is also the author of Faith: A Practical Theological Reconstruction.

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