The new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God, will begin with thirty pages of worship materials, including the Service for the Lord's Day, liturgy for baptism, and services for daily prayer. The aim is to reintroduce the treasures of the Reformed liturgical tradition (represented by the Directory for Worship and the Book of Common Worship) to the people of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Of course, much has changed in the past twenty, thirty, and even fifty years since these other resources were developed. The church and the world have not stood still, and neither should the church's liturgy. The liturgy in the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, accounts for these developments in some interesting and exciting ways.
This Leader Reader by David Gambrell briefly tells the history of Presbyterians committed to getting the liturgy in the hands of all members, and how the hymnal is the culmination of this dream.