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Where Two or Three Are Gathered: worship for Small Assemblies – Time after Pentecost – Summer

The Program Committee for Worship of the ELCIC

has commissioned Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies, a series of worship outlines for the seasons of the church year using Evangelical Lutheran Worship as the primary resource.  Each weeks’ worship orders include options for Holy Communion and Service of the Word.  Resources for the Time after Pentecost – Summer were prepared by Sean Bell, the PCW representative from the Saskatchewan Synod.

Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies – Time after Pentecost – Summer




Blessing of the Animals

Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church,

is recognized on October 4.  He is a popular saint, one recognized by both Christian and non-Christians.  Often, statues of St. Francis portray him in a garden speaking with the birds.  He had a love of nature, reflected in his “Canticle of Brother Sun.”  EvLW #835, “All creatures worship God most high,”  is a hymn text based on this canticle.

One the years, in honour of St. Francis, the tradition of “The Blessing of the Animals” is observed in many communities.  Churches, parks, and front lawns become a welcoming place for those animals that we care for or have cared for and are no longer with us.  Pastor Janaki Bandara, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Cambridge, has written a blessing that can be used in a variety of settings, opening up the church doors to the community.  She has shared her liturgy with us here, along with a “Certificate of Blessing” so that people may have a physical reminder of the day.

Although many people will find this service helpful to use on or around October 4, others communities will find that  springtime is more suitable.  Thank you Pastor Janaki for your gift.

service of blessing for pets 2018

pet blessing certificate 2018

Editor’s Note:  If you would like a template of the Pet Blessing Certificate that you adjust for your own use, please contact me at esworshipblog@gmail.com, and I will be happy to send you a copy.  Kathryn Smith

Choral Reading Session

Attention Choir directors and Choir members Join us for a reading of 12 anthems presented by members of the Waterloo-Wellington chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. –        Explore music that is being sung in our local churches that represents a wide variety of styles and voicings –  including some by local composers! –        Connect with other church choir members –        See how the lectionary can be used for music planning –        Take some new ideas home with you Join us May 26 from  10:30-noon at All Saints Lutheran Anglican Church, 210 Silvercreek Pkwy, Guelph Please let Peter West know if you are coming: pawest@golden.net

Worship and Music Conference – Crieff Hills

“Toward (Un)Common Ground: Music, Worship and Reconciliation”

is the theme of the 4th Annual Worship and Music Conference being held at Crieff Hill Retreat and Conference Centre on Friday, June 1, 2018.  All the leaders for the day have a special interest in this topic, and the day promises to be both engaging and enlightening.  See the attached poster for more details and information about registering for the day.

Crieff Poster 2018


Hearts – Hands – Voices


Sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, check out this great opportunity to this four day gathering of church musicians.  Conducting, choral leadership, assembly song, and keyboard leadership are just some of the topics that will be covered by a wide variety of musicians and worship leaders.

Hearts – Hands – Voices


Responding to Tragedy

Events, such as bus crash of the 

Humboldt Broncos hockey team and the van attack on the sidewalks of Toronto which took so many lives, can leave one reeling from the magnitude of the tragedy.  As people of God, we share int the pain and sorrow of others and lament and look for ways to express ourselves in our prayers and worship.

It is interesting to note that the theme of the 2018 National Worship Conference Responding to Disaster: Payer, Song, Presence was set many months before these two events took place, and yet speak to the need people have to craft and hear both words of lament and words of comfort.  Looking at how we respond to both natural disasters and those of human making, the conference will help us give “language and song to the emotions people experience” (words taken from publicity poster).

The local planning committee for the National Worship Conference has extended the deadline for early registration to MAY 15. Here are some responses that others are sharing with the wider community. A Lament for Yonge Street, Toronto

Allan Baer, the composer of the song, Songs for times of violence: “When Peaceful Lives are Shaken” recently shared it on the Music United Facebook page.  He writes, “The topic of human violence is hard to find in current church hymnals, and is often missing from our worship as well – other than to offer a few words of prayer as a nod to its existence. It seems so difficult to explain, let alone deal with such evil that we often just ignore it. That makes healing more difficult.”  You will find more background by clicking on the website link titled “The story behind the song.”

When you have experienced disaster or tragedy in your community, what has been your response.  Please let me know at esworshipblog@gmail.com and I will share your responses.