COS 413 - Worship and Sacraments

July 10 - 18, 2014

Instructor: Faith J. Conklin
Contact: / (760) 745-5100

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Course Description

This course is designed to explore orthodox and contemporary understandings of the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. It’s also designed to examine the place of sacraments within the preaching, worship and community life of the congregation and to enhance the congregation’s understanding and appreciation of them in the life of faith.

Course Objectives

  1. Examine biblical and theological meanings of Baptism and Holy Communion.
  2. Explore ways to ways to integrate preaching and the sacraments within the worship both as teaching and transformational experiences.
  3. Examine and critique our own theology and practice of the sacraments.
  4. Critique and evaluate traditional and contemporary ways and forms of presenting the sacraments in worship and the life of the congregation.
  5. Assist one another in identifying resources, needs and opportunities to enrich and extend our understanding of worship and the sacraments.
  6. Explore the rhythms and themes of the Church’s liturgical year as related to the sacraments

Required Textbooks


United Methodist Book of Worship/United Methodist Hymnal

Gayle C. Felton, United Methodists and the Sacraments, Abingdon, 2007

Laurence Hull Stookey, Baptism: Christ’s Act in the Church, Abingdon, 1982

Laurence Hull Stookey, Eucharist: Christ’s Feast With the Church, Abingdon, 1993

Laurence Hull Stookey, Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church

Mark W. Stamm, Sacraments and Discipleship, Discipleship Resources, 2001

Suggested Textbooks

William H. Willimon, Word, Water, Wine and Bread, Judson Press 1980

William H. Willimon, Sunday Dinner, Upper Room Books, 1981

William H. Willimon, Remember Who You Are, Upper Room Books

William H. Willimon, Peculiar Speech, Eerdmans, 1992

Barbara Brown Taylor, The Preaching Life, Cowley Publications, 1993

Mark W. Stamm, Let Every Soul Be Jesus’ Guest, Abingdon, 2006

This class requires homework to be turned in before the class starts:
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