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  • Hymns to Sing

    “In the Desert, On God’s Mountain” is a

    hymn text by Susan Palo Cherwien.  In the attached article Joshua Zentner-Barrett introduces us to this hymn text and the background behind it.

    Joshua was a student at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studied organ under Marlin Nagtegaal.  Josh was also very involved in the worship and student life at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary – singing in Inshallah, participating in the undergrad program, and worshiping with the Open Door Community.  After WLU, Josh attended Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, where he studied hymnology under C. Michael Hawn.  A M.S.M graduate, he is now the Director of Music at Kanata United Church in Ottawa.

    In O Blessed Spring:  Hymns of Susan Palo Cherwien, published by Augsburg Fortress in 1997, this text is set to PICARDY.

    Thank you Josh for the enlightening window into this text.

    In the Desert, On God’s Mountain

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  • Remembering Those with Mental Illness – Worship Resources

    Recently, the students at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

    were reminded that there are many in our society who suffer with mental illness when a local university student died by suicide.  During the following days, prayers and songs were spoken and sung as the community remembered the student and also to lift up to God prayers for all who suffer – those living with mental illness, parents, friends, and support people.

    As a worshipping community and Christian church, how do we respond and remember those living with mental illness?  What are the words that we use that give hope in the midst of despair?

    The Wednesday evening Open Door service at WLS was carefully crafted to include times of silence, prayers and song, which recognized the pain of those who are hurting, while showing light and hope amid the darkness.

    Stay With Us   is a song from an Easter Cantata by Ron Klusmeier and Walter Farquharson, based on the Emmaus story found in Luke 24.  “Stay with us through the night.  Stay with us through the pain.  Stay with us, blessed stranger, ’till the morning breaks new bread.”  Congregations may use this song for free, as a gift from Ron and Walter. (more…)

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  • Inspiring Lent Images

    Building Faith

    has developed and is sharing 3 images that are appropriate for the season of Lent.  These images are free of charge and no attribution of source is required.  Feel free to share these images on social media or through your online church presence.

    Building Faith – Inspiring Lent Images

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  • Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies – Easter

    The Program Committee for Worship of the ELCIC

    has commissioned Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies, a series of worship outlines for the seasons of the church year using Evangelical Lutheran Worship as the primary resource.  Each week’s worship orders include options for Holy Communion and Service of the Word.  The resource for Easter was prepared by Lorraine Reinhardt, BC Synod.
    We hope you find these outlines helpful in your worship planning.

    Where Two or Three are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies – Easter 2018


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  • Upcoming Events – March 2018 edition

    Worship, Liturgy, Song, Being Together

    There are a number of workshops, conferences and day long events that those involved in worship leadership will find inspiring and enriching.  Check out these events in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Grand River Ministry Area, the Ottawa Ministry Area and from Liturgy Canada.


    2018 Institute of Liturgical Studies

    Now celebrating its 69th institute, each year during the second week of Easter, clergy, musicians and other worship leaders meet at Valparaiso University for the Institute of Liturgical Studies, three days of continuing education, worship, community and renewal.

    Plenary presenters Jessicah Krey Duckworth, Paul Hoffman, Maxwell Johnson and Craig Satterlee will engage us in these questions of baptismal meaning and renewal for our own time. Practical workshops around this theme geared to pastors, musicians and worship leaders will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday.

    A highlight of this institute is the opportunity to worship in Valparaiso’s Chapel of the Resurrection. The liturgies used for worship will offer eucharistic and other prayer offices to help us reflect on how we are formed by the gift of baptism. The Harre Student Union will be the home for the institute’s registration, plenary presentations, meals and exhibits. Its proximity to the chapel makes walking distances accessible and convenient.

    It is not too late to register! Registration and information about workshops, seminars, worship and the schedule are available at


    Grand River Ministry Area 

    A Worship Leadership Event

    It Takes a Village…

    Trusting and Inspiring One Another

    To Become an Effective Music Ministry Team

    2 Stimulating Workshops for Clergy, Musicians and Lay Leaders

    “Beyond the Bench: Essential Skills for a 21st-Century Music Ministry” – Chris Fischer, Pastoral Musician, Knox Presbyterian Church, Guelph

    “From ‘Me’ to ‘We’: Clergy-Musican Relationships and Implications for Worship” – Rev. Jacquie Foxall, Minister, Knox Presbyterian Church, Oakville

    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    9:00 AM – 12:00 pm

    Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec Street, Guelph

    Worship Leadership Event – Guelph


    Ottawa Ministry Area

    You are invited to Ottawa to participate in an upcoming Centered in Song event, as part of the Center for Congregational Song Launch Tour.  Watch for a similar event to be held in Toronto later this fall.  Visit the following sites for more information and to register: (more…)

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  • Holy Week Resources

    Readings for Sunday of the Passion and Good Friday

    Thank you for Dr. Rev. Kimberlynn McNabb for sharing these resources for Holy Week.  Pastor Kimber McNabb is the pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Halifax, Dean of the Atlantic Ministry Area, and Sessional Instructor at the Atlantic School of Theology.

