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Worship and Preaching that Celebrates the Liturgical Year

Instructor: James Tiefel

The Christian calendar has its roots in the earliest days of the Church’s history as believers remembered and celebrated the great events of the life of Jesus year after year. The Christian rite, the liturgy, took its shape with the calendar in mind and provided place for readings, prayers, psalms, and hymns that complemented the words and works of Jesus in focus on particular Sundays and festivals (the Proper).

This course intends to provide pastoral worship planners and preachers with insights and information that will enrich their congregations’ celebration of the life of Christ proclaimed in the Christian year. The course will include components on 1) the themes of the calendar, 2) preaching in the context of the calendar’s Proper, 3) planning worship that complements and enhances the calendar’s distinctive themes, 4) using visual arts to accentuate the seasons and Sundays of the calendar, 5) teaching children and adults to know and appreciate the calendar, and a variety of other related topics.

Advanced Degree Program(s): STM
Area of Study: Preaching & Worship
Summer Quarter Credits: 1.5
Tuition: $600
Course Number: PW5042
Course Credits: 1.5
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