Liturgy and Prayer in Church Worship TRS2022

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course develops student competencies in planning, writing and producing worship materials including spoken liturgies, prayer and rituals and leading these in the context of Christian Worship.


10 x 2 hr classes across 1 semester, with a mixture of lecture and seminar combinations. (10 hrs lecture/10 hrs of seminar) as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of any TRS level 1 course Grade D3 and above or at the discretion of the Head of Theology and Religious studies

Excluded Courses

TRS 2008, Worship & Liturgy 2

TRS 3040, Worship, Liturgy and Preaching Non-Honours

TRS 4082, Worship, Liturgy and Preaching Honours


■ An essay on liturgy and the human life cycle of 1000 words (40%)

■ A critical self-evaluation of a class delivered original liturgy incorporating the appraisal and feedback, the evaluation form completed by the appraiser, an annotated resources list demonstrating the reading and e-resources consulted during preparation, any other non-written materials used in or associated with the class presentations. 1000 words exclusive of liturgy text, evaluation form and annotated resources list (60%) 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ extend student competence in the planning and production of worship materials including spoken liturgies, prayer and rituals.

■ explore the significance of worship and ritual in relation to the human life cycle

■ examine resources which are helpful in the construction of Christian worship

■ develop student competence in crafting material appropriate to key activities within a Christian worship service.

■ support the development of writing, and presentation skills through active practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify key principles used in the writing and delivery of spoken liturgy and prayer

■ critically review liturgical material and rituals used for a significant event in the human life cycle

■ employ a variety of web and text-based resources for researching and constructing worship materials

■ evaluate their own materials and practice as a worship leader and supportively critique the work of colleagues.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.