SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
BY UNDERSTANDING YESTERDAY’S.
These chapters portray the origins of the traditional Sunday worship service that grew up in Europe, still used today by Catholic churches, and adapted by Lutherans and others. The many creative ideas used over the years in the service provide precedents for introducing variety to bring out the original intent and impact of each part.
ONE: SHARING THE LIVING WORD Who invented the structure of today’s service?
TWO: SHARING THE VISIBLE WORD Why do Christians come together for worship?
THREE: PRAYER IN JESUS’ NAME What’s the background of the prayers in the service?
FOUR: PSALMS WITH A PURPOSE How Psalms accompany the actions of the service.
FIVE: HYMNS THAT BECAME STANDARDS The five major texts repeated week after week.
SIX: OTHER ELEMENTS — USED EACH WEEK and characteristics of a liturgical service
SEVEN: COMBINING THE ELEMENTS How the changeable and standard parts come together.
EIGHT: THE REFORMATION What Luther kept and what he changed.
NINE: ONGOING RECOVERY How traditional worship began to be restored in the 1800’s.
TEN: VARIETY WITHIN FAMILIARITY Precedents for variety in the first part of the service.
ELEVEN: MORE VARIETY WITHIN THE FAMILIAR STRUCTURE for the second part.
TWELVE: FREE SERVICES USING THE TRADITIONAL STRUCTURE
How to create a new service using principles of the historic service.