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4PT526 Worship Spring 2012 RTS Atlanta [3 Credit Hours] Mondays: 1.00 – 4.45 pm Feb 6, 13, 27 Mar 5, 12, 26 Apr 9, 23, 30 May 7 Instructor: Dr Derek W H Thomas [email protected] I Course Description In 1544, Emperor Charles V called for the Diet of the Holy Roman Empire to meet at Speyer. Martin Bucer, Strasbourg reformer, urged Calvin to write a statement of the doctrines and necessity for the Reformation. What emerged was Calvin’s The Necessity for Reforming the Church, a book which Calvin’s friend and successor, Theodore Beza, thought the most powerful and important book of his time. What was Calvin’s chief concern? Worship! This course will investigate as many of the issues of worship as time will permit. The canvas is vast: what does the Bible teach about worship? How are we to integrate both Old and New Testament materials for the church today? What does church history teach us? What are the issues facing the church today? How are we to bridge the divide known as the “worship wars?” II Course Objectives To acquaint the student with the relevant materials of biblical and historical debate on worship To facilitate the student to become a leader of worship that is both dignified and sensitive to current cultural norms To engage the student in debate over issues currently of major controversy within the Reformed churches III Course Requirements A. Lectures and attendanceMany of these sessions will be in the form of seminars, to facilitate classroom discussion. Attendance, therefore, is an absolute requirement. Permission must be sought for absence from class. There will be “pop-quizzes/assignments” most weeks. B. Reading Assignments Required Texts: T David Gordon, Why Johnny Can’t Sing P & R Publications, 2010 Don Carson (Ed.), Worship By The Book Zondervan, 2002 Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Worsip: Letting the Gospel Shape our Practice Baker Academic, 2009 John Frame, Worship in Spirit and Truth Presbyterian and Reformed, 1996 Hughes Oliphant Old, Leading in Prayer Eerdmans, 1995 Derek Thomas, Ligon Duncan and Philip Ryken (Eds.) Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship NJ Presbyterian and Reformed, 2003 Robert Vasholz Benedictions Christian Focus Publications, 2007 _______ Calls to Worship, Christian Focus, 2008 Pinson, Matthew J. Perspectives on Christian Worship: 5 Views B & H Academic, 2009 C. Practical Requirements (100%) i. 10 Written Prayers. (20%) Each Pastoral Prayer will contain a focus on a particular theme/topic, though the prayer should be completed as usual. Week 1: The Trinity2: The Atonement 3: Providence 4: The Holy Spirit 5: The Scriptures 6: Suffering 7: Temptation 8: Loneliness 9: Heaven 10: Hell The practice of extemporary praying is a good one and one for which our puritan and Presbyterian forefathers fought hard to maintain. But even these traditions called for what they termed “studied prayers”: prayers that had been planned and thought through and then delivered without notes. We will discuss the merits of this in class. Every week of class, students will be expected to bring with them a written pastoral prayer (one typed single-spaced, font: Times New Roman #10pt). Students should know in advance that the instructor favors extemporary prayer; but even extemporary prayer needs to be “studied” in advance. Two copies of these prayers need to printed. One prayer is to be handed in on Mondays, the other is to be kept and placed in a folder, -- the entire folder to be handed in at the last day of class (along with other assignments) How should I go about writing these prayers? I suggest you take a Psalm and meditate on it. Then begin to formulate the ideas and word structures of the psalm, adapting them for suitability in 20th century parlance. Follow the order of thought in the psalm where appropriate. Grading someone’s prayers poses some problems. Still, a measure of objectivity will be attempted. Grading will depend on such things as style, wording, biblical content, structure. In addition to Hughes Oliphant Old’s book, Leading in Prayer, I recommend that you look at the following books to help you in public prayer (they will prove to be invaluable to you). Arthur Bennett A Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth, 1975 C. H. Spurgeon Spurgeon’s Prayers Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 1993 Mathew Henry A Method for Prayer Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 1993 ii. Order of Service/Bulletin (20%)5 Complete Worship Bulletins are to be completed by the end of the semester. Full details as to requirements will be given in class. One must include the Lord’s Supper. A “Worship Guide” (an explanation of to the format of your liturgy) is also expected. iii. Philosophy of Worship Summary (10%) A 15 bullet-point summary of your philosophy of PUBLIC worship iv. A detailed book review (10%) Review any ONE of the following assigned texts: Pinson, Gordon, Chapell, Thomas. 7 pages, double-spaced that does not contain the phrase, “this book is very readable”! v. Sacrament Homily (30%) SIX illustrated explanations of 3-minute “homily” delivered at a baptism or the Lord’s Supper (3 of each). vi. Call to Worship/Benediction (10%) LEARN 3 Calls to Worship and 3 Benedictions (including the Aaronic). You will be tested on these orally on the last day of class. vii. FOLDER On the last day of class all assignments (assignments i - v) must be completed by the last day of class and placed in a folder to be handed in to the professor. No extensions will be granted. Extension Policy All assignments and exams are to be completed by the deadlines announced in this syllabus or in class. Extensions for assignments and exams due within the normal duration of the course must be approved beforehand by the Professor. Extensions of two weeks or less beyond the date of the last deadline for the course must be approved beforehand by the Professor. A grade penalty may be assessed. Extensions of greater than two weeks but not more than six weeks beyond the last deadline for the course may be granted in extenuating circumstances (i.e. illness, family emergency). For an extension of more than two weeks the student


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