Reflection on a Worship Service

Your assignment is to write a theological-historical meditation on a church service of your choice (but not a school chapel service). My goal is to help you draw connections between the history and doctrine we've been learning in class, and the Christian practice that goes on in the worshiping Church.

How does the church's symbolism show the church's self-understanding? How does it reveal its historical and theological legacy? How does this community's worship purposefully remember its past (i.e., how his this worship service a form of Christian historiography)?

Please include the printed program of the worship service you attend, so I can follow along. If none is available (or if the program is not descriptive enough), outline it yourself. Don't forget details like the name and denomination of the church, which service you attended, and so on.

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Uh-oh! What if the service seems historically novel and theologically poor?

Please keep your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. As always, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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