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Baptists embracing “high church”

Baptists embracing “high church”

A new book encourages Baptists to become more liturgical as they tire of contemporary worship writes ABPnews:

Some Baptists tire of “contemporary” worship and embrace liturgical forms. So says a new book of essays about liturgical worship in the Baptist tradition. Gathering Togther: Baptists at Work in Worship, a collection of essays with an index containing resources including creeds and procedures for employing sacraments.

Those experts also cite anecdotal and published reports that Millennials and other young people are gravitating toward high-church traditions, turned off by what they see as gimmicks and fads in hyper-contemporary worship. And when it comes to Baptists, it may be catching on also because younger people aren’t hung up on the anti-creedal mentality that has long dominated the church.

Kennedy (Rodney Kennedy, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, and co-editor of Gathering Together) referenced his own experience with college students and also a 2013 essay by blogger and author Rachel Held Evans in which she describes what a turn-off modern worship can be. “In fact, I would argue that church-as-performance is just one more thing driving us away from the church, and evangelicalism in particular,” Evans said in the CNN Religion blog posted in July. “Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high church traditions,” she added, “precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with ‘being cool,’ and we find that refreshingly authentic.” …

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Ann Fontaine

South Yarra Baptist has a web site, Laughing Bird, with liturgical resources and some of the Lectionary in “Australian” here.

Obadiah Slope

South Yarra Baptist in Melbourne, Australia has constructed their own prayerbook based on ancient liturgies. It holds a weekly eucharist which has a ten minute silence.

John Sandeman


I believe the Rev.Dr. Peter Gomes (Memory Eternal), longtime Chaplain of Harvard University, was the epitome of the High-Church Baptist.

JC Fisher

Micah Jackson

Don’t forget that Tripp Hudgins, who blogs as anglobaptist, is a Seabury alum. That handle is in no way ironic.

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