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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 resource for Easter was prepared by Lorraine Reinhardt, BC Synod.
We hope you find these outlines helpful in your worship planning.
Worship, Liturgy, Song, Being Together
There are a number of workshops, conferences and day long events that those involved in worship leadership will find inspiring and enriching. Check out these events in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Grand River Ministry Area, the Ottawa Ministry Area and from Liturgy Canada.
2018 Institute of Liturgical Studies
Now celebrating its 69th institute, each year during the second week of Easter, clergy, musicians and other worship leaders meet at Valparaiso University for the Institute of Liturgical Studies, three days of continuing education, worship, community and renewal.
Plenary presenters Jessicah Krey Duckworth, Paul Hoffman, Maxwell Johnson and Craig Satterlee will engage us in these questions of baptismal meaning and renewal for our own time. Practical workshops around this theme geared to pastors, musicians and worship leaders will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday.
A highlight of this institute is the opportunity to worship in Valparaiso’s Chapel of the Resurrection. The liturgies used for worship will offer eucharistic and other prayer offices to help us reflect on how we are formed by the gift of baptism. The Harre Student Union will be the home for the institute’s registration, plenary presentations, meals and exhibits. Its proximity to the chapel makes walking distances accessible and convenient.
It is not too late to register! Registration and information about workshops, seminars, worship and the schedule are available at valpo.edu/ils.
Grand River Ministry Area
A Worship Leadership Event
It Takes a Village…
Trusting and Inspiring One Another
To Become an Effective Music Ministry Team
2 Stimulating Workshops for Clergy, Musicians and Lay Leaders
“Beyond the Bench: Essential Skills for a 21st-Century Music Ministry” – Chris Fischer, Pastoral Musician, Knox Presbyterian Church, Guelph
“From ‘Me’ to ‘We’: Clergy-Musican Relationships and Implications for Worship” – Rev. Jacquie Foxall, Minister, Knox Presbyterian Church, Oakville
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec Street, Guelph
Ottawa Ministry Area
You are invited to Ottawa to participate in an upcoming Centered in Song event, as part of the Center for Congregational Song Launch Tour. Watch for a similar event to be held in Toronto later this fall. Visit the following sites for more information and to register: (more…)continue reading
Readings for Sunday of the Passion and Good Friday
Thank you for Dr. Rev. Kimberlynn McNabb for sharing these resources for Holy Week. Pastor Kimber McNabb is the pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Halifax, Dean of the Atlantic Ministry Area, and Sessional Instructor at the Atlantic School of Theology.
If you have a prayer, song, lament or other piece that you written that you would like to share, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace to you in this Season of Lent,
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Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song and Presence
is the theme for a timely and meaningful worship conference to be held in Victoria, BC, July 16 – 19, 2018. All Anglican and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada parishes, clergy, music leaders and worship planners are invited to register for the conference beginning March 1, 2018.
This year’s National Worship Conference aims to assist us, as people of faith, in responding liturgically, theologically and ritually to natural disaster (earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane), all of which are increasingly impinging upon our experience; as well as disasters of human making, such as terrorism and violence. Often, in such situations, it is the church that is called upon to give language and song to the emotions people experience. We will bring our rich traditions together and give voice to the unspeakable.
Our conference worship will be shaped by lections that help give expression to an overarching theme: From Dissonance & Lament toward Transformation & Harmony. Over the course of the conference, worship will move from a cathartic outpouring of grief and frustration to a place of greater calm in the face of a still chaotic world; mirroring through music and spoken word, the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
This conference promises to be a powerfully moving and uplifting experience for all who attend. We hope you will join us.
Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller
Theologian, musician and liturgical writer exploring rites for use with the sick and dying, considerations of sacred space, popular religiosity and contemporary ritual issues. She is currently the Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology at Huron University College at Western University in London, Ontario.
Lead Musician – Mr. Chad Fothergill
Organist, composer, writer and doctoral musicology student, researching the Lutheran Cantor tradition in both its Reformation-era and present-day contexts.
This conference is for you!
Musicians & Liturgists
This conference provides unique opportunities for musicians and Liturgists to share and network ideas and resources. As this is a conference about worship much of our time in plenary and worship will draw upon the musical history and energy we share in the Anglican and Lutheran traditions, and of course beyond those traditions.
Rural and Urban
We understand that both rural and urban church communities are vital centers of ministry and mission; that they have a story and resource to share, and that together we are the church. This conference has been designed to address the particular needs of both rural and urban churches across our country.
Register at: http://www.nationalworshipconference.org
To promote and share information about this conference, visit this link to a dropbox folder where you can access promotional materials to help us spread the word about this exciting conference happening July 16-19 in Victoria BC. We encourage you to share on Facebook, twitter, bulletin boards, weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters.
Why Liturgy? An online Lenten pilgrimage.
Have you ever wondered why we say the things we say, and do the things we do during worship? If so, as your Lenten practice this year you might consider taking an online pilgrimage through Evangelical Lutheran liturgy.
Starting Ash Wednesday, the website https://www.whyliturgy.ca will be posting about 200 words each day on a different part of the liturgy. Each post contains insights on the origins and theological underpinnings of a part of the liturgy. Posts will be accompanied by photos taken in the Holy Land, Turkey and Rome; and at St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church (Kitchener) and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
The journey is being shared by Mirko Petricevic, the seminary’s director of communications and public affairs. He created the visual study guide while working toward a Master of Theological Studies degree at WLS. The project was supervised by Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, who now serves as the seminary’s principal-dean.
You will be able to also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Links to social media platforms are available on https://www.whyliturgy.ca. StoneMir Media is the name Mirko uses for his freelance projects and labours of love.
Event from Liturgy Canada
The fourth in our series of conferences on the ordo. This session will focus on The Meal. Why is this meal the centre of Christian life? How can consumers of communion become celebrants of communion? Workshops will focus on Table Song; Including Children; Making Space at the Table and the Material of Worship.
For parish worship teams or individuals. It does not matter if you have not attended one of the previous conferences, so please join us!
Registration is now open! realpresence4.eventbrite.cacontinue reading
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. Resources for Lent were prepared by Carolyn Ethier, Synod of Alberta and the Territories.
We hope you find these outlines helpful in your worship planning.continue reading
Image courtesy of Richard Lyall/engageworship.org
Many blessings on your Lenten journey. Attached is a list of some of the online resources available to help you with your worship planning in this season. You will find prayer suggestion, preaching helps, music ideas, devotional materials, and children and family resources.
Have you ever wondered what is happening worship wise in other Ministry Areas of Synod? A new monthly feature of the Eastern Synod Worship Blog will be a listing of upcoming worship and music events occurring around the synod, as well as nationally (and even some international events!). My hope is to build a place where people can learn what others are doing, and to provide a comprehensive list of events that may be of interest to rostered ministers and laypeople who are interested in worship.
The activities may range from worship services to conferences to retreats to workshops. It will include:
- Workshops, Seminars, Retreats, Conferences – especially focusing on preaching, music, worship, prayers, etc….
- Ecumenical and Joint Worship events (Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Prayers for the Holy Land, Reformation, Lenten Services/Events, to name a few)
- Installations, Ordinations, Consecrations,…
If you have any ideas of events that could be included in this list, please forward them to me at: email@example.com.
Here is a beginning list of events in Kitchener/Waterloo and Area, Toronto, Ottawa, Victoria and Washington
January 28, 2018 – Circle of Learning and Song
St. James Lutheran Church, Elmira at 2:30 pm with Inshallah, Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers) and some of our Six National neighbours. Hear about our Eastern Synod partnership with the Six Nations community to develop the Music for the Spirit program for youth.
February 10, 2018 – Worship Come to its Senses
Explore songs, texts, and a combination of verbal and non-verbal ways to communicate our worship with Don Saliers, author and distinguished professor emeritus of theology and worship at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Co-sponsored by the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Anabaptist Learning Workshops at Conrad Grebel University College, and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.
For more information and to register, click here.
February 11, 2018 – Service of Lessons, Carols & Choral Music
On the Festival of the Transfiguration, the Leupold Chorale will host a Service of Lessons, Choral Music, and Carols (more…)continue reading