This was the discussion question that each student had to answer: After

This was the discussion question that each student had to answer: After completing the assigned reading in this module, select one of the periods of history (Early Church, Medieval Period, or Reformation). Discuss the worship practices during that time and make application to present day worship practices.
The student must then post 2 replies of at least 200 words. Please be positive when replying. Please reply separately.
Student 1
In each period of church history, elements of corporate worship have both changed and remained the same. During the Reformation, key figures established several worship practices that look similar to those implemented in churches today. Martin Luther played a large part in this, with the introduction of his “95 Theses.” According to History.com, these theses communicated that “God intended believers to seek repentance and that faith alone, and not deeds, would lead to salvation” – in addition to comments on indulgences.[1] Obviously, these assertions had a huge impact on worship during the resulting Reformation. In his article “The Reformation of Worship,” Aaron Denlinger establishes a few key identifiers of Reformation worship: “the Reformers acknowledged the importance of letting – or rather, hearing – God speak in worship … The faith by which sinners are justified leans upon God’s promise of forgiveness in Christ … [C]entral to worship must be God’s proclamation, through the mouthpiece of His ministers, of His promise (the gospel).”[2] Our worship today resembles Reformation worship in the sense that we crave to hear and experience God’s presence through our corporate worship – in preaching, music, and more.[3] These qualities of Reformation worship were put into practice in numerous ways, but one particular worship practice that was affected was communion, or Eucharist. Denlinger indicates that “[t]he Reformers denied that proper observance of the Supper entailed the priest … they were agreed in seeing the Supper as an occasion for God to give an extraordinary gift – indeed, his very Son – to those prepared by a God-given faith to receive it.”[4] This looks very similar to communion today – while the pastor does play a part in explaining communion, it exists out of a personal relationship and communion with Christ. John 6:33 indicates that God is the source of communion with His people: “For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33 [NIV]). While worship practices changed greatly throughout time, it is helpful to have history to look back on when studying and experiencing worship in churches today.
 
[1] “Martin Luther and the 95 Theses,” History.com, accessed May 31, 2022, https://www.history.com/topics/reformation/martin-luther-and-the-95-theses.
[2] Aaron Denlinger, “The Reformation of Worship,” Ligonier.com, accessed May 31, 2022, https://www.ligonier.org/posts/reformation-worship.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.
Student 2
The worship in the Protestant Reformation is essential because it has influenced the worship music we have today. Before the Reformation, there was the Roman church that only sang in Gregorian Chant. Gregorian Chant is hard to read and understand. In “The Music of the Protestant Reformation,” written by J. F. Rowbotham: says, “choristers required a six years course of study before they could reckoned competent singers.” That is a long time before someone can lead worship in a congregation. I would honestly be tired of taking six years of learning how a Gregorian Chant works. The Gregorian Chant is in Latin, and it has a specific melody that follows.
Marin Luth has changed everything around. He believed that the whole church should be able to sing songs that were easy to learn and understand. If we think about worship today, it is easy to play songs and for the congregation to sing. Martin Luther changed the style because he wanted the church to be more upbeat. Martin Luther turned secular songs into Christian songs. Martin Luther wrote the hymn A Mighty Fortress is our God. Martin Luther translated everything into German. 
Martin Luther has started to change the view of worship music. At first, only the choir sang, but now everyone can sing. That is the importance of Martin Luther; he wanted the whole congregation to sing and learn the music. Worship music should be a way where everyone can gather and sing songs together. His perspective on worship is that anyone should be able to learn a hymn. Rich, poor, young, or the old should be able to sing and worship God as one voice. Luther said, “let us have a voice that will enter not only into the vaults of our churches, but into the cottages of our labouring man.” Since we are God’s creation, we should be able to praise God no matter where we are in life.