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dc.contributor.authorWolf, Garrett David
dc.date2022
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-02T17:18:28Z
dc.date.available2022-05-02T17:18:28Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10898/13585
dc.description.abstractThe contemporary American Christian setting is often described as a secular age, where the religious is often sequestered to specific places, people, and times. The sacred is regularly thought to be secluded to sanctuaries as opposed to something present and accessible everywhere. To counter the secular liturgies in which people are regularly immersed, the church must discover ways to help move people towards envisioning a different story. Our public worship gatherings are the primary places liturgy can be used to practice, rehearse, and envision our entire lives as being wrapped up into God’s story of reconciliation, redemption, and restoration of all things. By reimagining the liturgical element of passing the peace, this project explores how the story of God conveyed in liturgical public worship connects with the lives of parishioners. The research involves a qualitative method and uses a focus group consisting of eight laity from King of Kings Lutheran Church, who might be moved to seeing the sacred more in their daily lives. This project analyzes how liturgy can be reimagined to act as a tool within our public worship gatherings and church to shape and orient people towards the movement of God in bringing shalom to earth. Over a two-month period, interviews were used to evaluate the impact on the participants before and after each shared their testimony of experiencing the peace of Christ in their life during the passing the peace portion of a weekly public worship gathering. The conclusion of the project is that the focus group members who participated in the project were able to envision the sacred more in their daily lives because of their participation. While this research project did not enable them to define liturgy as the work of the people, their participation did immerse them more discernably into the story that public worship conveys. Finally, for future church development, this research project encourages exploring how liturgy in a variety of forms can help guide people to envision themselves in the rich story and sacredness of God’s presence everywhere.
dc.publisherMercer University
dc.subjectTheology
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectLiturgy
dc.subjectMcAfee School of Theology
dc.subjectPeace
dc.subjectSacred
dc.subjectSecular
dc.subjectStory
dc.subjectWorship
dc.titleA Story to Tell: A Study on the Impact of Peaceful Storytelling Within Liturgical Worship
dc.typedissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2022-04-28T16:04:52Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
refterms.dateFOA2022-05-02T17:18:28Z
dc.contributor.departmentMcAfee School of Theology
dc.description.advisorDeLoach, Gregory
dc.description.committeeDeLoach, Gregory
dc.description.committeeWilletts, Jeffrey G
dc.description.committeeMassey, Karen G
dc.description.degreeD.Min.


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