Liturgy

Learning to Pray Without Ceasing: Instilling the Importance of Prayer and its Connection to Social Justice in Youth

Author
Wesley Brian Jamison D.Min.
Abstract
Progressive churches continue to struggle with retaining youth, who often seen little merit in the church's traditions and rituals. These spiritual practices are essential to nurturing the strength and vision necessary to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. This project offers a model for integrating these practices into the regular activities of youth ministry as a way of reconnecting them to the struggle for justice. It was tested by adding the observance of the daily offices of prayer to a youth mission trip and examining the views of participants concerning prayer and its connection to justice before, during, and after the trip. Noticeable changes were measured during and after the trip, indicating that youth came to see spiritual practices are more important to the work of justice. These findings suggest that the church would do well to look to its own history of monasticism as a model for youth ministry in the post-Christian era.

Training manual on the Lutheran divine service : a response to Pentecostalism in the ELCT, South East of Lake Victoria Diocese Agape parish

Author
Daniel Henry Mono
Abstract
The project was conducted in Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, South East of Lake Victoria Diocese, Agape Kahama Parish (ELCT-SELVD). Pentecostalism has been seriously penetrating among the Lutheran members to the extent that some of them do not value the Lutheran Divine Service. They claim that the Lutheran Divine Service is not spiritual because it is guided by the book or written materials and therefore, not spiritual.

The study made a survey of the use of the ELCT hymn book for worship called Tumwabudu Mungu Wetu (TMW) which has biblical contents. The project results proved that many Lutheran members in ELCT did not fully understand and believe what is contained in the book.

The study developed a training manual for the Divine Service for pastors use so that they are well equipped to teach their members so that they remain faithful Lutherans.

Lectio divina: bridging the gap between preachers and adolescents

Author
Brendan Moss
Abstract
Lectio Divina: Bridging the Gap between Preachers and Adolescents suggests that preachers employ the monastic practice of Lectio Divina (holy reading) with youth to engage them in the preaching event. In the first chapter the author explores contemporary adolescence. In the second chapter he explores the characteristics of adolescent spirituality. In chapter three he introduces the practice of Lectio Divina. Finally, in chapter four, the author describes a workshop he created and facilitated to help preachers learn how to use Lectio Divina with youth, enhance the preacher's preparation process, and the youths' experience of the preached Word.

Liturgy as pastoral care: congregational worship as self-interpretive response to transition

Author
Thomas R Steagald
Abstract
This "reflective" dissertation explores the ways in which liturgy functions as corporate pastoral care within a changing community. Trading on the insights of narrative theology, and examining specifically the program of hermeneutical pastoral care as developed by Charles V. Gerkin as it came to be utilized in a parish setting, this dissertation models an interdisciplinary approach to pastoral leadership which involves all of the primary taks of ordained ministry. Of particular interest are the ways in which the dynamics of ego psychology can be applied generally to groups, and more specifically to the on-going narrative life of a faith community.

Identity and evangelical style

Author
David W Schulte
Abstract
This study investigates a growing trend among ELCA and other liturgical churches. The trend involves a move away from traditional liturgical worship to a contemporary style. I sought to enhance my understandings of both this new approach and of the essential elements of Christian worship. A conference on "Worship as Evangelism" at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Burnsville, Minnesota, and extensive readings from both sides of the issue were the basis of the project. I then analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and came to a decision regarding limits in cultural adaptation in worship.

Liturgy during periods of war: response in worship to human need

Author
Laura D Rains
Abstract
This study encourages the involvement of ministers and laity in the consideration of liturgical structure and content during periods of war. Pastors and laity review liturgy from the historical bulletins of their own congregations. They are supported in the formation of new skills in the creation of liturgy. Believers come to recognize connections between periods of history, shared emotions and their participation in the biblical narrative. This supports the formation of further materials for teaching and reflection which import the significance of international conflict on the way they worship and their expectations.

Providing pastoral care through liturgy

Author
Donna L Knight
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to assist pastors to minister in ways which address the entirety of an individual's life experience through the presence of Christ's church in worship. Chapter 1 includes an exploration of the use of liturgy and pastoral care. Chapters 2-4 report the psychological, sociological, and theological needs of individuals who have experienced the crisis of terminal illness, rape, or abortion, respectively. Liturgies designed to alleviate the suffering and facilitate the healing processes of such individuals were developed and are included in corresponding chapters.

Renewing the eucharist: a study in liturgical theology

Author
Richard L Houtz
Abstract
This thesis explores and analyzes some representative approaches in the field of liturgical theology, and develops a process for renewing the eucharistic practice of the church. The project concludes that the insights of liturgical theology can provide a basis for a thorough evaluation of a congregation's eucharistic life, and can help develop a comprehensive program for eucharistic renewal. The first section of the project develops a foundational basis in liturgical theology by reviewing and analyzing the approaches of five representative scholars. The second section uses these insights to interpret the practice of Eucharist in a particular liturgical context. Based on the evaluation of this context, the third section proposes a model for eucharistic renewal. The final section includes a summary and critique of the project.

Liturgy as event: enabling worshippers to develop Christian identity through the annual cycle of the liturgical year

Author
Stephen R Vance
Abstract
The church in the United States exists in a cultural context where the individual identity of its members could best be described as schizophrenic: believers who struggle with balancing multiple identities in a culture that generates so many from which to choose. Yet the church has within its tradition the cycle of the liturgical year, a resource of immeasurable power in assisting persons of faith build, shape and strengthen their identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. Meaningful, well thought-out liturgical events are extremely effective in developing Christian identity, an identity that can prevail against the other words and other stories that would coopt and destroy the unique identity of the church. Particular orders of worship for specific ritual events are a major part of this dissertation.
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