Thursday, October 3, 2013

Open Prayer

Journal of Bible and Religion, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Apr., 1952), p. 144

Open Prayer. Compiled by JESSE HALSEY. Nashville
2, Tenn.: Abingdon-CokesburyP ress, 1951. $7.50.

This is a unique and useful aid to worship leadership.
It has been prepared, apparently, by a clergyman
for use in his own conduct of worship services,
but it contains a wide variety of material that can
be used effectively in churches, at religious conferences,
or anywhere else that inspiring materials
for devotional leadership are needed. The "kit" consists
of three kinds of material: a loose-leaf file for
worship material, the worship material itself, printed
on separate sheets of sturdy paper, and an imitation
leather folder into which the particular sheets of
printed aids may be placed for inconspicuous use in
the pulpit or on a table. The aids include calls to
worship, invocations, prayers of confession, assurances
assurances and prayers for pardon, affirmations of faith,
prayers of thanksgiving, collects and short prayers,
prayers of petition and intercession, pastoral prayers,
offertory prayers, prayers before and after
the sermon, benedictions, and prayers for dedications.
Authorship of aids to worship ranges from
Alcuyn to Thomas Wilson, exclusive of the Bible and
other book sources.

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