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COURSE NUMBER: THEO 376
COURSE TITLE: Jubilate: Studies In Christian Worship
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Joachim Segger, Roy Berkenbosch
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of Christian worship which includes biblical principles for worship, the historical development of liturgy, cultural dynamics in contemporary worship, and explores the rich and varied resources with the ecumenical Christian community. Themes to be studied include praise and lament, confession and proclamation, use of the lectionary, sacraments, liturgical dance, the use of art in worship, the relationship of worship and justice, and more. There will be a strong emphasis on the music of worship. Students will have an opportunity to attend various worship services as well plan, lead, and participate in worship.

Same as MUSI 376

Corequisites: THEO 250
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • The Bible – use the version of your choice
  • Burns, Stephen, Liturgy(available electronically via Kindle)
  • Van Dyk, Leanne, A More Profound Alleluia (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005)
  • Lift up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Faith Alive Publications, 2013
  • Scheer, Greg, “The Art of Worship”, Baker, 2006
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Attendance 5%
Attendance at chapel 5%
Chapel Organization (2) 20%
Church Visitation 20%
Reading and Listening Quizzes 20%
Lectionary Text assignment 30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the course students will have achieved the following:
  • An ability to think theologically about worship, including greater awareness of the character and content of the biblical texts concerning worship
  • An understanding of the various elements worship, and an ablity to select and prepare each of these for worship.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the dramatic shape of liturgy, including the liturgical year
  • An increased awareness of and appreciation for the global and ecumenical diversity of Christian worship.
  • An historically and theologically informed view on music choices
  • A keener grasp of the historical developments of Christian worship
  • A greater knowledge of and ability to appreciate and critique various types of worship and their underlying theologies and traditions.
  • A better understanding of how worship intersects with other aspects of the Christian faith, including justice, evangelism and spiritual formation.
  • Experience analysing hymn texts and music
  • Experience planning and leading worship
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Why Study Worship? Intro to the course, themes and assignments 
  • Foundations
  • Foundations: The Liturgical Cycle and Worship Teams
  • Hymnody, part 1, Lift Up Your Hearts
  • Theological Themes: The Trinity
  • Theological Themes: Sin and Grace
  • Hymnody, Part 2 and discussion of hymn fest
  • “…It’s all about you…”  Where’s Jesus in Worship
  • “The what???of God was Satisfied”
  • Theological Themes: Justice and Worship
  • Enjoying the Hymnody of John Bell and Graham Maule


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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