Leading worship 2011 week 5

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Module number: THxx13Title: Leading Worship

Session 05, hours 1-4

Excuse me, I wondered if you'd mind awfully if I interrupted ?

Teacher God, open our minds: so may we build new knowing on former learning.

Creator of learning, open our hearts: may we embrace surprise and challenge, confident in your love.

God who Sees, open our spirits: let us discern your grace and presence in our class today.

Loving God, open our lives: may we learn from each other and serve each other in learning together.

What we're looking at today ... the liturgical year



evaluation practice.

assessment and outstanding questions.

How we're learning ... ...talking





Why we're learning this stuff

You never know where you'll end up

Making good, considered, decisions

Surprise the catholics

Help evolve practice.

Hmmmm ... last week ... What about those letters?

Longitudinal liturgy ....

The liturgical seasons

Brief history. No biblical celebrations except OT which don't really apply. Except weekly 'Easter' -ie every Sunday is/was celebration of the Resurrection.Then yearly remembrance of Hely Week an Easter (and baptism came to be associated)And so to Ascension and PentecostVarious schemes of preparation evolved and we ended up with LentChristmas was relatively late: desire to have a mid-winter celebration and to commemorate the incarnation. Epiphany and Christmas and preparation period -Advent.

Questions? Observations?


Make note of questions and observations, Collect together and deal with them

Other items that are informally 'there'?

Note other things like Presentation, Christ the King.

Mention saints' days. BVM, Harvest, Remembrance Sunday, .

Note danger of adding too much in is that it can get in the way of the educational and formational value of the 'curriculum' of the Church's year.

The colours ....

are customary How about a bit of fun?

Might need to go over the general principles of the colours.

Bit of fun -what about coming up with our own scheme based on our culture and the meanings of the festivals and seasons ....l


my bit of fun....


In 2s & 3s,list: non-verbal communication(s)

Don't forget: objects too...

Drawn in from intersession work: wrt scrapbooks? Collect real examples. Perhaps try to classify them.

What've we come up with?

Make sure mention clothing and similar self-presentation (relate to body image?), could even bring in things like cars, houses, phones


How important is non-verbal communication?

A lot of the 'training event' stuff about verbal, visual and body language is not well-founded. In reality how important these are varies according to context and message. However, non-verbal is clearly important, sometimes more important


2s & 3s.What kinds of objections or problems have you come across thinking about ceremony, ritual and so on in church?

> Share more widely ....

Think of negative comments or attitudes you may have come across about ceremonial etc whether or not you share them.

In the light of thinking about non-verbal communication,

how do we relate it to church settings?

What already happens? What could happen?

Leading to consideration of non-verbal communication in church settings. Might need to distinguish visual, gestural (or kinaesthetic), taste, smell, touch, etc. Perhaps task different groups for a handful of minutes to come up with suggestions; each group a different 'channel'.Consider what happens and what could happen, what are the positives and negatives?Mention semiotics?

Semiotics ...and liturgy

This is not a pipeMaking connections: SEMIOTICS -how we use signs, what signs are and the issues of meaning... relevant to worship leading: being aware of the meaning-making we are engaged with and how we do or don't negotiate meaning in liturgical space-time.Magritte's painting is a commonplace of semiotics; it raises the question of meaning and representation and conveying meaning.

what might the church's engagement with gnosticism have to do with this non-verbal communication stuff?

Reminder of what Gnosticism is?Main point is that in response to Gnosticism, Christianity became clear about the goodness of matter, bodies, etc so this literally touchy-feely stuff is important. Christian theology affirms the importance of the material means of communication -not just the 'mind' or 'spiritual' stuff.

What body-language do we use in chapel?


Groups to come up with 3 or more each -2 minutes.Plenarise.

What other 'gestural prayers' are we aware of?


Probably including sign of the cross (meaning?), genuflecting, prostration, raising hands, manual actions,

Also: lighting candles, placing stones, washing hands, marking the body (?), .

Preface of BCP and Article xxiv ...

This brings us to indiginisation; HANDOUT of excerpts from BCP, ASB etc. setting out the vision for variation and appropriateness to contexts and times. Link to Canon B5?

What are the challenges of indiginisation in liturgy and worship?

Probably best attempted by Buzz-plenarise dynamic.Challenges: faithfulnesssyncretism; meaning change (? but note that this happens anyway with cultural change); loss of common language between Christians (how to counterbalance? -Remember the advantage, though, is richer understandings of Gospel and Christ -hence mission partnerships);

In the examples (and more) of 'good' and 'off-putting' worship, what roles did symbol, ritual etc play?

If time, share and discuss.


One area of symbolism etc which may or may not be contextually appropriate ?

Contemporary vestments?

Benny Hinn. Note the desire to wear something a bit different for 'Divine Service'. Link to origins of vestments as 'best dressed 3rd Century Roman gentleman .

Leads onto the debate /question on the next slide.

Pros & cons of whatever we wear

Buzz groups ...

Perhaps brief debate: could be in terms of What would be the contemporary vestments and why?

Doing the assignment ....

Need to make sure folk have sight of the various guides: grid, guidance sheet, forms, ESPECIALLY mock-up reflections.(time at end for further chats).

XDoing the assignment ....


Basic reflection, LO's etc

Samples etc.

Cover: Aim: to show you have met LO's and how well you can reflect using the content.scrapbook: form and contents -including annotated bibliography.Assignment: proportions of elements: connect with eg placement reports;Picking a main area for reflection, Citations,

XDoing the assignment: Marking ....

Primary sourcesInsights from elsewhereEvidence of understandingReflectionCommunication.

Primary sources: the scrapbook or main service resourcesInsights : further reading evidenced -citations and how well used and understood.Evidence : Showing you understand the issues raised and their implications (according to level) and important insights about them and can weigh them up...Personal reflection : able to integrate your own perspective and experience in a helpful way.Communication: logical format, flow, clear writing, appropriate vocabulary, proper citation -including of scrapbook or supporting materials.

Backoverlooking... Write or devise a piece of liturgy to sum up your learning for the course.

Aim to look at collectively: perhaps by sharing in table groups and then 'commending' ...

Doing the evaluation -on your own service ....

Primary sourcesInsights from elsewhereEvidence of understandingReflectionCommunication.