The Six Chief Parts in Worship—Unit 1

Grade 5—Unit 1

Tools:
Presentation Software (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides)

Reference Material:
Luther’s Small Catechism (found in back of the Student Book as well as in LSB), Lutheran Service Book (or TLH or LW if LSB is not available)

Objectives:

  • Recognize, in the perfect life Christ lived for us, a righteousness He gives to us as He takes our sins away.
  • Understand the Means of Grace and find where we receive those means in the Divine Service.
  • Trust that God gives us His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit to help us understand what is essential.

Duration of Project:
This project may take upwards of a week to two weeks in conjunction with your teaching in Unit 1. It would be wise to introduce the project either just before, or just after, Lesson 9.

Activity:
As students learn about the Six Chief Parts of the Catechism, it will be important to tie each of these to our worship life. Using your presentation software of choice, have students create a slide for each of the Six Chief Parts of the Catechism. Students should include on each slide a description of each part, where we see this part of the catechism in the liturgy, an image, and a brief description of what the connection is between the chief part and the liturgy. You can choose to have students either give their presentations or just turn them into you for feedback. You could always print them out and display them somewhere outside your room in groupings of each part of the Catechism.

  1. The Ten Commandments—Sermon (Law/Gospel)
  2. The Creed—Confessed during the service (before or after the sermon, depending on the hymnal and setting)
  3. The Lord’s Prayer—Prayed during the Service of the Sacrament
  4. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism—Baptismal Service (LSB, p. 268)
  5. Confession—Confession and Absolution at the beginning of the service
  6.  The Sacrament of the Altar—The entire Service of the Sacrament

Think about this as a great time to connect with a parish pastor on doing a mini-lesson over the liturgy and its connections to Luther’s Small Catechism.

Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students are creating their slides, they are more than likely going to include some digital imagery. Introduce your students to Creative Commons and what different types of licenses are used for. After you have a mini-lesson on Creative Commons, have students use the Advanced Google Image search to limit their results to different types of images that are licensed under Creative Commons.

Differentiation:
For students who are not comfortable with the digital side of this project, you can offer the alternative for them to create a “slide” in a single poster. They can work with the art teacher in your building on design and layout. Be sure to identify students who may have trouble finding the information in the hymnal.

For students who will have a difficult time drawing a connection between the Six Chief Parts and the liturgy, guide them with questions. For example, for a student who doesn’t see where Confession is in the service, ask, “Where do we confess how we have been wronged and then hear the pastor proclaim that our sins are forgiven?”

For students who needs the activity extended, have them do the following:

  • Record audio for each slide of their presentation.
  • Upload the recording to YouTube.
  • Share the video using #OICtech