Senior Project Advisor
Literally, the word "liturgy" means "the work of the people." It is a word commonly used to describe the organization of how to celebrate the Eucharist. This organization at the most basic levels may be nothing more than two people agreeing on a time and a place to meet, but almost always, as is the case with the liturgy I organized, it consists of much more. Before I get to ahead of myself, though, I think it is important for me to note that I suspect that this liturgy I have organized is not complete. That is, it is a complete service, but I do not believe that it has finished its maturing process. I think if
in six months or six years or a lifetime, I were to look at the words, the order of service and the physical layout of the space contained in this work, I would think some parts of it were simply wrong and should not be included at all, or should at least be altered in some way. The reason for my thinking that my liturgy has not fully matured, is that my personal theology has not fully matured, and liturgy is a way of acting out a theology. I don't know if my theology will ever fully mature. I honestly don't even know what it means for a theology to "fully mature." Nonetheless, I do have a theology today, and the liturgy I organized is a direct result of my beliefs about who I am in relation to God. This relationship is demonstrated symbolically in many ways throughout the service, including the organization of the space of worship, the sounds of the worship, and the actions of worship.
Swedberg, Taylor, "The Work of the People: A Liturgy for the Church" (2003). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 337.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Lord's Supper (Liturgy)
student projects; term papers
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