This syllabus is for a course that is a study of Christian Worship which includes biblical and theological principles for worship, the historical development of the liturgy, cultural dynamics in contemporary worship, and explores the rich and varied resources within the ecumenical, global Christian community
Description:This course is a study of Christian Worship which includes biblical and theological principles for worship, the historical development of the liturgy, cultural dynamics in contemporary worship, and explores the rich and varied resources within the ecumenical, global Christian community. There will be an emphasis on preparing students to be both wise and discerning worshipers and competent and well-equipped worship leaders. It is assumed that participants in this course will have worship experience as well as a basic ability to read music.
Objectives:Upon completion of the course students will have acquired:
A grasp of the character and content of biblical texts concerning important worship themes
An understanding of the development and function of various components of the liturgy, and an ability to select and prepare each of these for worship.
A greater ability to lead worship: especailly musical leadership but also offering prayers, performing drama and readings.
A knowledge of the essential principles for liturgical planning, especially hymn texts.
An increased awareness of and appreciation for the global and ecumenical diversity of Christian worship.
An ability to appreciate, analyse and critique various forms of worship and their underlying theologies and traditions.
An understanding and appreciation of the dramatic shape of liturgy, including the liturgical year
Familiarity with liturgical resources that are available to worship planners and leaders
II. LEARNING MODES
The Practice of Worship:A course that wishes to deepen student’s discernment regarding worship must include worship as one of its primary elements. Hence, each class will begin and end in worship, and other worshiping opportunities will be observed as they arise. These will be occasions for practice, reflection, analysis, and modelling.
Lectures and discussion:Lectures provide substance and starting points for discussion of the issues raised in the course. By attending lectures faithfully and well-prepared, students not only get the most from the lectures, but are also able to enter into thoughtful dialogue with fellow students and the professors. A high level of classroom openness, participation and interaction leads to better learning.
Readings, assignments:Readings from the Bible and other sources will be assigned throughout the term. Short written assignments will be given from time to time on these readings, as a means of encouraging students to keep up with the schedule of readings and to be well-prepared for classes.
Field Visits:Students will visit worship services in various ecclesiastical settings to observe and reflect on different practices, recording observations and reporting in class.
Practical Application:Students will plan and lead one campus worship service each month.
Term Paper:Students will prepare a research term paper on a topic of their choice, to be agreed upon in consultation with one of the course instructors.
Midterm Exam:A mid-term exam will be given.
Final exam:A cumulative final exam will be given during final exam week.
III. EVALUATION COMPONENTS
IV. REQUIRED TEXTS(available in TKUC Bookstore)
The Bible– use the version of your choice
Dearborn, Tim A. and Coil, Scott,Worship at the Next Level(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004)
Farlee, Robert B. and Bangert, Mark Paul,Leading the Church’s Song(Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1998)