Preaching for Worship and Mission (2)

Field: Liturgy
Unit Code(s): DL2100T   
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 2)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face only
Prerequisites: Two units in Biblical Studies AND at least one unit in Systematic Theology
Content: The unit is a practical study of preaching in the context of worship. The focus of the unit will be on preaching the Scriptures within specific liturgical occasions. A further component of class sessions will be the examination of sample sermons from historical and current sources. Students will develop a critical framework for understanding the nature and purpose of preaching, building on foundational skills in biblical studies and theology. They will also understand the relationship of preaching to its context in worship and express this understanding by preaching a sermon to the class.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • interpret the biblical text within the context of the ongoing Christian theological tradition
  • generate homiletic proclamation from biblical text
  • assess critically different uses of the Scriptures in sermons
  • describe the place of preaching within worship, and particularly (though not exclusively) the eucharist
  • articulate the specific social and religious contexts out of which a particular sermon arises and to which it is addressed
  • communicate through effective oral and visual means.
  • Oral presentation of a sermon of 15 minutes to class (30%)
  • 2,000-word essay (35%)
  • 2,000-word sermon (different from oral presentation) (35%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Countryman, L.W. Interpreting the Truth: Changing the Paradigm of Biblical Studies. Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 2003.
* Craddock, F.B. Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1985.
DeLeers, S.V. Written Text becomes Living Voice: The Vision and Practice of Sunday Preaching. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004.
Edwards, O.C. A History of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2004.
Janowiak, P. The Holy Preaching: The Sacramentality of the Word in the Liturgical Assembly. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
Lischer, R & W. Willimon, eds. A Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.
Long, T.G. Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1989.
Lowry, E. The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form. Rev. ed. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 2001.
* Williams, R. ‘The Sermon’ in S. Conway, ed. Living the Eucharist. Affirming Catholicism and the Liturgy. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2001, pp. 44-55.
Wilson, P.S., ed. The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.