The Divine Service in Action—Unit 6

Grade 5—Unit 6

Tools:
Prezi or other presentation software

Reference Material:
Lutheran Service Book, Faith Alive Student Bible, Worshiping with Angels and Archangels: An Introduction to the Divine Service, Heaven on Earth: The Gifts of Christ in the Divine Service

Objectives:

  • Recognizing that liturgical worship begins with Confession and Absolution, we admit our sins, receive forgiveness, and thereby may come before the Lord.
  • Hear the Word of God and receive His Sacraments; then respond with praise and thanksgiving.

Duration of Project:
It is recommended that you span the entirety of Unit 6 for this project. Introduce it at the beginning of the unit, and have it due to be completed by the end of the unit.

Activity:
What a blessing we find in the Divine Service. It is such a Lutheran distinctive to know that God bestows upon us His Means of Grace when we gather. Unit 6 will help your fifth graders begin to understand why we Lutherans do what we do, say what we say, and sing what we sing!

Using Lutheran Service Book as your base, explain to students that they will be creating a diagram that explains each part of Divine Service: Setting One in LSB.

One great resource for your students will be Worshiping with Angels and Archangels. It is recommended that your school purchase a copy for each classroom if students do not have access to this book . It would be beneficial to have multiple copies for students to use during the unit. It might even be a great resource to present as a take-home item for each student during the year.

Cover these parts of Divine Service: Setting One:

  • The Preparation
    • Invocation
    • Confession and Absolution
  • Service of the Word
    • Introit
    • Kyrie
    • Hymn of Praise
      • Gloria in Excelsis or
      • This Is the Feast
    • Salutation and Collect of the Day
    • Old Testament Reading
    • Gradual
    • Epistle
    • Alleluia and Verse
    • Holy Gospel
    • Hymn of the Day
    • Sermon
    • Creed
    • Prayer of the Church
    • Offering
    • Offertory
  • Service of the Sacrament
    • Preface
    • Sanctus
    • Prayer of Thanksgiving
    • The Words of Our Lord
    • Proclamation of Christ
    • Lord’s Prayer
    • Pax Domini
    • Agnus Dei
    • Distribution
    • Post-Communion Canticle
      • Thank the Lord or
      • Nunc Dimittis
    • Post-Communion Collect
    • Benediction

Seeing the layout of everything that students will cover may be daunting for them, so it is okay to chunk it up. It will be very important to have access to Worshiping with Angels and Archangels for this unit as a resource. Having students read through each section and then writing a description in their own words will be the most valuable part of this project.

It is recommended to use Prezi for this project, though it is not required. The reason Prezi will go well for this project is the ability to layout the information as a graphic organizer or concept map. This will allow students to have a space that can grow to any size needed to fit all of their information. It also gives them more freedom for the amount of content that they put into their presentation. Because this will not be presented live in the classroom, it can be used as an informational piece to share with others.

Digital Citizenship Connection:
Because you are working with a lot of material that is under copyright, it is important to use those materials only in an informational sense. Having students describe each part of the Divine Service in their own words will be important. Spend time with students during the lesson and before they publish their work live to the web to make sure they have respected the copyright of the work they are learning from.

Differentiation:
This project is a large task for students. I would hesitate to give it to them with only a few days to work on it. It is recommended to start this unit at the beginning of Unit 6 and have it due at the end. This will make your lessons more meaningful as students progress through the liturgy.

One large thing to consider is what mode the students will use to display their knowledge. While Prezi is the preferred method for this project, it is possible that Prezi could be a distraction to students who need the information displayed in smaller chunks. Remember that this is a visual representation of the Divine Service.

Consider giving the project out in three phases: Preparation, Service of the Word, and Service of the Sacrament. Dividing up the project into smaller pieces may help students focus on the specifics. You may also wish to have students turn in three separate creations that can be merged into one at a later time.

As with anything, students will need individualized attention to make sure they are understanding the content at their pace. Be sure to step in when scaffolding is needed for students, both as they struggle and as they excel.

For students who will excel with this project, consider bringing in the book Heaven on Earth: The Gifts of Christ in the Divine Service. Direct them to read chapter 9 and use the graphics in that chapter as a reference to spur ideas for them in this project.