This unit examines the historical origins and development of the divine service and analyses the services of the Lutheran 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: DP2012L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

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


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

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 2 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit uses teaching strategies (verbal and musical performance [singing] of liturgical text, structured reading and discussion, tutorials and seminars) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Day, Juliette, and Benjamin Gordon-Taylor, eds. The study of liturgy and worship: an Alcuin guide. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.
  • Kleinig, John. Course notes for Lutheran liturgics. Revised/supplemented by Linards Jansons. North Adelaide, SA: Australian Lutheran College, 2010.
  • Lathrop, Gordon. Holy things: a liturgical theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1993.
  • Lutheran Church of Australia. Lutheran hymnal with supplement. Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Publishing House, 1989.
  • Lutheran Church of Australia. Commission on Worship. Biblical and theological resources, accessed 24 January 2019.
  • Maschke, Timothy. Gathered guests: a guide to worship in the Lutheran Church. 2nd ed. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2009.
  • Precht, Fred, ed. Lutheran worship: history and practice. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 1993.
  • Senn, Frank. Christian liturgy: catholic and evangelical. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1997.
  • ——— . Introduction to Christian liturgy. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2012.
  • Wainwright, Geoffrey. Doxology: the praise of God in worship, doctrine, and life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Liturgical planning exercise

1125 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

A practical examination of the interplay of theology, liturgy and culture

1575 35.0

A study of the history, theology and/or practice of Lutheran worship

1800 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000