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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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  • National Worship Conference, Waterloo, July 24 -27, 2016







    This year’s conference features  Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Larson, pastor of Trinity, New Hamburg, who has also served in Western Canada, Switzerland and the United States [co-author of Liturgy, Justice and the Reign of God:  Integrating Vision and Practice], and The Very Reverend Bruce Jenneker, Rector of All Saints Church, Durbanville in the City of Cape Town and the Diocese of Saldnaha Bay in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa [ACSA].

    The National Worship Conference is a biennial conference sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. The Conference welcomes participation by clergy and laity of these two churches as well as clergy and laity from other churches who seek to build up the life of the Christian community through our worship so that we might serve the world God loves.


    For more information, check out the conference website,

    Early bird rate ends April 1, 2016.

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    There is now a clear path to Inshallah information ….. check it out: .

    Thanks to Bill Gastmeier and Mirko Petricevic for making it happen!


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  • Festival of Homiletics

    Looking for continuing education? Several Eastern Synod pastors find the Festival of Homiletics to be inspiring and renewing! Here’s what Pastor Steve Hoffard (St. Mark’s, Kingston) says,

    I have attended the Festival of Homiletics the last two years and the best way to describe it is a “Woodstock for Preachers”, and it comes with a backstage pass! The 5 day event held in a different location every year allows you to see many of the preachers you have up until now only experienced the Memorex versions of. At the festival you not only get to see these preaching rock stars perform their craft live, but you are also invited to workshops and lectures where they will tell you how they do it and why. The festival isn’t all about preaching, you will also experience powerful worship, inspiring lectures and amazing music. And might I mention the “Beer and Hymns” pub nights? More fun than a preacher should be allowed to have! The best bang for your continuing education buck can be found at this annual festival. See you in Atlanta May 16-20, 2016.

    ‘Prophetic Preaching in Times of Change’

    ‘Prophetic Preaching in Times of Change’
    May 16-20

    Registration for the 2016 Festival of Homiletics is open! This year’s theme is “Prophetic Preaching in Times of Change.” It is sure to be a time of incredible preaching, proclamation and fellowship.

    The Festival of Homiletics is a weeklong conference that brings together a wide variety of outstanding preachers and professors of homiletics to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship and culture. Preachers are invited to experience various styles and methods of preaching in the hope that they will renew their faith and refresh their spirits through engaging worship, lectures and workshops. Throughout the week we aim to inspire you in your role of proclaiming the gospel.

    Please visit the festival’s website to learn more about this year’s event.

    Register by Feb. 15 for an early bird discount!


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