Worship

For Christ's sake live your type: personality type theory and the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator: tools for pastoral care

Author
David Pretty
Abstract
This project uses a theological model (Whitehead Method in ministry) to integrate denominational tradition (Lutheran), culture (Jungian psychology) and experience (MBTI, personality type theory). The result informs four tasks of pastoral care: 1) training of volunteer leadership, 2) planning job careers with teens, 3) offering spiritual direction, and 4) assisting worship leaders in their planning. Pastoral care is trinitarian. Gifts given in creation (personality types) provide the means to the common unity to which the Church is called (sanctification). Such harmony is made possible through atonement (redemption). Decisions are made by consensus. Plurality is acknowledged. Variety is cherished. All pastoral care tasks field test positively in congregational settings.

Development of a manual for enhancing private and corporate worship

Author
Calvin A Blom
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to write a worship manual that would help people discover for themselves the essence of true worship. The paper describes the inductive Bible study process that was used to develop the basis for the manual. The central thesis is that true worship is predicated on realizing something of the greatness of the Lord. The project delineates the basic elements and attitudes about worship. It explains the desired goal and purpose of each chapter in the manual. A complete self-study manual is contained in the Appendix.

The use of the three year lectionary in corporate worship in the Anglican Church of Australia

Author
Victor Roberts
Abstract
This project provides a historical overview of the development of the Vatican II Three Year Lectionary. It includes a discussion of how the lectionary has been adapted by various denominations throughout the world. The study examines the lectionary's pre-suppositions and principles of composition. It compares and analyzes the form of the Three Year Lectionary in An Australian Prayer Book (1978) and the Alternative Tables of Lessons (1985). The text includes the results of an Australian Anglican use of the lectionary. Practical guidelines are provided for a more intelligible and creative use of the Three Year Lectionary.

A critical study of the theological understanding of worship through the use of The United Hymnbook in the churches of Seoul, PCK

Author
Kyung Sang Hong
Abstract
There has been no critical study of worship through the use of hymns in the Korean church. This project points out the misuse of hymns in worship. Korean ministers do not know much about church music, worship hymns, gospel hymns and gospel songs, or about the relationship between hymns and theology. Missionaries to Korea used many gospel hymns to spread Christianity. Now the Korean church must study worship through the use of hymns and broaden the use of the hymns found in The United Hymnbook.

Leaving home: understanding, celebrating, and affirming emerging adulthood

Author
Jimmy L Shelbourne
Abstract
Coming of age in American culture does not really occur until a young person has left the family of origin. For the most part, the church has ignored this major life-cycle event, but the author seeks to rectify this neglect. He draws on liturgical history and developmental psychology to argue that Confirmation cannot fill this gap. Leaving home is an initiation into the culture, not into the church. The project suggests worship orders to celebrate emerging adulthood which assume that young adults are free to make decisions and are fully responsible for the consequences of those decisions.

Searching for the meaning of worship

Author
Martin K Spilman
Abstract
The goal of this project was to become more aware of the meaning of worship. We often worship without knowing the reasons that underlie the act. Therefore, we miss the essential point of what worship means for us as individuals within the community of faith. The project sought to discover as many of these meanings as possible. Research included reading and the author's reflection on his own experience of worship. Worship touches us in many ways and we should respond accordingly by realizing that worship is obedient love in action.

Clergy and lay together in public ceremonies

Author
Robert R Smythe
Abstract
Both ordained and non-ordained Christians come together as mutual celebrants in public ceremonies as an expression of the whole ministry of the church. These ceremonies are dynamic and energizing. They are the deepest level of life where God's presence is celebrated. Ordained and non-ordained church members need to come to grips with the theological implications of the ceremonies and increase skills for public leadership of ceremonies. Barriers which prevent many non-ordained persons from full participation are examined. The project involved questionnaires, worshops, retreats and an evaluation. The ministry on worship department worked closely with the pastor. Self-esteem is one issue that must be taken into account as the congregation seeks to involve the non-ordained in public ceremonies. The involvement of the non-ordained is not only a theological issue but a recognition of the gifts and intelligence of all believers in the fellowship.

Entire sanctification and prayers of confession

Author
Richard H Neiderhiser
Abstract
This project introduces the prayers of confession contained in the Wesley Sunday Service of the Methodists in North America to congregants of the Grandview Church of the Nazarene. It compares these prayers with the congregant's perceptions of the Church of the Nazarene's teachings on the doctrine of entire sanctification. The purpose of the project is to analyze and evaluate the congregant's expectations and reactions to the comparison. It uses the descriptive survey method of inquiry to gather data from the control group of the Grandview church and from a companion test group randomly selected from four other Nazarene churches in the Kansas City area. This project contains a section on "The Review of Related Literature" which covers the doctrine and practice of entire sanctification which outlines what constitutes transgression in the life of those who claim the experience of entire sanctification or Christian perfection. It reviews the thoughts and expressions of some of John Wesley's immediate successors as well as an overview of Nazarene teaching on the subject.

Worship: biblical principles and human motivations

Author
David W Gaffron
Abstract
The goal of this project is to help persons understand the worship experiences of the local church. The author outlines 1) the biblical foundation for worship, 2) an understanding of the contemporary view of worship, and 3) the motivations of human beings for worship in light of the insights of Paul W Pruyser's theory of motivations for worship and the psychodynamics of worship. He establishes how the congregation's worship in his local church reflects the three areas explored. The author teaches a course based on the materials. He surveys the class before and after the course. The evidence indicates that an educational experience can make a difference in understanding and attitudes.

The development of design teams for the writing and production of liturgical dramas in the local congregation

Author
Harry C Kiely
Abstract
The purpose of the project was 1) to demonstrate that liturgical dramas can be written and produced simply yet effectively in the local congregation, and 2) to determine the spiritual and educational values of presenting such dramas in worship. The project consisted of the work of a design team of nine people from the congregation which included the pastor-author. He wrote and produced three short plays in the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany seasons and presented them as a part of the worship life of St Paul United Methodist Church in Laytonsville, Maryland.
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