Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

sacrament, contemporary worship music, liturgical theology

Department

Religion

Major

Religion and Music

Abstract

This essay contends that in contemporary liturgies, a sonic sacrament of Eucharist is emerging through the medium of contemporary worship music. After laying out a theology of worship, sacrament, and participation, the article examines three major churches in Los Angeles: Hillsong LA, Mosaic LA, and Reality LA, and analyzes their liturgical practice. Based on this analysis, the author contends that American churches are exchanging the traditional sacrament of Eucharist with Contemporary Worship Music. The remainder of the article considers the implications of this shift.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Dave Lemley

Funding Source or Research Program

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative

Presentation Session

Session D

Location

BPC 191

Start Date

23-3-2018 3:45 PM

End Date

23-3-2018 4:00 PM

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The Sonic Sacrament: An Emerging Sacramental Theology of Music in Contemporary Evangelical Churches

BPC 191

This essay contends that in contemporary liturgies, a sonic sacrament of Eucharist is emerging through the medium of contemporary worship music. After laying out a theology of worship, sacrament, and participation, the article examines three major churches in Los Angeles: Hillsong LA, Mosaic LA, and Reality LA, and analyzes their liturgical practice. Based on this analysis, the author contends that American churches are exchanging the traditional sacrament of Eucharist with Contemporary Worship Music. The remainder of the article considers the implications of this shift.