This unit examines the historical origins and development of the divine service, noting along the way its multiple connections to various Christian traditions and their interplay with culture, music, and the arts; the unique character of Australian Lutheranism and connections with Australian society being one particular focus. The unit analyses the services of the Church, as a whole and in their parts, considering scriptural foundations, ritual order, theological function, and liturgical enactment. Throughout the unit there is reference to, and use of, the various worship resources of the Lutheran Church of Australia with an aim to informed and confident preparation for the celebration of the church’s liturgy.

Unit Code: DP3213L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate familiarity with the structure and contents of authorised LCA holy communion orders and various minor services


Articulate an understanding of the origin and nature of the LCA holy communion orders as the Lutheran form of the western mass, and Matins and Vespers as the Lutheran form of the western tradition of daily prayer


Analyse Lutheran rites biblically, theologically, ritually, ecumenically and culturally


Demonstrate their ability to use the liturgical resources of the LCA to prepare for the performance of the divine service by an LCA congregation in its particular cultural and pastoral setting


Analyse and evaluate some contemporary issues impacting the worship life of Christian congregations today, and integrate this with their understanding of both the liturgical tradition and their personal experience

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: At least 36 credit points in Field D is desirable.


Combination of lecture, discussion, tutorial and seminar


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Liturgical planning exercise

1500 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Class presentation on a practical liturgical topic that examines the interplay of theology, liturgy and culture

1500 35.0

Prepare a bibliography and write an essay on one of a list of topics

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Aug, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2020-01-14 15:16:10 +1100