Worship Reflection Sheets
       for Confirmation Students

How to Understand What You Experience in
           Christian Worship

                 written by
           The Rev. Beth I. Ernest

                                     The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                             WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 1

Name: ________________________                    Date: _____________

During this worship service, use your eyes and ears. Ask yourself lots of questions about
anything you don't understand about what is said or done. List three questions you have about
content, style, meaning or order of worship:




Give any guesses you may have to answer your questions. Discuss them also with your family.




                                                                          The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                              WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 2

Name: _________________________                    Date: ______________

The longest part of the service is spent on scripture and the sermon. This is because Protestants
(which we are) emphasize the Bible. Covenanters affirm “the centrality of the Word of God.” The
sermon is meant to be an explanation of the scripture reading and/or an attempt to help us gain
strength from the reading for our daily lives.

1. What are the scripture readings? ____________________

2. Are they from the Old or New Testament? _______________

3. Look at the reading the sermon seems to be based on. What kind of reading is it? (check one
of the following)

poem ___ story ____ parable ___ letter____ law ___

4. Who is speaking in the story or reading? (Jesus, Paul, Moses, gospel writer, etc) _________

5. What is the title of sermon?

6. Do you think the sermon helped you understand the reading? Why or why not?

7. What do YOU think the reading helps you understand about God?

                                                                           The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                               WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET #3

Name: ________________________                       Date: _____________

Let's continue to work on understanding the sermon. Sometimes there is an introduction, two or
three main points illustrated by stories, and a conclusion. Other times the sermon follows the
biblical reading closely, almost point by point or action by action. Try to follow the way the sermon
is written and the logic the speaker is using to outline the sermon's major points. Write your
outline or detailed notes below and on the back so that if someone were not in worship today, they
would know exactly what was being said and the conclusions made.

Title: _________________________                     Scripture _______________________

                                                                              The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                              WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET #4

Name: ________________________                     Date: _____________

There are several types of sermons. Some are “theological,” that is, they try to help us
understand what we as Christians believe about God. Some are “expository,” that is, they help us
flesh out what the Bible reading means. Some are thematic or topical, for instance, a sermon that
deals with grief, raising children, or prayer. Others are prophetic, encouraging us to live in
obedience to God's commands to fight oppression, help the poor, and lift up the brokenhearted. A
funeral “eulogy” praises the dead and preaches the good news of the resurrection of the faithful.

What kind of sermon did you hear this morning? _____________________________

Please outline the sermon in detail again. This helps you learn to listen to and understand them
better. (Continue on the back...)

Title:________________________________________ Scripture: _____________________

                                                                            The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                               WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 5

Name: ________________________                       Date: _____________

Prayer is important to Christians. Prayer is talking to God. We can pray as individuals or as a
faith community. We use prayer to praise God, thank God, to confess to God, and to ask for help
for ourselves or others (prayers of intercession).

A typical worship service usually has several prayers:
1. Opening prayer
2. The Lord's Prayer
3. Silent prayer
4. Prayers of the people
5. Pastoral prayer
6. Prayer of dedication for the offering

Some services will include an invitation to “the sinner’s prayer” or a prayer to accept Jesus as

In the case of a baptism, communion, a wedding, or confirmation, the number of prayers will differ
and may include prayers of confession, and prayers to bless bread and wine or baptismal water
or the couple being married.

Concentrate on the prayers of the people or pastoral prayer. What needs are being raised by?
What is being prayed for? Do you hear words of praise? thanksgiving? confession?
intercession? Does the prayer invite us to remember the rest of the world and other Christians?

Describe the prayer:

If you had to write the opening prayer next Sunday which begins our worship, what would you

                                                                              The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                                WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET #6

Name: ________________________                      Date: _____________

Music has been used to praise God since the early days of the faith. The choir or worship/praise
team’s job is to lead the congregation in singing and to present anthems or songs which help us to
worship as a group. An old saying says: "She who sings, prays twice!"

Look in your program or hymnal for the hymns or songs used today. (Write them down if there is
no written order of worship.) Are they special to any time of the church year or have any special
theme? Look in the hymnal or on the screen to learn who wrote the lyrics/words (top right name in
hymnal) and what tune does it have (bottom right capital letters in hymnal)? Who wrote the tune
(bottom right in hymnal, end of song on screen)? Some hymns will have scripture references at
the top because they are taken from the Bible. "Tr." means the hymn has been translated from
another language.

For example, “The Strife Is O’er” Covenant Hymnal, #257 Theme: Easter              Tune: VICTORY
Composer: Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina Lyrics: from an old Latin text
Translated by Francis Pott

The numbers after hymn tune refer to number of syllables in each line: “8.8.8. with alleluias.”
We call it "meter." By knowing this, we can sing one hymn to different tunes. (This is why the
theme song to “Gilligan’s Island” can be sung to “Amazing Grace”!