    Holy Week – The Valley of Tears

    Solemn Reproaches

    If you have a prayer, song, lament or other piece that you written that you would like to share, please send to

    Peace to you in this Season of Lent,

    Kathryn Smith

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  • National Worship Conference

    Responding to Disaster: Prayer, Song and Presence 

    is the theme for a timely and meaningful worship conference to be held in Victoria, BC, July 16 – 19, 2018.  All Anglican and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada parishes, clergy, music leaders and worship planners are invited to register for the conference beginning March 1, 2018.


    This year’s National Worship Conference aims to assist us, as people of faith, in responding liturgically, theologically and ritually to natural disaster (earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane), all of which are increasingly impinging upon our experience; as well as disasters of human making, such as terrorism and violence. Often, in such situations, it is the church that is called upon to give language and song to the emotions people experience. We will bring our rich traditions together and give voice to the unspeakable.

    Our conference worship will be shaped by lections that help give expression to an overarching theme: From Dissonance & Lament toward Transformation & Harmony. Over the course of the conference, worship will move from a cathartic outpouring of grief and frustration to a place of greater calm in the face of a still chaotic world; mirroring through music and spoken word, the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

    This conference promises to be a powerfully moving and uplifting experience for all who attend. We hope you will join us.

    Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller
    Theologian, musician and liturgical writer exploring rites for use with the sick and dying, considerations of sacred space, popular religiosity and contemporary ritual issues. She is currently the Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology at Huron University College at Western University in London, Ontario.

    Lead Musician – Mr. Chad Fothergill
    Organist, composer, writer and doctoral musicology student, researching the Lutheran Cantor tradition in both its Reformation-era and present-day contexts.

    This conference is for you!

    Musicians & Liturgists

    This conference provides unique opportunities for musicians and Liturgists to share and network ideas and resources. As this is a conference about worship much of our time in plenary and worship will draw upon the musical history and energy we share in the Anglican and Lutheran traditions, and of course beyond those traditions.

    Rural and Urban

    We understand that both rural and urban church communities are vital centers of ministry and mission; that they have a story and resource to share, and that together we are the church.  This conference has been designed to address the particular needs of both rural and urban churches across our country.

    National Worship Conference ad

    Register at:

    To promote and share information about this conference, visit this link to a dropbox folder where you can access promotional materials to help us spread the word about this exciting conference happening July 16-19 in Victoria BC.     We encourage you to share on Facebook, twitter, bulletin boards, weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters.




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  • Why Liturgy? An online Lenten pilgrimage.

    Have you ever wondered why we say the things we say, and do the things we do during worship? If so, as your Lenten practice this year you might consider taking an online pilgrimage through Evangelical Lutheran liturgy.

    Starting Ash Wednesday, the website will be posting about 200 words each day on a different part of the liturgy. Each post contains insights on the origins and theological underpinnings of a part of the liturgy. Posts will be accompanied by photos taken in the Holy Land, Turkey and Rome; and at St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church (Kitchener) and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

    The journey is being shared by Mirko Petricevic, the seminary’s director of communications and public affairs. He created the visual study guide while working toward a Master of Theological Studies degree at WLS. The project was supervised by Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, who now serves as the seminary’s principal-dean.

    You will be able to also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Links to social media platforms are available on StoneMir Media is the name Mirko uses for his freelance projects and labours of love.


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  • Real Presence: The Meal

    Event from Liturgy Canada

    Saturday, April 28, 2018 – St John the Baptist, Dixie – 719 Dundas Street East, Mississauga
    9.30 to 3.30
    Real Presence:  The Meal

    The fourth in our series of conferences on the ordo. This session will focus on The Meal. Why is this meal the centre of Christian life? How can consumers of communion become celebrants of communion? Workshops will focus on Table Song; Including Children; Making Space at the Table and the Material of Worship.

    For parish worship teams or individuals. It does not matter if you have not attended one of the previous conferences, so please join us!

    Registration is now open!

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  • Where Two or Three are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies – Lent

    The Program Committee for Worship of the ELCIC has commissioned Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies, a series of worship outlines for the seasons of the church year using Evangelical Lutheran Worship as the primary resource. Each week’s worship orders include options for Holy Communion and Service of the Word. Resources for Lent were prepared by Carolyn Ethier, Synod of Alberta and the Territories.
    We hope you find these outlines helpful in your worship planning.

    Where Two or Three are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies – Lent 2018

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