This thesis looks at the possibility of new arrangement of Christian service after many years of dialogues between culture and Gospel among the aboriginal churches in Taiwan. How can we infuse the particular music and cultural rituals of various aboriginal tribes into the church worship and services? This is a major challenge. This study aims at a new interpretation of Gospel in culture, seeks to accommodate to the contextual culture of our time by finding new forms of Christian service, and attempts at a synthesis of indigenous culture and modern elements.
The first part of the thesis examines the nature and content of Christian service through historical studies, beginning with the multi-cultural contexts of the Early Church, including various forms of worship influenced by Jewish, Greek and philosophical cultural ideas, all the way to the pluralistic forms of worship in the Reformation Era. This is followed by careful studies of the folkloric hymns and the indigenous church lives of the Paiwan Tribe, with the indigenous service of the Timur Church as major case study. The second part probes into the idea and feasibility of a synthetic service, using the creative service held at Taiwan Theological Seminary as a research model. Lastly, applying the concept of synthesis and basing on dialogues between culture and Gospel, this thesis presents a new design of aboriginal creative communion service by infusing appropriate, pluralistic and modern elements. In the process of research many reflections emerged, pointing to the urgent need of the aboriginal churches in Taiwan for more education in the areas of music, worship and liturgy and tribal cultures.