Fill in the following for today's hymns or songs:

Hymn _______________________________ Nr. _______ (if available)
Theme: _________________
Tune: __________________     Meter: _______________________
Composer: _______________    Lyricist:________________

Hymn _______________________________ Nr. _______ (if available)
Theme: _________________
Tune: __________________     Meter: _______________________
Composer: _______________    Lyricist:________________

Hymn _______________________________ Nr. _______
Theme: _________________
Tune: __________________     Meter: _______________________
Composer: _______________    Lyricist:________________

What is your favorite hymn or worship song and why?

                                                                            The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                               WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 7

Name: ________________________                        Date: _____________

Children have different worship needs than adults. They bring a lot of imagination and curiosity to
worship. They also find it hard to sit still and listen for long periods of time. Children can't always
follow logical statements or arguments. What is effective for children might even be boring or
pointless to adults. These factors make preparing a good children's story hard, I think!

Listen to the children's story today. What was it about?

Do you think it effectively reached the children? Why or why not?

If you were giving a children's story next week on theme of forgiveness, what would you do and
say to the children?

                                                                                The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                          WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 8 - Baptism

Name: ________________________                        Date: _____________

The Evangelical Covenant Church recognizes two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's Supper, or
Holy Communion. For this assignment, sit up close so you can observe the baptism first hand.

Who is being baptized, a child, infant, or adult believer?

Is the one being baptized sprinkled with water or immersed under water?

Who goes forward with the one to be baptized?

In whose name is the person baptized?

What do the parents or the one being baptized promise to do?

What does the congregation promise to do?

Is confirmation mentioned in the baptismal liturgy?

Have you been baptized and if so, what does your baptism mean to you? Ask your parents why
they had you baptized. If you have not been baptized, do you want to be and why?

                                                                            The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                       WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 9 - Communion

Name: ________________________                      Date: _____________

Communion is often served the first Sunday of the month in Covenant churches. Come early.
Before the service, the elders or deacons are usually the ones to prepare communion and set up
the communion table. Go and watch them for a bit. They may also be the ones who help the
pastor serve. Ask one of them what it is like for him/her to do this and why they are the ones who
do this job. (Write your answer below.)

Signature of elder/deacon ____________________________

Listen carefully to the communion liturgy. What story is told?

Who blesses the elements (bread and wine/juice).

Who is allowed or invited to take communion in your church?

Does your church use individual cups to share the juice or one cup? What type of bread is used?
What might other churches use?

When the minister publicly breaks the bread, what does this symbolize?

Read Matthew 26:26-29. How are these words used in the communion service?

Why do Christians celebrate the sacrament of communion?

How do you feel about taking communion?

                                                                             The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                      WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 10 - Different Church

Name: ________________________                      Date: _____________

Visit another church and observe everything about it. Note what is similar and what is different.

Name, place, and denomination (if any) of church:

What day of the week and time was the worship?

Who led the service? (Pastor? Priest? Lay readers? Worship leader? Men? Women? Youth? etc.)

Did they sing and how did they know the words? (hymnal, missal, screen, handouts, memory,

Was there a choir, worship band, or song leader? What instruments were played?

What kind of building did the congregation meet in? What did it look like? (Draw a picture on the

Was there a cross?

Was there a rail or wall in front of the altar?

Was communion served and were all invited to participate or only members?

If communion was served, how did they do it?

Did you feel welcome? Why? Why not?

Please answer on the back:
   1. What was the major difference between this church and ours?
   2. Were the ideas in the sermon something you might hear in our church? Why?

                                WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 11
                                                                             The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008

Name: ________________________                     Date: _____________

Let's look at the offering today.

Why do we sing the "Doxology" after the offering? (Hint: doxology means "words of praise.”)

Look at the annual report provided for you in your notebook. What does the money in our church
go toward?

Where do you think the money should go?

Read Luke 21:1-4. What should our attitude be about making our offering to God?

Read Leviticus 27:30-32. What does it say about how much we should return to God?

Look up the word "tithe" in a dictionary. What does it mean?

What would it mean for you to give 10% of your income/allowance to the church?

                                                                           The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008
                          WORSHIP REFLECTION SHEET # 12 - Easter

Name: ________________________                       Date: _____________

Easter is the most important Christian holiday or festival. How is this reflected in the service?

Think about the hymns or songs as you sing them. What do they talk about?

What story does the scripture reading tell?

Easter sermons usually discuss very distinct themes. What is the theme of this sermon?

Observe the people around you. Is it the “regular crowd”? Why would all kinds of people come to
church on Easter when y don't come or times?

What ideas do you have for getting these people to come each week, instead of just on Easter?

Name as many different things about today's service as you can.

                                                                               The Rev. Beth I. Ernest, 2008

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