Worship

Crafting Eucharistic friendship across cultures

Author
Bart William Milleson
Abstract
The church can do more to help disciples of Jesus Christ experience the transformation that occurs when persons of diverse ethnicity gather to form and/or nurture friendship. It is this author's conviction that it is time for the church to claim the theological premise that crafting eucharistic practices of friendship across cultures provides a vision of faith that will address racial divisiveness and build bridges of reconcilitation in society. The author wrote a workbook that served as an instrument to facilitate daily reflection upon ways the Eucharist inspires practices of friendship across ethnicity and social class. The author conducted an eight-week project which included multi-cultural worship, sharing of stories in small groups, and participation in Eucharist. Evaluation of the project included the use of surveys and interviews. The author concludes that this approach to multi-cultural ministry facilitated reflection upon Eucharist and helped participants learn more about the importance of forming friendships with Christians of diverse ethnicity and economic class based upon practices of holy communion that shape the formation of Christ-like friendships.

Team designed indigenous Generation X worship in a new church plant

Author
Vance C Rains
Abstract
This project used a worship team/internal focus group and an external focus group to identify the primary components of indigenous Generation X worship, to discern their cultural and theological significance, and to employ and evaluate those components in a new church plant setting. A qualitative research model was employed, primarily utilizing focus group interview sessions, as well as private interviews. The major findings of this study state that indigenous worship is most effectively planned and implemented by an indigenous worship team and no single model for indigenous Generation X worship exists, but it must be specific for the culture that is being reached.

Costly worship: a seminar to help members of the Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia to pursue a better worship life

Author
David K Chiu
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to understand the worship situation and needs among members of Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia (CMinBC) and to develop a seminar to help them pursue a better worship life. A descriptive research was used to understand their worship situation and the correlation between personality types and worship preferences. A questionnaire and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test were used as instrument. The study showed that, in general, members of CMinBC churches lack understanding of biblical worship. It also showed that there was a significant correlation between certain personality types and worship preferences.

The historic liturgy in a contemporary context: the meaning and purpose of worship

Author
Thomas J Hallstrom
Abstract
The thesis of this paper is that the historic liturgy, as a set of attitudes and goals, is the single most valuable resource in understanding and responding to the dilemma facing Christian worship in the contemporary context. By historical analysis, present-day survey and observation, and case studies, the conclusion is that the cultic historic liturgy as the motor which drives parish life leads to strengthened mythos and energized ethos. Taking seriously the confessional heritage of the Lutheran witness to the church catholic can give solid footing for the church as it thinks about the meaning and purpose of worship.

The exegesis of culture as a critical component of Christian corporate worship

Author
Randy T Hodges
Abstract
The cultural context in which one ministers should help shape the mode and content of Christian corporate worship. This dissertation examines current literature on Christian corporate worship as well as literature describing current cultural characteristics in the United States. A six-week series of worship services was conducted incorporating the results of the study. The services are then evaluated to determine if they have been culturally sensitive and ministry-effective. A major challenge for the church is to find theologically sound and yet culturally sensitive forms of worship which ministers to the surrounding culture without forsaking those presently in the local community of faith.

Singing a new song: toward greater inclusiveness in congregational worship

Author
S John Roth
Abstract
Congregational worship faithful to the New Testament model will include people of many ages and backgrounds and musical tastes. This paper explores the pros and cons of alternate worship forms in the interest of inclusiveness. It emphasizes the importance of retaining essentials while utilizing contemporary material. Special attention is given to the role of music, and one chapter is devoted to African-American worship. The author concludes with a series of observations and recommendations.

God's people shape worship: enhancing the worship life at the North Stamford Congregational United Church of Christ

Author
Martin G Montonye
Abstract
The primary goal of this project was to encourage the members of the North Stamford Congregational Church UCC to clarify the role and importance of worship and express how well the shape of the existing worship life reflects and expresses our relationship to God. To accomplish these objectives a worship committee was formed. Twenty percent of the congregation was interviewed and eighteen small groups shaped new patterns of worship. In addition, several aspects of North Stamford's present worship life were compared to biblical, historical and contemporary expressions of Christian worship life. After reviewing the data from the interviews and small groups, the worship committee discovered the importance of the traditional way of worshipping God at NSCC. The committee also recommended to the congregation seven enhancements designed to provide relational opportunities for the whole congregation to express itself in worship of God.

Enabling a session to accept fundamental changes in worship and evangelism, and to serve as a change agent within the congregation

Author
Paul J Kirbas
Abstract
This dissertation first supports the notion that the primary task of the church, and of its worship, is to carry the work of evangelism. From this, a distinction between the forms of worship and the substance of worship is offered. Following this distinction, new forms are suggested for worship. Finally, the psychology of change is presented, with strategies offered. Research is primarily through books contained in bibliography. The results are used to prepare a four-session retreat to enable church leaders to lead the congregation through the suggested changes in worship.

The discovery and development of motivational means and methods for the stimulation of proper worship in...Trinity Bible Church

Author
Steven M Moutoux
Abstract
The church is required to offer God pleasing worship. This project sought to find those motivational means and methods whereby the church would be moved to the acceptable worship of God. These motivations were discovered through an in-depth study of God's revelation in his general revelation in Creation, his special revelation in his Word, and his redemptive revelation in Christ. They were then incorporated into the practical worship of a New England church. Worship renewal was accomplished through changes in intellect, attitude, worship environment, and worship direction, through a work retreat, a preaching series and a teaching series on worship.

Testing a model for the integration of worship around the sermon's theme to enrich worship for the congregant...active hearing of sermon

Author
Ronald D Henderson
Abstract
The purpose of this practicum is to test a model for the integration of worship around the sermon's theme to enrich all of worship and to encourage the active hearing of the sermon. The author planned and led seven worship services at Hamilton Park United Methodist Church that were integrated around the sermon's theme. A non-control group met after each worship service and gave the author their feedback that the model was effective in enriching all of worship and increased the active hearing of the sermon.
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