Worship that Cares is in introduction to the principles and skills of 'pastoral liturgy'. It offers an overview of the ways that worship can be a means of pastoral care, such as ways that Sunday worship can extend care to those who attend, but is focused on those acts of worship which begin with a particular pastoral need.
It goes on to consider how the principles which underlie these 'standard' rites can also be applied to what might be considered 'new' pastoral contexts or needs (such as rites to mark retirement etc.) and those situations which are not acknowledged in church circles (such as divorce etc.).
A final chapter discusses ways that the church can move out into the community, offering 'apt liturgy' to help community groups to mark crises and joys with non-churchy rituals which nonetheless help people to connect with a world beyond themselves, with the divine and with the Christian story.
Mark Earey provides a toolkit of principles and skills which can be applied across different denominations and Christian traditions, in both formal and informal contexts, and to meet traditional and non-traditional pastoral needs
'Worship that Cares reveals Mark Earey as a skilful and generous teacher. He has produced a splendid guide to the Church’s pastoral rites, musing on how they enable people to experience God’s love and the church’s pastoral care. It is a model of how to approach these questions in an increasingly demanding yet frequently ill-informed society, which longs to find meaning in life and the best for their nearest and dearest.' -- David Stancliffe, formerly Bishop of Salisbury and Chairman of The Liturgical Commission and of the Church of England
'If Earey’s book were to be placed into the hands of authorised ministers who then read, marked, learned and inwardly digested it there could be a mini revolution in the way in which pastoral care is offered in these islands. It is that good.' -- David Deboys, Worship Officer, Diocese of Gloucester
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