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  • Liberated by God’s Grace …to be neighbour


     

    This year’s synod assembly focused on the freedom

    we have been given in Christ to love our neighbour.  The themed session were an exercise in contextual theology as we listened closely to our neighbours inside and outside the church, set within our times of praise and prayer.  (Debbie Lou Ludolph, Worship Ministries Director, original quote published in The Eastern Synod Assembly Edition).

    Each of the worship missals is attached to this article.  You are invited and encouraged to review and use the prayers, songs and bible studies that are provided.  At the end of the each missal is a list of permissions and resources.  Please credit the original authors for any resource  that you are using.

    Our thanks to the Worship Planning Team of:  Debbie Lou Ludolph, Jonah Bruce, Sherry Coman, Rev. Steve Hoffard, Bradley Moggach, Cherub Philip, Kathryn Smith and Robb Wilson.

    Thursday June 21, 2018

    Opening Worship – Bishop Michael Pryse with Rev. Rosalyn Kantlah^nta’ Elm presided, National Bishop Susan Johnson preached.

    …to be neighbour I– Multi-faith neighbours, with Bible Study by Rev. Dr. Allen Jorgenson

    Friday June 22, 2018

    Morning service – LGBTQIA+ neighbours

    …to be neighbour II – Race relations, with Bible Study by Dr. Mary Philip (Joy)

    Saturday June 22, 2018

    …to be neighbour III – Homelessness and Addiction, with Bible Study by Rev. Dr. Allen Jorgenson and Dr. Mary Philip (Joy)

    Sunday June 23, 2018

    Closing Worship – National Bishop Susan Johnson presided, Bishop Michael Pryse preached

    If you have any questions about the missals and or resources, feel contact Kathryn Smith at esworshipblog@gmail.com.

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  • Book Review – Leading Worship Matters

    Augsburg Fortress has published a number of books

    under the “Worship Matters” banner.  Being both a book junkie and someone who is passionately interested in liturgy and worship, I just couldn’t resist getting these books.  I have found all of them helpful and easy to read and use, but there is one in particular that has proven very beneficial in the area of worship leadership.  Leading Worship Matters: A Sourcebook for Preparing Worship Leaders is written for the person training the worship leaders, but includes many helpful handouts and resources for those who will be taking on worship leadership roles.

    The book clearly ascribes to the belief that worship leadership is the responsibility of the entire assembly gathered for worship, referring to Principle 8 in The Use of the Means of Grace, a statement on the practice of word and sacrament, adopted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA):  “All the baptized share responsibility for the proclamation of the Word and the formation of the Christian assembly.”  The introductory pages continue with theological, missional and practical reasons for including lay members as worship leaders.  What I appreciate, though, is that at no time do the writers take these roles lightly, but rather emphasize training and reflection.  As stated in the introduction,”Leading worship is not, of course, simply a matter of standing up and directing traffic; it is a ministry that requires prayer, thought, and practice” (p. 9). Another important point – there is no expectation that every congregation needs to follow an exact formula.  The content of the book is applicable to a broad range of contexts, leadership, and worship styles.  For example, in the chapter on Communion Ministers, there is acknowledgement that there are as many ways to distribute communion as there are assemblies, and the emphasis is placed on being gracious and graceful ministers, “caring for this meal as something both precious and familiar” (p. 125).  The tips In the “Tips for Communion Ministers”, include:  Serve with grace and purpose; Serve with joy; Worship while you serve; Know that you are serving Christ”  (p. 133).

    The various worship leaders roles covered in the book include: Assisting Ministers, Readers, Intercessors, Acolytes, (more…)

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  • Where Two or Three are Gathered Resource – Time of Creation

    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 week’s worship orders include options for Holy Communion and Service of the Word.

    The Time or Season of Creation is increasingly being recognized by churches across the world. It is now designated each year between the Day of Creation, September 1, and the festival of Francis of Assisi, October 4. This year there are five Sundays to recognize this seasonal emphasis on the goodness of God’s creation and God’s calling all people to care for the earth and its climate.

    Clink on the link Where Two or Three are Gathered  for visual and musical suggestions, a simple order for worship, prayer and liturgical choices from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) and other sources.

    See last weeks post for additional resources.

