Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Outline of 6 week study sessions

Class Outline:

Through out the whole 6 weeks we must remember to begin and end with God. Worship is first and foremost about, to, for, directed at and focused on God.

Major areas I want to cover: biblical foundation for worship, historical foundation of worship with focus on the reformed tradition, book of order, order of worship/elements of worship, church year, artistic expression in worship, worship planning tools

Minor areas that should be found throughout in the various major areas: multi-generational worship, worship that is friendly to families,

Elements to be included in each class session:

  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Evaluation of the previous Sunday’s worship service – not in order to make changes, or to criticize, but to get into the practice of directed observation and meaning creating (see Jane Rogers Vann)
  • All subjects will have as a focal point the importance of participation, definition of participation and evaluation of participation

Overarching goal for this team (not the same as for the project):

Class 1, August 14th:

  • Welcome and opening worship time (15 min)
  • Explanation of the purpose of the team and training time (15 min)
  • Timeline and other practical information (5 min)
  • Bryan’s exercise – 15 min to think about previous worship experiences followed by discussion (25 min total)
  • Overview of topics to be covered (5 min)
  • Distribution of reading and other materials (2 min)
  • Assignment of breakfast duties (2 min)
  • Closing prayer (2 min)

Class 2, August 21st:

  • Welcome and opening worship time (15 min)
  • Discussion of homework (focused on post-modern movement and the church’s need to keep up with the changing world)
  • Biblical and theological foundations for worship
  • Evaluation and discussion of Sunday, August 19th
  • Explanation/distribution of home study for next week
  • Closing Prayer

Class 3, August 28th:

  • Welcome and opening worship time (15 min)
  • Historical Foundations, with focus on the Reformed Tradition
  • Church Year and formational possibilities
  • Evaluation and discussion of Sunday, August 26th
  • Explanation/distribution of home study for next week
  • Closing Prayer

Class 4, September 4th:

  • Welcome and opening worship time (15 min)
  • Book of Order and what it says about worship
  • Elements of worship and worship structure (4 fold and other possibilities)
  • Evaluation and discussion of Sunday, September 2nd
  • Explanation/distribution of home study for next week
  • Closing Prayer

Class 5, September 11th:

  • Welcome and opening worship time (15 min)
  • The arts in worship (visual, musical, dance, language etc.)
  • Worship planning tools
  • Evaluation and discussion of Sunday, September 9th
  • Explanation/distribution of home study for next week
  • Closing Prayer

Class 6, September 18th

  • Welcome
  • Worship panning tools and processes
  • Review, questions, clean up
  • Closing worship (30 min)

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