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New Editions of the Book of Common Worship Available!

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Over the last several years, more than 180 consultants and writers from across the denomination, representing today's broad, diverse Presbyterian body, gathered for one of six regional consultations to edit existing resources and write new material for the latest edition of the Book of Common Worship.

Responsive to the many changes in the church and world since the last revision in 1993, the new edition has been reimagined and redesigned to meet the needs of today's church. It is more informative, more user-friendly, and more flexible. Want to see sample prayers, the full table of contents and more? Click here to access a digital brochure about the Book of Common Worship!

Funding and leadership for this project was provided by three groups: the Office of Theology and Worship, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.

Choose an option below to learn more about the new editions of the Book of Common Worship.

     - Notable Features about the Book of Common Worship
     - What's New in the 2018 Edition of the Book of Common Worship?
     - About the 2018 Book of Common Worship Resources
          - The Book of Common Worship
          - The Book of Common Worship, Pastoral Edition
          - The Book of Common Worship, Daily Prayer
          - The Book of Common Worship Sets
          - The Book of Common Worship, Flash Drive Edition
          - Marriage Service: Pack of 3
     - How to Order


Notable Features about the Book of Common Worship

The Book of Common Worship is user-friendly and conducive to various worship styles. Notable features include:

     - Improved organization. Easy navigation allows users to quickly find what they need
           through an expanded table of contents, sectional tables of contents with page
           numbers, and two indexes (scriptural and topical).
     - Streamlined and simplified services. Primary services in each section are streamlined,
           allowing leaders to appreciate the rhythm, logic, and flow of the order of worship.
           Additional texts, placed at the end of each section, provide more opportunities for
           customization.
     - Fresh, evocative materials. Theologically sound language written by diverse authors
           with different contexts in mind represent the fullness of Christ's church.
     - Singing encouraged. Rubrics indicate where certain elements of worship, such as a
           prayer of confession or prayer for illumination, might be replaced by congregational
           song (with hymnal numbers given).
     - More inspiration for creative worship. Descriptions of each type of prayer during
           worship are provided so that those who desire to pray spontaneously or compose their
           own will be equipped to do so.


What's New in the 2018 Edition
of the Book of Common Worship?


Here's a quick overview of what's new in the latest edition:

     - Illustrated liturgical gestures for worship leaders
     - Common phrases used in worship side-by-side in English, Spanish, and Korean
     - More Spanish- and Korean-language resources
          - A full bilingual Service for the Lord's Day on facing pages for convenient use
          - Spanish language services for baptism, new members, ordination/installation,
               marriage, and funerals
          - Selected texts in Korean and Spanish
     - Music suggestions throughout, using both the Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) and Glory
          to God
(2013)
     - Unified ordination services for all leaders
     - Three new sections
          - Creation and Ecology
          - Justice and Reconciliation
          - Interfaith Events
     - Revised marriage service
     - All 150 Psalms with Psalm prayers arranged for responsive reading, singing, or
          personal prayer
     - Beautiful, original illustrations at the beginning of each section
     - Two indexes (scriptural and topical)


About the Resources

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Book of Common Worship

9780664503185  ●  Hardback  ●  6'' x 9''
$50.00

The Book of Common Worship is a must-have for Presbyterian pastors, church musicians, liturgical leaders, and anyone who wants to know more about worship in the Reformed tradition. It includes everything church leaders need for Sunday worship, the Christian year, the sacraments, and pastoral and occasional services, such as ordinations, weddings, wholeness services, and funerals.

This useful revision adds brief passages of practical commentary before each section and service, as well as more guidance for those who pray spontaneously or compose their own prayers. New sections on creation and ecology, justice and reconciliation, natural and human-caused disasters, and interreligious worship are included as well as revised marriage and funeral liturgies and updated song suggestions from the Glory to God hymnal. Other highlights include selected services in Spanish, new artwork throughout the book, and an illustrated guide to common words and actions in the liturgy with English, Korean, and Spanish translations.


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Book of Common Worship, Pastoral Edition

9780664503512  ●  Leatherette  ●  4.5'' x 7.5''
$35.00

The Book of Common Worship, Pastoral Edition  is an indispensable resource for pastors, chaplains, and others who lead worship. Church leaders will find services and prayers for use at baptisms, ordinations, weddings, house blessings, hospital visits, wholeness services, funerals, and more. Key features of the new pastoral edition include updates and revisions to the ordination, marriage, wholeness, and funeral services.


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Book of Common Worship, Daily Prayer

9780664503529  ●  Leatherette  ●  4.5'' x 7.5''
$35.00

The Book of Common Worship, Daily Prayer  provides a basic pattern of prayer that can be led by any member of the church and used for personal reflection, household worship, small-group gatherings, weekday services, or church meetings and retreats. It includes simple services for daily prayer, a complete psalter as well as other biblical songs and ancient hymns, a treasury of prayers for various occasions in human life, and selected readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (Sunday and daily readings) and the two-year daily lectionary (expanded).


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Book of Common Worship, Flash Drive Edition

9780664265571  ●  Flash Drive
$50.00

The Book of Common Worship, Flash Drive Edition contains electronic files from the main Book of Common Worship to make worship planning and bulletin preparation easier and more effective. Click here to learn more.


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Marriage Service, from the Book of Common Worship (Pack of 3)

 

9780664265588  ●  Paperback 
$10.00

The Marriage Service is the perfect gift for newlyweds. This commemorative resource features one complete version of the marriage service from the 2018 edition of the Book of Common Worship. It also includes a special dedication page.


Book of Common Worship Sets Available
To help Presbyterian pastors, church musicians, and liturgical leaders get the resources they need, we are now offering three Book of Common Worship sets! Each set includes different editions of the newly revised Book of Common Worship and provides you with extra savings.

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Book of Common Worship Complete Set

9780664265755  ●  $140

Retail price if purchased separately: $170 (You save $50.00 by ordering the set during the limited-time offer.)

This set contains one copy of the following 2018 editions:

     - The Book of Common Worship
     - The Book of Common Worship, Pastoral Edition
     - The Book of Common Worship, Daily Prayer
     - The Book of Common Worship, Flash Drive Edition


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Book of Common Worship Book Set

9780664264451  ●  $110

Retail price if purchased separately: $120 (You save $10.00 by ordering the set.)

This set contains one copy of the following 2018 editions:

     - The Book of Common Worship
     - The Book of Common Worship, Pastoral Edition
     - The Book of Common Worship, Daily Prayer


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Book of Common Worship with Flash Drive

9780664265762  ●  $90

Retail price if purchased separately: $100 (You save $20.00 by ordering the set during the limited-time offer.)

This set contains one copy of the following 2018 editions:

     - The Book of Common Worship
     - The Book of Common Worship, Flash Drive Edition

 

How to Order

Visit www.pcusastore.com or call 1-800-533-4371 to place your order today! Customer service representatives are available by phone from 9am to 5pm EST, Monday-Friday.


Use in Virtual Worship Services

You are welcome to share material from Book of Common Worship (BCW) during a virtual worship service, provided the material is copyrighted by Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC). For any other use of text copyrighted by PPC, including posting on a website, please email rights@presbypub.com for permission.

To determine if BCW material is owned by another publisher, please check for three small initials immediately after the text. If no initials appear, no permission is necessary for use during virtual worship. If initials do appear, you must contact the copyright holder listed next to the corresponding initials in the acknowledgements section on pages 1152-1154.