Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
March 23, 2004
I. The Core Focus of the Gathered Believing Community
A. What's in the center?
B. What stems out of that?
II. Worship & Celebration
A. Worship is ascribing worth to God through various person expressions
B. Celebration is rejoicing over what He has done for me and mine
ever-present God to manifest Himself to us
keeps us from being dried up or mean
individually an corporately on Sabbath mornings and evenings and in other
5. Receiving the Lord's Supper - the Eucharist
III. Planning & Leading Worship
A. Bringing people to their peak points of awareness and evoking
anticipation without making them anxious and/or resistant
B. Creating a distraction-free environment that allows the freedom of the
C. Facilitating an engaging, meaningful, participatory liturgy
A. Late Latin: liturgia
B. Greek: leitourgia - a public service from the words for people' and a public building'
Eucharistic rite, a rite
of rites prescribed for public worship (most common reference to worship)
customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances
D. Liturgical leadership
is God whom we worship
requires some outward order to be accountable to its inner reality
a. Celebrate signposts and pathways that remind the community of its
historical experience and continuity
b. Even in orderly, remembering worship, each gathering is a new act of
worship requires community
worship cannot do without silence, but neither can it do without words
is especially capable of expressing a significant part of what happens in
V. Public worship phases
A. 1st Phase
B. 2nd Phase
C. 3rd Phase
to Christian Life
VI. Birthing a Sermon
A. When a theme of a proposed sermon is thrown against a problem, a sermonic idea may be born. When a problem is pushed against the gospel, the interaction may give birth to a sermonÉThe felt bind between need and theme is central to sermonic formÉ"
VII. Sacraments and Rituals
A. The Baptism of Believers
sign and seal of the new covenant of grace
3. Apostles' Creed
7. Sprinkling, pouring or immersion: "[Full Name], I baptize you in the in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
B. The Baptism of Infants or Young Children
and seal of the new covenant
2. Signified God's gracious acceptance and prevenient grace in Christ
toward personal appropriation of the benefits of Atonement when reaching the
age of moral accountability and conscious saving faith in Christ Jesus
the parents and church community to fulfill the desire of God for the infants
prayer and prayer of blessing
C. The Dedication of Young Infants or Children
2. Parents' declaration of faith
to parents and church community
6. Pastoral prayer: "Our loving Heavenly Father, we do here and now dedicate [Full Name] in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
D. The Lord's Supper
11:23-29; Luke 22:14-20
3. "The Lord ordained this holy sacramentÉ"
about who receives the Supper
of confession and consecration
6. "[Name] this is the body o four Lord Jesus Christ, which was broken for you, preserve you blameless, unto everlasting life. Take and eat this, in remembrance that Christ died for you."
7. "[Name] this is the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for you, preserve you blameless into everlasting life. Drink this, in remembrance that Christ's blood was shed for you, and be thankful."
of thanksgiving and commitment
E. Imposition of Ashes (Ash Wednesday)
used from palm fronds (from previous Palm Sunday)
of mark and timing
4. Traditional: "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return"
5. Contemporary options such as: "[Name], remember who you are and Whose you are"
in silence or worship
in prayers, readings, and/or songs
mean expressions of what is believed
3. "Look at the face of Christ, then look at yourself, and confess the difference"
one-on-one during public service
about priestly relationship with the confessor
hearing the confession
in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
of grace and forgiveness
is sometimes appropriate (or necessary)
G. Preparation for Marriage
who falls into love, will fall out of love and that is where the commitment
state laws for those officiating
church wedding policy
wedding and all related events