Contemporary Celebration - Ross SnyderNashville & New York: Abingdon Press, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
From the cover: “The church has too long relied on the formalized liturgies of history with only the pastor working on the construction of the service. The time is ripe for a liberation of creativity in worship, and many people must participate in the creation of celebration — teachers, artists, and especially laymen.
With typical fast-moving style, Ross Snyder shows celebrative life to be a communal celebration, not an individual event. He maintains that the communal groupings may be found in a family or a school, but that the major sources of instruction for communal celebration have been in the religious institutions of society. He is concerned with “intensifying realness, immediacy, presence, warmth, momentum, expectancy and surprise and astonishment and awe in church events”.
Through each chapter the author gives valuable guidance in developing the art of constructing contemporary celebration. He explores the elements involved, from an actual definition of celebration to suggested celebrative designs. Each chapter ends with his “explorations,” or poetic bursts of celebration which illustrate some facet of that chapter.
This book strains at the limits of language, but it is Ross Snyder — plowing new ground, sparking new insights, and creating structure, direction, and morale in a chaotic field.”