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  • Preaching on Social Issues

    The Journal of Lutheran Ethics is now offering a series entitled “Preaching on Social Issues”. The introductory article by Shauna K. Hannan, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, suggests reasons why social issues are often avoided in the pulpit  and that this series is designed to help preachers discern when and how to move from being a voice of “objective” analysis to a voice of prophetic proclamation. She argues that this will “certainly aid us as we stake our Lutheran claim as a public church responding publicly to the world through proclamation and action.”

    Subscribe to this series at http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Journal-of-Lutheran-Ethics/Subscribe.aspx or click here  Journal of Lutheran Ethics — subscribe .

    Preaching on Social Issues

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  • Litanies and Prayers centred on HIV/AIDS and Malaria

    The ELCA has produced a set of litanies and prayers centred on the concerns of HIV/AIDS and malaria in the world, including prayers for annual commemorations (World Aids Day is December 1, 2010). Written by: Ms. Jennifer Baker-Trinity , the Rev. Sarah Bolick-Lang, the Rev. Christopher Duckworth,the Rev. Christine Merkel Nessel, the Rev. Jennifer Phelps Ollikainen and the Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash. Also, prayer petitions (in the style of the week’s Prayers of Intercession from Sundays and Seasons 2011 resources) are provided to use bi-weekly throughout the church year alternating between prayers for HIV/AIDS and Malaria.  See www.sundaysandseasons.com.  Click here to find the pdf of this resource Prayers regarding HIV/AIDS and Malaria .

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  • World Aids Day liturgy

    World AIDS Day 2010 provides a timely Advent opportunity to reflect upon the reality of the HIV pandemic today and to pray for renewed passion, wisdom and action to uphold the human dignity and rights of all people living or at risk of being infected with HIV.  You will find liturgical resources developed by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance for use on or around 1 December 2010  at http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/hivaids/world-aids-day/. Resources centre around the idea that medicines alone are not enough; a comprehensive and sustainable response to HIV must also involve the protection of human dignity and rights, including the right to food.

    HIV and AIDS Campaign

    The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS based in Geneva. For more information, see Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance .

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  • Restorative Justice Week

    Restorative Justice Week resources

    At this site you will find prayers and resources for celebrating our common call to restorative justice. The theme for this year provided by The Correctional Service Canada (CSC) – Chaplaincy Branch and Restorative Justice Division and The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) is Reflexions: Past, Present and Future. This year’s Restorative Justice week will take place November 14 to 21, 2010.

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  • Kairos Preaching: Interview with David Schnasa Jacobsen

    The Academy of Homiletics has posted a podcast interview with Waterloo Lutheran Seminary  Professor David Schnasa Jacobsen about his new book,Kairos Preaching:  Speaking Gospel to the Situation (Minneapolis:  Fortress, 2009), which he co-wrote with Prof. Robert Kelly.  You can view the podcast here: Kairos Preaching .

    The book was developed out of a class that Jacobsen and Kelly taught together at WLS, “Congregational Preaching.”  Prof. Jacobsen says, “The book is about preaching the gospel in those situations where something must be said:  crises, funerals, social injustice, etc.  How do we name the gospel when a situation like that arises in the parish?”  The podcast will be available at the Academy of Homiletics website for the next few weeks. Their book is available from Augsburg Fortress.

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  • Calvin Institute for Christian Worship: Symposium

    The Calvin Institute for Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan hosts an annual symposium in January which is attended by worship leaders from around the world.  This year’s theme is “Every Time I Remember You” (Philippians 1:3) and like other years is designed to be an opportunity for “fellowship, worship, and learning.”   The conference runs from January 27 – 29, 2011. For more information visit Calvin Institute Worship Symposium .

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  • Year A worship planning guides now available

    Sundays & Seasons 2011, Year A is now available from Augsburg Fortress.  This worship planning resource presents the propers, prayers, introductions to the day, alternative worship texts, ideas for the day, worship helps, and suggestions for involving children in worship. Included are week-by-week hymn suggestions, as well as lists of worship music for adult and children’s choirs, keyboard, handbell choirs and praise ensembles.

    A CD-ROM version, called Words for Worship 2011, Year A, contains texts and graphical files with content from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. It also includes week-to-week elements from Lectionary for Worship Year A, Revised Common Lectionary; Sundays and Seasons 2011; and the Psalter for Worship Year A.

    Words for Worship 2011 includes week-to-week elements from Lectionary for Worship Year A; Revised Common Lectionary; Sundays and Seasons 2011Psalter for Worship Year A, Evangelical Lutheran Worship Edition; and Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. On the single CD-ROM inside you’ll find:

    • a User Guide (in a printable pdf format)
    • biblical lectionary texts linked to the appropriate Sunday, weekday, or festival
    • Evangelical Lutheran Worship psalms, psalm tones, and refrains (melody lines only)
    • seasonal liturgical texts, including prayers of intercession
    • other seasonal materials to enhance worship
    • weekly reflections based on the gospel reading
    • calendar of festivals and commemorations with brief descriptions of those commemorated
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  • Open Spirit hymn competition

    The ELCIC and the ACC are seeking to encourage and cultivate the creativity of authors and composers among us.  The contest is open to all members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada and Anglican Church of Canada.  Entries may consist of

    • Original music with original text

    • Original texts set to existing music

    • Original music for an existing text

    For more information, visit www.OpenSpirit.ca .

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  • New offertory song introduced at National Worship Conference

    Jesus invites us to feast is an offering song by Tricia Coldren, pastoral liturgist at St Mark’s (Kitsilano) Anglican Church in Vancouver.  She generously offers it to be used to the glory of God.

    Tricia led morning prayer on Wednesday at the ELCIC/ACC National Worship Conference in July and included this offering song. She taught it in 2 parts, the soprano melody line and the bass line, and as marked, sang it with energy.  She used her hands to indicate pitches rising and falling as she taught us.  Once the two parts had been learned, we sang it several times together (no piano or other instruments). Tricia has learned much about congregational song and worship from the workshops offered by St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal community in San Francisco. www.allsaintscompany.org

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  • Psalm text set to Québécois tune by Matthew Anderson

    Psalm 103, set to a Québécois tune by Matthew Anderson, pastor of the Eastern Synod in Montreal, as a gift to the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song, was first introduced by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary global music choir Inshallah at St John’s Lutheran Church, Montreal, in April, and then at LutherHostel in June. Find the music and lyrics, as well as an excerpt by Inshallah, of  Generations Tell Each Other at www.openspirit.ca , the ELCIC/ACC site for original congregational music and lyrics.  And then you’ll need to find the congregation member who wants to play the spoons!! Enjoy!

    Bless the Lord all that is in me, slow to anger, steadfast love;

    Generations tell each other: love and mercy from above.

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