• New Worship Ministries’ Director

    Rev. Hilla Lahtinen will serve as the New director of Worship Ministries effective January 1, 2019.

    See: Rev. Hilla Lahtinen

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  • Away in a Manger with alternate text

    An adaptation of the  carol “Away in a Manger” is provided here by the Kanata Centre at Martin Luther University College.  See:  Away in a Manger (alternate text) (2)

    Engraved for use at Mount Zion Lutheran Church by Pauline Finch, this music is free to be copied and shared.

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  • Christmas Eve dramatic reading

    Still looking for Christmas Eve resources?

    Pastor Rick Pryce, Lunenburg, offers his dramatic reading from Christmas Eve 2016 as a resource.

    Christmas Eve Dramatic Readings (1)

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  • Away in a manger

    Away in a Manger will most certainly be sung over the Christmas season. Sometimes it is hard to shift from a sentimental singing of the “little Lord Jesus no crying he makes” to the hard realities of the world. Inspired by Inshallah singing Shirley Erena Murray’s verses “Away and in Danger” – a carol of the refugee children (see http://www.thehymnsociety.org/singingwelcome), Allen and I wrote these verses for our upcoming Carol Sing at Kitchener City Hall where we are raising money for the local Refugee Health Centre.

    Feel free to use these verses if they speak to your context with the following recognition if you choose to print them: alternate lyrics: Allen Jorgenson and Debbie Lou Ludolph (c) Kanata Centre, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, 2017.

    God meets us in strangers

    And helps us to see

    that helping my neighbour

    is God helping me.

    The little Lord Jesus

    Arrives in strange ways

    That startle our privilege (singing priv-lege)

    And quiet self-praise. 

    Be near us dear Jesus

    we ask you to stay

    close by us forever

    to shape loving ways.

    To live with each other

    as one human race

    Show us how our weakness

    is God’s place of grace.
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  • Companion of the Worship Arts: Call for Nominations

    2018 Companion of the Worship Arts Call for Nominations

    The Program Committee for Worship, on behalf of the National Bishop, calls for
    nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts. This is an honour conferred in
    recognition of significant contribution to the worship life of the ELCIC at a local,
    synodical, and national level. The honour recognizes the recipient’s ongoing inspiration
    and encouragement to others, together with service to God through worship,
    spirituality, and the arts.

    Please include these supporting materials with your nomination:
    1. Reasons for the nomination; i.e., biographical material with a listing of the
    person’s specific contributions to the worship life of the ELCIC (examples
    should include national, synodical, and local involvements)
    2. An indication, with examples, of the ways the person continues to inspire and
    encourage others in the worship life of the church
    3. A minimum of three letters of support for the nomination from others familiar
    with the individual’s contributions.

    The honour will be conferred at the ELCIC/ACC National Worship Conference in
    Victoria, BC, in 2018. (www.nationalworshipconference.org). Current members of the
    Program Committee for Worship are not eligible for nomination.

    Send nomination materials by February 15, 2018 to
    Kathryn Smith
    8 Jodi Place
    Guelph, ON N1H 7R1

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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)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWQezCzazpg

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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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