In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2006, Lutheran Campus Ministry gave the gift of an experiential workshop to stimulate renewal in worship and give contemporary expression to the gospel. The featured speakers, Marty Haugen, composer of life-giving liturgical settings such as the popular “Holden Evening Prayer” and the newly released “Unfailing Light,” and Susan Briehl, writer of the many rich and beautiful texts in these liturgies, creatively explored how to plan transformative worship. Using the image of the body, both our physical bodies and the body of Christ which we become in worship, Haugen and Briehl modeled worship which engages all the senses and then goes beyond the walls of the church building in service to the world (the final session: Liturgy with Legs).
Reflecting on Luke’s Road to Emmaus story, Susan Briehl lifted up the heart of worship as being an encounter with the crucified and risen Christ, and then pointed to the bones of worship as the four central elements of the liturgy where this meeting occurs: in the Gathering, the Word, the Breaking of Bread, and Sending into service. Marty Haugen described the role of a music minister in worship as being as one of servant leadership, being an animator to the Body of Christ so that the bones of worship can come alive.
There were 128 enthralled and invigorated participants representing 34 ELCIC congregations and seven other congregations. An offering of $1157.62 at the Friday evening Festival of Song was received in support of the Quetzalcoatl prison ministry initiated by ELCIC missionary to El Salvador, Brian Rude and currently staffed by LSM-Edmonton alumni Jessica Heine and Ryan Fontaine.
128 participants from 34 different ELCIC churches in the Synod of Alberta gathered together on March 17 and 18 to celebrate Campus Ministry’s 50th Anniversary through an experiential workshop with Marty Haugen and Susan Briehl.