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Table Manners
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1. Enchantment or Entertainment? The Challenge and Potential of the Contemporary Liturgical Culture 2. Temple or Home, Table or Altar, Supper or Sacrifice? Tradition in Transition 3. Speech and Silence: The Possibilities of Limits of Language 4. Hearts and Hands and Voices: When Words are Never Enough 5. Poetic Space: Inhabiting the Liturgical Environment 6. Practising the Scales of Rejoicing: Shaping a Liturgical and Presidential Instinct

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Simon Reynolds is a parish priest in Farnham in Surrey.

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Table Manners offers a unique contribution to liturgical theory of practice. Simon begins with historical origins and tradition and then moves us on to the present day. He shows how words, symbols and actions, combined with a poetic understanding of the liturgy, can lead us and all with whom we work and pray into the heart of God. His subtle understanding of gestures and the use of silence, and his perceptive comments on the use of liturgical space, make this book indispensable for all who preside at the eucharist. -- Stephen Platten
Table Manners challenges us to attend more seriously and imaginatively to the quality of worship. In issuing the challenge, Simon Reynolds asks questions that cover the spectrum of theological viewpoint and social context. Our response should be carefully considered, if we are to be serious about the authenticity of our witness and mission, and our individual life in Christ. Reynolds has a passion for the elements that any liturgy draws upon; words, music, movement, relationship, participation, environment. As a persistent asker of questions, Simon Reynolds prompts us into the recognition of ordinary human experience as the vehicle of revelation. Here are questions that should should regularly be on the agenda of every institution training people for ordained and lay ministry, every PCC and diocesan Synod. -- Martin Warner
This is a fascinating, lucid, passionately argued exploration of why our church worship is so poorly done. Should be compulsory for all who lead worship and all who complain about it. -- Angela Tilby

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