Liturgy

Liturgical Drama in the Church: an Application of Daily Scriptural Living

Author
Alma Lee Langley-Ward D.Min.
Abstract
The main purpose of this research was to study the validity of using liturgical drama as a vital tool of expression to help make Scripture come alive for the application and transformation of lives, first of the researcher’s local congregation and eventually of other churches. The researcher wrote and directed a play based on Luke 1:26-35 using members of the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as actors and crew. The entire church was a participant of this research as the play was done during a Sunday morning worship service as part of the liturgy. The mixed-method approach presented the most viable pathway for this study and the researcher surveyed a cross-section of the congregation both as actors and audience members. The essential elements considered in using this method involved selecting the Scripture passage; observing the participants during rehearsals to determine their level of understanding of their roles and the motivation for their actions; and administering a survey to measure and analyze the effectiveness of the play in increasing biblical knowledge and inspiring transformation that would produce daily scriptural application. For a more objective case study, the researcher chose those members who presented with a limited understanding of Scripture and were interested in learning through their participation in the play. Rehearsals ran once a week for six weeks with additional rehearsals during the final week. The focus of the observation was on the conduct of the cast from week to week. The researcher assessed each cast member for transformation and changes in behavioral patterns. The findings suggest that using liturgical drama as a model for teaching the Word of God can be an effective teaching tool. The researcher claims that there is still hope of liturgical drama being a key part of the liturgy and worship

Pilgrimage to the pew : re-affirming the hermeneutics of liturgically inspired spiritual transformation

Author
Patricia Ann Robinson Williams
Abstract
This project seeks to re-affirm the hermeneutics of liturgically-inspired worship preparation among congregants of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. The Senior Pastor's admonition to congregants to prepare spiritually to enter the forthcoming new sanctuary forms the project rationale. Using narrative inquiry methods, the intervention seeks to demonstrate the value of liturgical preparation to sacred space dwelling and spiritual sanctification. The researcher collects and codes narrative responses as intuitive, reflective, contemplative or interpretive and intersects these ideas with spatial, symbolic and sensible aesthetics. Results from these analyses define aesthetically and textually-induced revelations as effective for spiritual transformation.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Mystagogy: A Mode of Theological Reflection in the Formation of Parish Leadership

Author
Silas Shawn Henderson SDS D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis-project explores the place and value of mystagogy within a model of comprehensive faith formation and its usefulness for the ongoing formation of parish leadership, particularly in the formation of Roman Catholic catechetical and liturgical leaders. Using Thomas Groome's Shared Christian Praxis and Jane Regan's image of "Communities of Practice" as guides, this thesis-project proposes a view of mystagogical reflection that parish leaders (paid staff members and lay volunteers, with their pastors) could use to develop a vision or plan of ongoing formation, specific to their context, grounded in and inspired by the encounter with Divine Mystery that is at the heart of liturgy.

Educating Calvary Baptist Church, Asheville, NC, on the Value of Following the Christian Year as a Means for Spiritual Renewal Through Worship

Author
Jeffrey C. Hayes
Abstract
This project introduced the spiritual value of following the Christian year in worship. Through a series of sermons and study lessons that focused on eight major seasons (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time), participants were exposed to the history and spiritual purpose of each, respectively. Two surveys were administered, along with weekly evaluations, and interviews, to measure the project’s effectiveness. The desired outcome was a greater degree of knowledge and interest in worshipping through the Christian year. According to the final analysis, increased understanding, spiritual growth, and desire to worship through the Christian year did occur.

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.
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