Book: Liturgy, Justice and the Reign of God: Integrating Vision and Practice

Frank Henderson, a.o. New York: Paulist Press, 1989.132 pages.

The title describes the book well. The volume includes a discussion of biblical principles of social justice, something that has been done before—often. The genius of the book lies in its application of these principles to the worship service. How can hospitality, acceptance of all people, compassion, justice, and stewardship for the creation be expressed in our gathering for Word and sacrament? Implications for architecture, seating arrangement, visuals, communion elements—all of these are dealt with in an imaginative manner. The book also includes prayers, litanies, and other resources. Not every congregation will implement all of these suggestions, but even selective use of the resources will help us escape the wrath of God as expressed in Isaiah 1:10-17.

Harry Boonstra ( is former theological editor of RW and emeritus theological librarian of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Reformed Worship 23 © March 1992, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Used by permission.