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Creative Project for Essentials Red

December 15, 2008
For The Institute of Contemporary and Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephens University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course with Dan Wilt.

My creative project consists of two corporate liturgical readings- 1.) an adaptation of a prayer of praise written by Lancelot Andrewes and 2.) an adaptation of Psalm 98 and 150.

Two concepts served as the springboard for my creative project.
1. Scripture is a language that we use in our expressions of worship to God.

The psalms are a rich resource that we may use in worship. As White reminds us, the psalms can serve as an invitation to worship, express our wonder at what God has done, is doing or will do, or retell the salvation of history.¹ God’s Word is living. Through the Holy Spirit, God reveals something about Himself to us. Our response is worship.

2. We can learn from Christ followers who lived before us, as we look to offer our worship to God.

A few summers ago, I ran across a reference to Lancelot Andrewes, specifically, what Christ followers may learn about worship through reading his devotions. His writings exude the influence scripture had in his life.The liturgical reading is taken from parts of his private prayers for Sunday ‘preparations for public worship’.

The first reading (the Andrewes’ adaptation) is intended for use at the beginning of a season of time our church will enter into next year. The adaptation of Psalm 98 & 150 is intended for use at the conclusion of the season, a invitation to worship at a celebratory service.

¹James White. Introduction to Christian Worship. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000),168.
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