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Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
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Sunday Worship

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  • 1. Sunday Worship Christianity Depth Study
  • 2. Syllabus
    • describe ONE significant practice within Christianity : Saturday/Sunday worship
    • demonstrate how the chosen practice expresses the beliefs of Christianity
    • analyse the significance of this practice for both the individual and the Christian community
  • 3. Describe (Nature, Role, Significance)
    • Instituted by Jesus – “Do this in memory of me”
    • Gathering of community to give thanks (Body of Christ, Ecclesia, Eucharist)
    • Commemoration of the Pashcal mystery
    • Ritual which links believers to tradition
  • 4. Describe (Nature, Role, Significance)
    • In worship that involves a communion service (not all do)…
      • Reconciliation
      • Instruction through Scripture (Liturgy of Word)
      • Sharing of a sacred meal
      • Commissioning to ‘go out and make disciples of all nations’
  • 5. Describe (Nature, Role, Significance)
    • Each part is founded on a Scriptural tradition, given life in community over centuries:
      • Eg: Reconciliation as part of worship “If you bring your gift to the altar when you have sinned against your brother, leave your gift and go and make peace. Then return and give thanks”.
      • Find quotes for each part.
  • 6. The Communion Service
    • The bread and wine are symbols that are filled with everyday meaning such as…?
    • The Jewish tradition uses bread and wine as the centre piece of the Seder meal – family, law, tradition, sacred time
    • Christianity transduces Judaism through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The bread and wine become something else
  • 7. The Communion Service
    • The Last Supper is the turning point in the Easter Story. In Scripture, Jesus makes meaning for the disciples through the meal. The meaning he makes is about his sacrifice – a corporal sacrifice that allows a divine plan to unfold. The Bread and Wine become the stuff of the sacrifice.
  • 8. Communion Scripture
    • Read the accounts of the Last Supper in the four Gospels. Learn one off by heart (The priest quotes it every Sunday).
    • These words “Jesus took the bread…” are called the Words of Institution. They institute the sacred mystery, the ritual of the communion service.
  • 9. Central Beliefs
    • The central beliefs that are symbolised, celebrated and made present in Sunday worship include:
      • The Incarnation
      • Paschal Mystery
      • Body of Christ (the people)
      • The revelation of God in Scripture
      • The ‘new and everlasting covenant’
  • 10. Central Beliefs
    • The central beliefs that are symbolised, celebrated and made present in Sunday worship include:
      • For Catholics and Orthodox – transubstantiation
      • The elements of the Creed (Trinity, Church and Redemption)
  • 11. Central beliefs
    • For each Central Belief, explain how this is made present in Sunday Worship…
    • Sentence 1: the belief in context of worship
    • Sentence 2: the belief made present through and example (variant specific)
  • 12. Significance to Individuals
    • Encounter God through prayer, ritual, Scripture, community and communion
    • Establish and reinforce Christian identity
    • Deepen initiation and engagement with Christian community
    • Solace and comfort in the face of personal struggles
  • 13. Significance to Individuals
    • Opportunity for reconciliation
    • Receive ethical and religious instruction
    • Receive practical support when in need
    • Fulfill obligation to Jesus’ imperative “Do this in memory of me”
  • 14. Significance to Community
    • Establish and strengthen community identity
    • Offer practical support to community members
    • Transmit faith through teaching and experience (Catechesis)
    • Instruct in matters of ethics
  • 15. Significance to Community
    • Provide a means for spreading Christianity (commissioning)
    • Social cohesion through shared faith and values
    • Reinforcement of authority structures

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