Watch Living Worship [DVD].by Caccamo, James F., Todd E. Johnson, and Lester Ruth. Brazos Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-1587432958,
Make sure you understand the main ideas like worship as revelation and response, the difference between monastic and catedral worship, and so on. These ideas should appear in your descriptions of the liturgical and theological rationale for your choices in the liturgy.
Imagine yourself in this scenario: Leslie Hodgkinson, who has served Ravenswood Community Church for over 20 years, is now leaving her position as Director of Worship and the Creative Arts. You have been asked to assume her duties for a one year trial period. If all goes well you may be asked to continue with this church after the trial period as their new Director of Worship.
After a few months you have been given the task of planning the Palm Sunday service for Ravenswood. Phillip Staurseth, the new lead pastor, has asked for a highly detailed description of the service. He wants to understand the reasons behind the choices you are making in the liturgy, and he wants to see if you have a good grasp of the values and priorities that Ravenswood holds dear.
Pastor Phil has communicated to you that Ravenswood is willing to make some changes in the worship if they believe it will help them in their mission to their community. He cautions that there are other changes occurring in the church as well, and that any significant changes should probably be handled carefully. You may indicate where adaptive change is needed, as long as you include some strategy for how you will manage the change with the congregation.
The Worship Service Outline
Your plan for the service should include the following:
1) SUMMARY AND BRIEF OVERVIEW OF PALM SUNDAY/PASSION SUNDAY (2 pages)
Provide a 500-word overview of Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday including its basic themes, brief history (if deemed appropriate), recommended Scripture texts, and recommended hymns. This overview shall include references for where information is derived (book references are expected). Information from the web is permitted insofar as it taken from reputable sites and is cited appropriately in the overview. This material may be drawn from denominational worship books, liturgical resources, or from web-based resources, but must be properly cited.
2) ANNOTATED OUTLINE FOR A PALM SUNDAY/PASSION SUNDAY SERVICE (5 pages)
Draft an annotated outline for Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday worship. The format of this outline will resemble the case study assignments, with the addition of a column to note if you are making technical or adaptive changes from Ravenswood’s traditional services. A template is provided. In the columns provided, list each item in the liturgy, an explicit theological and liturgical rationale for the item, and an indication if this is normal practice, technical, or adaptive change for Ravenswood. This outline of the liturgy shall begin with the PRELUDE and conclude with the POSTLUDE. The outline must demonstrate the following characteristics:
● Faithfulness to the context at Ravenswood Covenant Church
○ If you feel an element in the liturgy will require adaptive change, go ahead and put the element in, and note it will require adaptive change
● Excellence in theological and liturgical rationale
● Understanding of the dominant themes in Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday worship
● Critical engagement with the scholarly resources we have used in this course
● Creativity in the order of worship and elements suggested
● Sensitivity to issues of leading in change and planning how to manage change
3) APPENDIX A: HYMN/SONG LYRICS (1 page)
Append to this outline a document that includes in plain text, including punctuation, all the hymn/song/psalm lyrics to be sung during the worship on Palm Sunday. If from a hymnal, please designate which hymnal and the hymn number. If from a web resource, please be sure to check for punctuation, spelling, and gender inclusive language.
4) APPENDIX B: SCRIPTURE READINGS (1 pages)
Similar to Appendix A, append to the project a document that includes in plain text, including punctuation, all Scripture readings to be included. Please designate which translation will be used for each reading and why you selected that particular translation. We are a gender inclusive congregation and prefer that the readings be as inclusive as possible when it comes to reference to human persons. (i.e., “humankind” not “mankind”.)
5) APPENDIX C: OTHER READINGS AND PRAYERS (1 page)
Similar to the above appendices, append a document that includes, in plain text, with proper formatting and punctuation, all other readings and prayers that will be offered. These should be clearly labeled and should indicate whether they are to be prayed by a worship leader or by the congregation. When this material is not original, it should be indicated what resource it was drawn from. Plagiarism is not tolerated.
6) APPENDIX D: STRATEGIES FOR ADAPTIVE CHANGE (optional) If you are making any adaptive changes, or are moving toward an adaptive change, describe your strategy for managing the change. You can put the element into the liturgy, as if you were at the end of the process of adaptive change, as long as you explain the strategy that has been employed leading up to this change.
· Not all changes are either adaptive or technical: some are just changes.
· There may be no such thing as a purely technical change – someone in the church is going to consider it a change in values or priorities. Even so, it may still be best to approach the change as technical.
· Since you have been at Ravenswood for a few months, you may have been working through the early steps of adaptive change, knowing that you wanted to make some changes. Explain what steps you have already taken to work through any adaptive change, and what steps are still required.
· In your reasons for doing certain things, it is generally not adequate to simply say “because we have done it that way in the past.” That is a valid reason, but there should be other reasons also given.
· Be very specific in your instructions: Who will do each element? Where will it be done? Will they move from one place to another? Will the people be standing? Sitting? Kneeling? Facing the front? Facing each other?
Template for Submission
The following page can be used as a template for preparing your assignment.
WS518 Final Project
Palm Sunday Service: Ravenswood Covenant Church
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| |[List the item in the liturgy, including who will do the action. If a text is associated, include an index here, such as (1), and include the text below] | |[Explain how this works in the flow of the liturgy, any theological reasons associated with the liturgy, how it is consistent with Ravenswood] | |
[List whether this is no change, a technical change, or an adaptive change. If adaptive, include an index here and a strategy below.]
APPENDIX A: HYMN/SONG LYRICS
APPENDIX B: SCRIPTURE READINGS
APPENDIX C: OTHER READINGS AND PRAYERS
APPENDIX D: STRATEGIES FOR ADAPTIVE CHANGE
What has already been done:
What still needs to be done: