What’s Coming Up?

  • 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: esworshipblog@gmail.com.

    Here is a beginning list of events in Kitchener/Waterloo and Area, Toronto, Ottawa, Victoria and Washington

    Kitchener/Waterloo Area

    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.

    Circle of Learning and Song

    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 to celebrate the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, and to mark the end of the Christmas Cycle of the Church Year.  4:00 pm at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

    Leupold Chorale – Transfiguration


    February 11, 2018 – “Big Sing” of Canadian Hymns (Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society)

    During “Canada 150” there were many reminders of Canadian contributions to science and technology, sports, peace-making and the arts. Hymns are also part of the Canadian legacy. The earliest familiar song is “The Huron Carol” sung at Christmas. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” was written in southern Ontario.

    You are invited to sing these and other selections of Canadian authorship at Eden United Church, 3051 Battleford Road, (at Winston Churchill Blvd) in Mississauga. Refreshments at 2:30, concert at 3:00 P.M.

    The “Big Sing” will include selections from the Eden choir led by Bev Killen and Catherine Ambrose with narrative provided by Dr. Fred Graham. Admission is free, and parking is available.

    Please plan to attend with a singing companion.


    Ottawa and Area

    April 28, 2018 – Centered in Song

    Early plans on being made for this event where we’ll learn about The Center for Congregational Song, hear from some of North America’s top song-leaders, and sing together with a closing hymn festival. Check back soon for updates on speakers and breakout session topics. Email ccs@thehymnsociety.org for more information.


     May 21- 25, 2018 – Festival of Homiletics

    26th Festival of Homiletics – 2018 Washington, D.C.

    “Preaching and Politics”

    Be inspired by God’s Word proclaimed by some of the nation’s finest preachers and teachers. Experience the fellowship of hundreds of  preachers. Learn and worship in an atmosphere that’s dynamic, friendly, nurturing and prophetic. Come renew, refresh and recharge your spirit.

    Early Bird registration ends February 16, 2018

    Preaching and Politics – Festival of Homiletics


    July 16 – 19, 2018 – National Anglican Lutheran Worship Conference

    Sing, Pray, Presence in response to disasters

    Registration opens March 1, but mark your calendars now.








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