"Free churches are increasingly finding their way to the liturgical riches of the whole church and finding there the resources they need to form faithful followers of Christ. The contributors to this volume have drawn on a wealth of pastoral experience and theological expertise to provide ministers of such churches with invaluable guidance in this journey."
—Steven R. Harmon, Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity
The co-editors of Gathering Together have connections with the congregational life of a Baptist community that has undertaken the sort of liturgical retrieval and renewal their book advocates. Kennedy is Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dayton, Ohio. Earlier this year Associated Baptist Press reported on the Eucharistic hospitality FBC Dayton extended to a neighboring Episcopal parish during renovations to its church building in the story "Baptists host Episcopalians, wine. " Hatch, now Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, was a member of FBC Dayton during his Ph.D. studies at the Catholic-affiliated University of Dayton; a previous post on Ecclesial Theology called attention to Hatch's doctoral dissertation there examining critically the Baptist perspectives of E. Y. Mullins and George W. Truett on nature and grace in light of the work of Catholic theologian Henri de Lubac.
The book's Table of Contents appears below:
Derek C. Hatch and Rodney W. Kennedy
1 Worship and Becoming the Body of Christ
2 The Christian Year: Practicing the High Priesthood of
Michael D. Sciretti, Jr.
3 Liturgical Ties of Community
4 Pastoral Prayers in Worship
5 Creeds and Freedom: Another Baptist Witness
Philip E. Thompson
6 Reclaiming the Liturgical Heart of Preaching
Rodney W. Kennedy
7 Communing Together: Baptists Worshiping in the Eucharist
Scott W. Bullard
8 Baptism: The Substance and the Sign
9 Music as Liturgy
10 The Missional Heart of Liturgy
I Worship Resources
II Occasional Services
Gathering Together: Baptists at Work in Worship may be ordered from the publisher in paperback and in a Kindle e-book edition from Amazon.