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  • Prayers with people of Fort McMurray

    As we pray for the people in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas, here are some guides from Albert Synod Bishop, Larry Kochendorfer.  Bishop Larry writes — Perhaps the following might guide our common prayer:

    Emergency workers (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 85):
    God of earth and air, water and fire, height and depth, we pray for those who work in danger, who rush in to bring hope and help and comfort when others flee to safety, whose mission is to seek and save, serve and protect, and whose presence embodies the protection of the Good Shepherd.  Give them caution and concern for one another, so that in safety they may do what must be done, under your watchful eye.  Support them in their courage and dedication that they may continue to save lives, ease pain, and mend the torn fabric of lives and social order; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

    Protection through life (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 86):
    O God, full of compassion, we commit and commend ourselves to you, in whom we live and move and have our being.  Be the goal of our pilgrimage, and our rest by the way.  Give us refuge from the turmoil of worldly distractions beneath the shadow of your wings.  Let our hearts, to often a sea of restless waves, find peace in you, O God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

    A prayer of Julian of Norwich (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 87):
    In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.  In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.  You are our mother, brother, and savior.  In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvelous and plenteous grace.  You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.  You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.  Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.  Amen.

    “The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

    In Christ Jesus –
    + Larry

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  • Pentecost, Time after Pentecost and Summer Worship

    As we prepare for Pentecost and the Time after Pentecost, it is good to remember how the Holy Spirit is moving, prodding, swirling and living amongst us.  The attached list of resources cover so much more than just Pentecost.  You will find new resources from Kairos directly related to our ongoing commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation process.  Perhaps you are looking to add some more visual items to your worship – you will find links to a variety of resources.

    We also are looking forward to 2017 and the Commemoration of the Reformation.

    The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), in cooperation with a group of noted theologians, have jointly developed a Common Prayer to mark the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017.

    Follow the link to download this new resource from LWF and PCPCU.

    Enjoy your summer.  May you find time to rest.

    Pentecost and Time after Pentecost 2016


    Kathryn Smith



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  • Pray for Jerusalem

    Day Of Prayer For Jerusalem And The Holy Land

    Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are invited to pray for peace for Jerusalem and the Holy Land on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

    The ELCIC lifts up the 7th Sunday in Easter for this day of prayer and joins with full communion partner, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), who also designates the 7th Sunday in Easter to pray for peace for Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

    ELCIC congregations and ministries are encouraged to use the following prayer resources from the ELCIC and ACC:


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  • Great Vigil of Easter 2016


    Easter Vigil

    Easter Vigil

    The Rev. Eric Dyck, blessing the new fire.

    Easter Vigil at St John’s Lutheran Church, Montreal.

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  • Singing the Change!

    Singing the Change: Music Ministry that Transforms Lives is a one-day interdenominational conference for worship and music Leaders: Pastors, Directors, Organists, Choirs and Praise Teams. See attached poster for details.

    Friday June 10th, 9:30 – 3:30 pm, Crieff Hills Conference Centre


    Crieff Poster 2016

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  • Liturgy Canada conference examines “Gathering”

    Liturgy Canada is beginning a four-part series of worship conferences this spring at Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton. The first conference, Real Presence: the Gathered Community, will be held on April 23 from 9:30 – 3:30. It will focus on Gathering – the other three will be Word, Meal, and Sending – and will ask serious questions not only about the ministry of welcome, but also questions about how we are as a gathered people. Music, architecture, and the rituals we use as a gathering and gathered community will be examined.
    “I’m really excited about this one,” writes Rev. James Brown, Lutheran member of the planning team. “The opportunity to spend time sharing ideas about worship with people who think critically about worship is rare!”
    Note that there is a special rate for students and there is also a group rate for parishes that wish to send several to this event.  For more information, go to Liturgy Canada: Gathering.
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  • Poverty, Wealth and Worship Conference

    Yale Institute of Sacred Music:
    “Poverty, Wealth, and Worship” conference
    New Haven, Conn.
    July 19-21

    Now in its sixth year, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Congregations Project is expanding its reach and condensing its program to a three-day conference format, July 19-21, on the Yale campus in New Haven, Conn.

    The ecumenical, practice-oriented conference is open to leaders of congregations from all denominations who seek to strengthen their ministries of worship, music and the arts. The selected theme, “Poverty, Wealth, and Worship,” serves as the focus for worship, lectures and workshops, as well as the work shared by participating congregations. This unique conference model draws on and draws together the distinctive gifts of pastors, musicians and lay leaders at every step along the way.

    Faculty will include James Abbington, Kenyon Adams, Dorothy Bass, Rita Ferrone, Martin Jean, Luke Timothy Johnson, Don Saliers, Mark Sedio and Bryan Spinks.

    More information and registration are available at

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  • Trial Resources for Easter

    The General Synod of 2010 mandated Faith, Worship, and Ministry to establish a Liturgy Task Force to work on the revision of our contemporary language liturgical texts. This Task Force has, in turn, been authorized by the Council of General Synod to release the first phase of its new texts for trial use and feedback as they become available. These draft materials are encouraged for use where permitted by the diocesan bishops.

    Individuals and congregations who use the trial texts are encouraged to submit feedback to the Task Force. Please email answers to the feedback and evaluation questions to



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  • Resources for Holy Week and Easter

    Blessings in this season of Lent.  May you find time for personal devotion and growth, as well as time to live out our baptismal promises:

    • to live among God’s faithful people
    • to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
    • To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
    • to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
    • and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.  (ELW, p. 236)

    I came across a new website, that was just launched for Ash Wednesday, called ‘Grow Christians:  a community of disciples practicing faith at home’.  Grow Christians  Their site states:

    Together, we aim to create an online community of discipleship focused on the practical details of life at home. Gathering reflections, stories, images and recipes from diverse Episcopalians, this group blog inspires generations to come together as they celebrate the presence of God through the Christian year.

    The site will be active during the season of Lent, with regular updates, and then they will be evaluating to see if there is a need for this type of resource.  The Resources tab had a number of interesting books listed.

    For Holy Week and Easter, please explore the resources in the attached list.  You will find links to prayers and liturgies, commentaries, music, worshiping with children, and resources for other events that occur during this season, such as Vocational Sunday and Earth Day.

    Holy Week and Easter Web Resources 2016


    Kathryn Smith

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  • Diaconal Sunday, February 28

    Diaconal Sunday – February 28, 2016

    Celebrating witness expressed through service (diakonia) and leadership offered by the ELCIC’s diaconal ministers.

    Sunday, February 28 is Diaconal Sunday, the day the ELCIC celebrates the witness expressed through service (diakonia). Through our baptism all Christians are called to share God’s word and to serve our neighbours in Christ’s name. It is also a day to recognize and give thanks to God for the men and women who serve in official calls as deacons in our church.

    Find resources here:

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