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  • Centered in Song – Toronto 2018

    An invitation from The Centre For Congregational Song

    to learn about this groundbreaking resource centre. You will hear from some of Toronto’s top song leaders and hymnologists and sing together in a “Big Sing,” celebrating the diversity of the church’s song.

    September 29, 2018

    9:30 am

    310 Danforth Ave, Toronto

    The price is right – FREE – but please register to ensure the venue has enough space for everyone.

    For more information and to register:  Centered in Song – Toronto 2018

     

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  • Free Webinar: All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative Vol. II

    Led by Mark Burrows and Brian Hehn

     

    The exciting sequel to All Hands In is here! And here’s your chance to learn from composers Mark Burrows and Brian Hehn as they lead this webinar hosted by Sacred Choral Editor Katie Houts. Mark and Brian will show you how to maximize your use of drumming resources in fun and creative ways. Join the session live at noon (central) Thursday, Aug. 30.

    Click on this link to register:  REGISTER

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  • Season of Creation

    Sovereign of the universe,

    your first covenant of mercy was with every living creature.  When your beloved Son came among us, the waters of the river welcomed him, the heavens opened to greet his arrival, the animals of the wilderness drew near as his companions. With all the world’s people, may we who are washed into new life through baptism seek the way of your new creation, the way of justice and care, mercy and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW, p. 81, Prayer for Creation and new creation)

    From September 1 to October 4, Christians from around the world unite to pray and care for creation.  It’s the Season of Creation.  The theme this year is “Walking Together.”

    Resources are available from many of our ecumenical partners, including those that have been created within the Eastern Synod.  Follow the various links to find resources appropriate to your community and context.  I encourage to share how your congregation remembered the Season of Creation.

    ELCIC:  http://elcic.ca/timeforcreation/

    From this link find resources for:

    Liturgies: Including the Eastern Synod 2016 Assembly Creation Not For Sale liturgies. The Thanksgiving Prayer, written by Rev. Dr. Kimber McNabb is also included in this resource;  and the Right to Water Liturgy used on Parliament Hill during the 2013 Joint National Assembly

    Hymns, Prayers, Studies (including a Blessing of the Animals liturgy), Suggested Activities and links to other ecumenical resources.

    ACC:  https://www.anglican.ca/publicwitness/season-of-creation/

    Here you will find lectionary notes based on the Revised Common Lectionary, Hymn Suggestions using a variety of hymnal resources (unfortunately not including Evangelical Lutheran Worship), and a Sample Liturgy.

    Season of Creation:  http://seasonofcreation.org

    This is the main page for knowing what is happening internationally, and for finding a “Season of Creation” 2018 Celebration Guide, produced in partnership with many of our international ecumenical partners, including Lutheran World Relief and the World Council of Churches.  A further explanation of this year’s theme is available, as well as additional worship and prayer materials, and a blessing for pilgrims.  The guide is online, and as well there is a downloadable PDF version available.

    Sing the Circle Wide:  The Inshallah songbook published in 2016 contains a number of songs suitable for using during the Season of Creation, including “The Earth does not belong to us”, “To God our thanks we give”, and “For the Beauty of the Earth,” traditional words set to a Chinese folk tune melody.

    Blessing of the Animals:  The Season of Creation ends on October 4, The Feast Day of St. Francis.  It has been traditional in some communities to celebrate a “Blessing of the Animals” on or around this date.  See the posting of May 22, 2018 for a service of Pet Blessing prepared by Rev. Janaki Bandara and a sample certificate that can be used for people to remember the day.  In addition, refer to the Blessing of the Animals liturgy mentioned above available on the ELCIC website.

    May we grow more mindful of the world we have been entrusted with during this Season of Creation.

     

     

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  • Relationships with God

    In the following sermon, Deacon Scott Knarr writes

    about his call to diaconal ministry, using imagery of consecration and covenant, especially the covenant we share with the Haudenosaunee people.  Scott has provided us words to ponder and a way to live in hope and in relationship with all of God’s creation.  Thank you, Scott, for sharing this sermon with us, which was first preached at the February 28, 2018 Open Door service at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

    Knarr – SermonFeb282018

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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

     

     

     

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  • 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

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  • 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

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