Worship

Celebrating God's grace: an adult information course which teaches the doctrine of the church as expressed in the worship of the church

Author
Wayne E Schmidt
Abstract
The author thoroughly studied the ongoing relationship of worship and doctrine as an influence in the formation of Lutheran worship practices. He developed a class entitled "Celebrating God's Grace," which summarized the basic teachings of the church as they are expressed in the worship of the church. This was part of a revamped adult education program in his congregation. In addition to the obvious benefits for those attending the class, the writer came to better understand the centrality of grace in the Christian faith and is now better able to plan and lead worship.

Interpersonal ministry in the liturgy

Author
Wesley M Toncre
Abstract
This dissertation/project explores the Scriptures, the Lutheran confessions, the tradition of the Fathers and contemporary ecclesiastical thinking in search of a definition of the role of the worshiper--as an instrument of the God who serves--in the context of Lutheran, corporate, liturgical worship. Further, it develops a workshop structure designed to provide members of a congregation with the knowledge, attitudes, skills and opportunities to discover and execute those roles by serving one another effectively in response to God's ministry to them while they are gathered around Word and Sacrament.

Meaningful worship: a seminar to enrich the corporate worship experience using a worship committee

Author
Dale R Suel
Abstract
The paper includes a teaching plan for a weekend seminar on worship, plus eight lectures on worship. The opinions of the participants were expressed and recorded through the use of questionnaires and surveys. Because worship is to be an eternal activity, it is good to learn about it thoroughly in order to perform it properly. The author discovered that it was possible to lead a congregation into a more meaningful experience of worship after serious study and intentional adjustments to the previous expressions of the congregation's worship.

Memories shared, new visions revealed: a study of the role of biblical narrative & worship in the renewal of congregational memory & vision

Author
Deborah A Rundlett
Abstract
Liturgy has the power to reclaim memory and call forth new visions through the retelling of the biblical and living stories. One of the biggest challenges faced by mainline churches today is moving beyond decline. When faithful, the liturgy of Word and Sacrament incorporates biblical and living memories in such a way as to challenge and even reshape a community's understanding of self. Through the convergence of congregational memory and biblical narrative, questions of faithfulness are raised that healing might take place and the congregation come once again to entrust their future to God and God's vision of shalom.

Designing and implementing worship services to meet the expressed needs of baby boomers in Denton, Texas

Author
David A Sylvester
Abstract
This project sought to ascertain the expressed needs of churched and unchurched individuals between the ages of 28 and 46 years and to develop and implement worship services to effectively address the needs as expressed. This project justified the premise that individual-expressed needs may be effectively addressed without altering or neglecting any portion of the gospel message.

That the fruit might be perfected: liturgical catechesis and a local church curriculum

Author
T Randall Smith
Abstract
Using an understanding of curriculum advanced by Maria Harris and Susanne Johnson, the author defines curriculum as "the whole life of the Church as it is manifested in a congregation's worship, instruction, and praxis in explicit, implicit, and unacknowledged ways." The author seeks to indicate how a local congregation's life would be impacted by such a definition and understanding to create what the author calls liturgical catechesis. Finally, the author examines the implications of liturgical catechesis for pastors, local congregations, seminaries, and judicatories, and offers some theological reflections on the subject.

Worship and personality types

Author
David F Lindblom
Abstract
Because people differ in regard to the way in which they use the psychic functions of their personalities, they relate to the various dimensions of worship in different ways and intensities. To demonstrate this thesis, people were chosen randomly from six Lutheran congregations of various sizes and contexts for ministry. Each person was given the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator and a worship questionnaire. The scores of these instruments were standardized and correlated, and the statistical evidence supported the thesis. The implications of this study for a congregation's evangelism and worship planning are manifold. When worship leaders are more sensitive to the variety of people and their personality types, they will plan more holistic liturgies.

Enriching the black worship experience at the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church (Nashville, Tenn)

Author
David B Groves
Abstract
The purpose of this ministry research project was to enrich the Black worship experience at the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn, by reclaiming its worship heritage. Cultural terms such as "Black" and "celebrative" were defined along with the direction the project would take. Biblical, theological, and historical research were presented as foundations for Black worship enrichment in chapter 2. Chapter 3 analyzed the congregation for the need of the project using social research. A program of worship enrichment stressing heritage awareness was presented. Chapter 4 evaluated the project as needed and successful. Projections for future research and ministry concluded the study.

Lex orandi lex credendi

Author
Erwin M Smuda
Abstract
The author asserts that the form, content, and practice of liturgy is what determines the belief of the church. He examines the development of liturgical practices and finds evidence to support this thesis. He also considers the role of the teaching magisterium and discovers instances where doctrinal authority serves as a corrective to those worship patterns which may lead to false belief. He concludes that both the worship practices and teaching authority of the church are important elements in determining doctrine. However, it is worship that carries more influence in the end.

The role of preaching and worship in evangelism

Author
Walter E Middlebrooks
Abstract
The primary mission of the local church is evangelism. Vital biblical preaching and Christian worship can fuel the renewal of a ministry of evangelism within the local church. The administrative council was apprised of the project thesis. Covenant group(s) were organized. A church-wide retreat was held at Solomons, Maryland. The group was introduced to the "Twelve Keys to Effective Church Growth" by Kenneth L Callahan. The project concluded that preaching and worship are the keys that feed all other keys. Effective preaching and worship can bring the church alive, foster discipleship, and call others to serve.
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