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  • Advent 2017 Resources

    FROM KATHRYN SMITH: PCW representative, Eastern Synod  
    The Program Committee for Worship of the ELCIC has commissioned a series called 
    Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies
    It is a series of worship outlines for the seasons of the church year
    using Evangelical Lutheran Worship as the primary resource. 
    We begin with the season of Advent.
    Please find attached worship outlines for each of the four Sundays of Advent.
    One set of outlines includes Holy Communion, and one set of outlines is for Service of the Word.
    These outlines are prepared by Michèle Barr, from the Manitoba Synod.
    We hope you find these outlines helpful in your worship planning.
    You can also access the outlines from
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  • New songs to teach by rote

    At the synod/seminary sponsored Music Makes Community event this past summer, I taught a number of songs along with teaching practice skills that are part of the MMC core principles. Here are two you-tube clips that could help you teach these pieces paperlessly — both are found in Inshallah’s songbook “Sing the Circle Wide” published last November, available from Sperling’s Church Supply in Waterloo.


    Who will set us free? (well suited to Advent)

    Palestinian Hallelujah (well suited to singing at the time of the Gospel Acclamation when you are speaking about the synod’s relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land or making prayers for peace in Palestine/Israel)

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  • a cappella singing

    Jamie Courtney, Minister of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hamburg, reminds us of the gift of a cappella singing:  “A cappella,” when translated from Italian, doesn’t, in fact, refer to the absence of instruments. ‘In the manner of the church/chapel’ is the simplest translation. Wisely, our understanding of voices-only singing, has its roots right here, in the worship space.” (Trinity Dove, 2013)

    Join Dr. Wendell Glick as he draws from practices and postures of an a cappella congregational singing tradition to provide perspectives that can help enable the congregation’s voice in accompanied traditions. Considerations will include strengths and challenges of incorporating unaccompanied singing in worship settings, examining textural priority (congregation vs. organ vs. choir, etc.), use of physical space, leadership strategies, formative patterns, congregational buy-in, and listening tips.

    November 13, 7 pm, WK United Mennonite Church, Waterloo.

    For more information, see Singing Faith – Nov 13 2017 FINAL

    Sponsored jointly by the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and The RCCO Waterloo Wellington Centre chapter.

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  • Wild Goose resources for Advent

    Check out the books and downloads for Advent and Christmas published by Wild Goose, Iona’s Publishing House.    Wild Goose Advent Resources



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  • John L. Bell in Toronto!

    John L. Bell will lead a congregational sing

    “The Unsung Jesus”

    on Monday evening October 23rd

    at 8 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 

    1585 Yonge St (just north of St. Clair Avenue).

    This event is free and open to the public.

    There may be a freewill offering.

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  • LITURGY CANADA workshop “Real Presence”


    Real Presence:  Responding to the Word is the third of five Anglican – Lutheran Liturgy Days and the first to be held in Waterloo. Consider bringing your worship and music planning team to this event.
    Date:  Saturday, September 23rd
    Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    Place:  Renison University College
    Plenary speaker:  Rev Canon John Hill
    Registration deadline:  This Friday, September 15
    Cost and additional details are found on the attached flyer above.


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  • Creation Resources for Prayer


    Kairos letter September 1 posts Creation resources for prayer and action. See http://

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  • Summer Hymn Festivals in Waterloo

    The North American Hymn Society will be meeting in Waterloo in July. Come for some wonderful hymn singing in Kitchener Waterloo churches with others who love to sing. See the poster for details. It’s free and it’s freeing!!

    Five Hymn Festivals in one week!          Waterloo Hymn Festivals Flyer

    SUNDAY, JULY 16, 7:30PM
    “Living Voices of the Gospel”
    Michael Burkhardt and Paul Westermeyer

    MONDAY, JULY 17, 7:30PM
    “Reformation Psalms and Beyond”
    Cynthia Wilson

    TUESDAY, JULY 18, 7:30PM
    “A Day for Making Changes: Singing Reformation Around the Globe”
    Andrew Donaldson

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 7:30PM
    “God of All the Many Lands”
    Fred Graham

    THURSDAY, JULY 20, 10:30AM
    “Singing Our Journeys Together: Semper Reformanda”
    C. Michael Hawn and Ulston Patmore Smith

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: For more information, see

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  • visuals for worship — free

    Images of beautiful linoleum block prints by Elizabeth Steele Halstead available free for use in worship.

    Each image of the 27 images is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. All first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

    linoleum block prints

    When using an image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead.”

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  • inclusive language options


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