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Why Do We Do What We Do?

Publication Date:
3/19/2008
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Youth Study, Youth Study
Product Number:
TC5019

In places across the country and across the world, people gather in groups, some small and some large, to worship God as they understand God. The specific liturgies, styles, length, frequency, and theological understandings of Christian worship have, since its inception, ranged across the gamut. While many Christians probably give little thought to why or how their denomination or organization has come to worship in the way it does, it might interest you and your participants to know a little about your own histories.

In addition, as each of you have gathered or will gather to share in your own worship experiences, it is helpful to give consideration to why you are participating, what you believe about worship, and how God's grace is made known through the act of worship.

This one-session study for teens invites participants to reflect on what they like and don't like about worship, examine a Sunday bulletin from their congregation, and learn about the different elements of worship. They are then encouraged to plan an outline for an ideal worship service in which they'd like to participate. A number of alternatives are given for the lesson, including outings as well as conversations with congregational leadership about worship.

Brent Parker is Director of Student Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington, Texas, working with junior and senior high students and their families. He also serves as a retreat leader, spiritual director, and youth ministry consultant through This Way Ministries, http: //www.thiswayministries.org .


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