At a winter retreat at Edgewood Camp and Conference Centre, youth from Trinity New Hamburg and St James New Dundee with Pastors Anne Anderson and Bonnie Schelter-Brown gathered for Holy Communion around a stitched-together cross filled with the written prayers of the youth and a table of bread and wine with an altar cloth filled with mission statements. Their offering included the gifts of the prayer blankets for cancer patients they had made and the hats they had been given for the weekend offered back to go to ROOF. Simple ideas, but clarity around why we gather for worship — giving thanks to God and giving bread to the world!!
See more pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/trinity_new_hamburg/5368289912/in/set-72157625729700749/continue reading
How can your congregation incorporate art into your Lenten experience? Maybe a local artist will provide a piece you can borrow or rent. Sunday School & confirmation students can work on seasonal projects. Members could bring in crosses from their home. Banners may be commisioned. How about an interactive prayer station? Can you make a living display that changes from week to week? How can you enhance Holy Week services with artwork?
Browse these sites for some more ideas…continue reading
While looking around for specifically Canadian worship resources, here are the major denominational websites I’ve found.
Do you have anything to add?
ELCIC: www.worship.cacontinue reading
United Church of Canada: http://www.united-church.ca/worship
Mennonite Church Canada: http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/resources/sermons&worship/
Presbyterian Church in Canada: http://www.presbyterian.ca/resources/online/140
Anglican Church in Canada: http://www.anglican.ca/faith/worship/resources/
Lutheran Church Canada http://www.lutheranchurch-canada.ca/resources.php
Liturgy Canada: http://www.liturgy.ca/newsletter.htm
Christian Reformed Church of N America http://www.crwrc.org/pages/crwrc_worshipresources.cfm
Canadian Ecumenical Jubilee Initiative http://www.ceji-iocj.org/English/education/index.html
Canadian Centre for Worship Studies http://www.ccws.ca/serviceplans/
Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada http://www.wicc.org/resources/index.html
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JUSTICE focused PARTNERSHIPS
welcoming FRAMEWORK spirited DIVERSITY
SSee Vision for Mission 2010 – 2012 under Documents (above)continue reading
“You ever had one of those Sundays where you know you will be in church, but it will probably be low-attendance? You’re not even sure if the organist/pianist is going to make it? You think about cancelling services but know that some folks will try to come anyway?” Here’s a service designed by Rev. Mindi with some words and prayers for just a Sunday.continue reading
Augsburg Fortress has published new supplements to Evangelical Lutheran Worship for Lent and the Three Days.
These include a Worship Guidebook and a Musical Guidebook.
The worship guidebook includes a reflective commentary on the services from Evangelical Lutheran Worship for this season, and images and ideas for preaching and worship preparation, while the Musical Guidebook includes over 100 songs and responses.
Go to worship and music guidebooks for more information.
ELCA pastor and Living Liturgies presenter Susan Briehl writes about creating a worship committee. Find a clear and pastoral approach to worship planning in this article at http://www.martyhaugen.net/worshipcommitteeandwheel.pdf or click here “The care and keeping of a parish worship committee”continue reading
Several Marty Haugen songs are available for free downloading. See http://www.martyhaugen.net/free%20downloads.htm or click Marty Haugen’s unpublished songs . The song Bread for the World written for the 35th anniversary of Bread for the World is one of them, and includes the refrain, “we are bread for the world” and “may we be bread for the world.”continue reading
Recently our WLS Inshallah choir sang through the winning submission for the ELCIC/ACC Open Spirit competition called A Song for Advent by Joyce Oleson & Sten Oleson, St. Olaf Lutheran, Swift Current (see openspirit.ca for more results of the competition). This caused me to remember an article by Marty Haugen about writing music. I offer it to you in the hopes that you might redirect it to those among your communities who are interested in hymn writing. We need new hymns that speak about God’s justice in our time, about God’s love for the world today. You’ll find Haugen’s article at http://www.martyhaugen.net/Composer%20article.pdf or click here Writing Well, Getting Published .continue reading