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Liturgical Worship Class Offered

Liturgical Worship 
Section One
June 28 and 29, 2011

Church of the Redeemer
920 Caldwell Lane
Nashville, TN  37204

Class begins at 9 a.m.
Breaks for lunch at noon
Resumes at 1 p.m.
Ends at 4 p.m.

Registration is required
This course is offered free of charge
A $50 donation to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund would be appreciated, if it would not be a financial burden to you.  You can give this on the first day, if you would like.
Registration is due on June 23rd.
To register, send an e-mail to Fr. Thomas McKenzie at
Tell me your name, cell phone, and e-mail
If you are on facebook, send me a link to your profile.  We will have a facebook group for the class so that we can connect before, during, and after the class.

If you don’t live in Nashville, we can make hotel arrangements for you.  We can get you $65 per room per night at a local hotel.  We could find a family for you to stay with, though availability will be limited.  When you register, please inform us if you need help finding a place to stay.

Who should come?
The class is especially for those interested in planning and leading worship in the Anglican tradition.  The newly ordained or those in the ordination process, as well as members of church staff will find this class beneficial.

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to liturgical worship, especially Holy Eucharist.  Students will be introduced to

  • Concise overview of the history of Christian worship.
  • Theology of liturgy, and the Eucharistic liturgy in particular.
  • Physical space and objects used in worship.
  • The Prayer Book tradition.
  • Planning Eucharistic worship.
  • The influence of the Church Calendar and Lectionary on worship preparation.
  • The homily as an element of worship.
  • The practical aspects of leading worship in this tradition.

What is not covered.
Given that this class is only 12 hours long, we will not be able to cover important liturgical topics such as baptism, weddings, funerals, morning and evening prayer, and special services (Christmas Eve, Holy Week, etc.).  If this class goes well, I would like to offer a class on these topics in the future as Liturgical Worship Section Two.

What to bring.
You will want to take notes for this class.  So bring a paper notebook or a laptop computer, or both.  During the class, I’m going to provide some digital documents which I expect you will find quite valuable.  You will not need a copy of the Book of Common Prayer, 1979, but if you have one of your own you will be able to make notes in it, if you like.

Library Recommendation
Here are some books that all Anglican clergy and would-be clergy should read and own. They will aid you greatly in your life/role as a priest in the Anglican Church. I do not expect you to read these before the class, but the more you do read the more you will get out of what we do.  The books with the asterisk are the most essential.

  • The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 *
  • The Book of Common Prayer, 1662
  • Lesser Feasts and Fasts
  • The Book of Occasional Services
  • The Hymnal 1982
  • Prayer Book Rubrics Expanded, Byron Stuhlman
  • A Priest's Handbook, Dennis Michno *
  • A Dictionary for Episcopalians, John N. Wall *
  • Worship Without Words, Patricia Klein
  • The Study of Liturgy, Edited by Jones, Wainwright, Yarnold and Bradshaw
  • Ancient Future Faith, Robert Webber

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