Worship

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
Warren S Benson
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
Zan W Holmes
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.

Trinitarian worship in a local church

Author
Keith M Curran
Abstract
The success of the project indicates that future discussion by the larger church can be helpful in attempts to design and understand congregational biases in worship and a Reformed theology of worship. It can also help those interested in discovering compatibility of a new or potential minister and congregation.

An experiment in worship renewal in a Korean church

Author
Kwang-Min Hwang
Abstract
The worship in most Korean churches has been intellectual and moralistic preaching-centered worship, and it fails to involve the congregation wholeheartedly. Although the basic ethos of the Korean people is exulted spirit, they cannot experience this in such worship. To overcome this problem, a lively worship model, based on research on the theology and history of Christian worship, and on relevant aspects of Korean culture, was developed and utilized for three months in the Masan Bahn-seok Methodist Church. Its effectiveness was tested with pre- and posttest questionnaires, which showed that the model contributed to the people's faith development and to the renewal of worship itself.

Africanizing worship in the mission churches of Africa

Author
Stephen S Kim
Abstract
Beginning with the premise that worship communicates and informs theology, this study examines the issues involved in integrating contextual African theologies with concerns for contextualizing worship. This is a library study. Traditional African religion and culture, the independent African churches, African Christian theology, and the principles of liturgical theology are employed in order to examine what is involved in Africanizing worship. The study concludes that true Africanization must integrate concerns for cultural indigenization and political liberation, and that Africanized worship must reflect this integration. It further suggests that Africanized Christianity has much to contribute to the global church.
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