Learn the basics of planning worship by preparing for the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.
This item includes:
21 Live hours 60 On-your-own hours 8 Live sessions
About this program
Upon completion of this unit, the participant will have crafted a worship service that:
emerges from his/her experience with the spiritual practice of lectio divina
draws people into engaging and glorifying the Triune God and sends them out as participants in God’s mission in the world
engages at least one of the biblical stories from the lectionary for the Advent/Christmas seasons
creatively stewards the gifts of all participants in the worship service
reflects the United Church of Canada’s Style Guide for Inclusive Language and for intercultural sensitivity
have gained an understanding (historical and theological) of the purpose and structure of worship
become familiar with theological themes related to the Advent/Christmas season such as incarnation, lament and hope, hospitality
become aware of pastoral and cultural dimensions of worship
begun to develop a list of resources for crafting vital worship
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time Date TBA
Each Unit begins with an Orientation Session to help students become familiar with the technology we're using for the course. This is mandatory for new students and optional for everyone else.
Christine Jerrett and Stephen Fetter (of United-in-Learning) will introduce you to:
how the online LLWL training program works
Our online meeting platform
How to post assignments and comment on each other's work
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time, Date TBA
This webinar is for everyone in the course, regardless of which Learning Group you are assigned to. It will introduce the themes and topics for the whole Unit, and provide an opportunity to interact with a leading thinker in the denomination. Each Learning Group will be reflecting together on the issues that are raised in this webinar.
David-Roger Gagnon is an experienced liturgist, published composer and author, and educator. A commissioned Lay Pastor, he has served in numerous congregational settings, hospital chaplaincy, university chaplain, as school board chaplain, as well as elementary and secondary school chaplain. He has served the United Church as Development Officer for the former Unité des Ministères en français, and currently serves as Minister Supporting Networks and Clusters for the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council.
Six Small Group Meetings
Small groups meet every two weeks over a 12 week span
Every two weeks students are assigned 3-6 readings, videos or podcasts. Students will be asked to read/view these during the first week of each 2-week section, and write a short reflection on each of these which will be posted in a threaded discussion forum. During the second week of each 2-week section students are asked to comment on the posts of at least 2 other people in their small group.
Each 2-week section culminates with a "live" meeting on Zoom of your small group.
Meetings times for small groups will be posted when registration opens for this Unit. You'll be asked to select your group when you register