Christian Practices: Forms of Worship 2


What is the nature of worship?

Hello all, in this our final segment on Christian Practices we will consider worship. Last session we looked at: The nature and significance of liturgical, informal and individual worship: Matthew 18:20. The nature and importance of prayer: The Lord’s Prayer. This final session will consider: set prayers and informal prayers, different forms of worship across the different Christian traditions with reference to Society of Friends and Evangelical worship

Recap Questions

What are the two major Christian festivals?

Easter and Christmas

What are the two types of baptism?

Infant and Believers

What are two Christian sites of pilgrimage?

Walsingham and Taize

What data is used to assess the faith of the UK?

census

What do some point to as evidence that the UK is a Christian country?

Traditions, UK laws, festivals observed by many e.g. Christmas and support of the local community e.g. use of church halls.

  • To investigate forms of worship.
  • To understand and apply new terminology.
  • To consider different forms of worship in specific denominations.
  • Method to record learning – word document or pen and paper
  • Keep a log of work and send a copy to your teacher via e-mail if possible, if not hold on to until you see your teacher in person. (It should take 30-60 mins).
  • Additionally you can mail work to: RSWordpress@clf.uk

Tasks

Task 1
Prayer is communication with God and how Christians receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is viewed as a two-way method of communication that gives comfort as God is listening and may send messages back.

The mnemonic ACTS and I can be used to remember five key themes in Christian prayer:
Adoration – praising God, eg “Dear God, I know that you are all-loving…”
Confession – saying sorry, eg “Please forgive me for the horrible things I have said about…”
Thanksgiving – thanking God, eg “Thank you for the amazing weather this week…”
Supplication – asking for something, eg “Please give me strength to…”
Intercession – praying for someone who is ill, eg “Please remember my cousin, who is ill, and help them to heal after their operation.”

Using the information above make your own notes on ACTS and I.

Task 2
Using the following information supplied from BBC Bitesize, create two fact files on styles of worship. Using the following success criteria:

Titles: Evangelical worship and Society of Friends (Quakers)
Subtitles:
* How do they worship?
* What does this mean for the experience of the believer?

Evangelical worship
Worship in Evangelical churches is non-liturgical worship . Services are informal and focus on the Bible and the adoration of God. Services can attract huge congregations, so often large auditoriums are used. These services often feature pop-style music played with instruments including electric guitars.
Many Evangelical Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is present when they worship, actively inspiring what happens during the service. This means that services can be quite spontaneous and unscripted. Evangelical Christians may clap, sing or shout at any point during a service as they worship God with their whole body, not just their mind.

Society of Friends (Quakers)
Members of the Society of Friends denomination of Christianity are also known as Quakers. Rather than holding services in churches, Quakers worship together in meeting houses. Meetings last about an hour and have no set hymns, prayers or sermons. Everyone worships as equals – there is no leader and worshippers usually sit in a circle to show that there is no hierarchy.
Quakers spend most of their meetings in silence, using the time to connect with God. However, one of the worshippers might voice a thought for everyone to think about, for example: “How are you involved in the work of reconciliation  between individuals, groups and nations?” If someone wants to stand up and speak, either in response to the thought or on wider topics, they are free to do so. This is called giving ministry.

Task 3

If you feel you need any additional support with this unit, review Christian Practices with the link below, pages 193-218.

Summary

In summary worship is at the core of Christian practice. Matthew 18:20, is a quote you need to know and be able to apply to different exam questions linked to Christian practice and worship. Worship is paramount to Christian practice, the Lord’s Prayer and different types provide engagement and variety for believers to access.

Extras: Test yourself – use the following exam board supported website – Seneca, to assess your understanding on this topic.

https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/e25138c0-e857-41d4-894c-3d9c3b18a914/section/17c58827-6e8d-4eab-8a3f-5d921dfb094b/session


Exam Question

‘Explain why Christian worship is important. 8 marks (C type question)
REMEMBER: One possible exam technique – PEA x2
P – make a point.
E – explain idea with supportive evidence – quote, key vocabulary.
A – apply idea – how does belief affect an individual, group or community?
Repeat
Must include accurate and relevant reference to scripture or sacred writing.