Worship and the Arts

The purpose of the Worship and the Arts Ministry Team is to assist congregations and ministries within the Synod to offer faithful worship to God, rooted in Scripture and the confessional and liturgical heritage of our Lutheran tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer and Devotions

Our current hymn resource, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, explains and encourages us to participate in a daily ritual of deliberate prayer:

From the gathering around word and sacrament on the first day of the week, Christians are sent by God to continue their worship each day through lives of service. St. Paul’s guidance to “pray without ceasing… for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:17-18) suggests that the Christian life is prayer: openness to the presence of God, responsiveness to the word of God, recognition that all of life is in Christ, and engagement in care for one another and for the whole creation. Daily prayer is a gift that nourishes growth toward living all of daily life in prayer.Evening and morning are primary times for common prayer in various faith traditions. For Christians, Evening Prayer and Morning Prayer have an additional dimension, calling to mind Christ’s passage through death to resurrection. As evening comes, we look to the light of Christ that scatters the darkness, even as we anticipate the great awakening of the resurrection. With the rising sun, we praise God for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we ask the Holy Spirit’s help in taking up the cross to follow Jesus into another day. Night Prayer offers a time to acknowledge both the gifts and the failings of each day, and we commend ourselves and the whole world into God’s hands as night comes.

(Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, MN, page 295)

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Prayer lists for use within the Synod of Alberta and the Territories

1. Weekly prayers for use on Sundays in our churches. In these we pray for our various Congregations within the ABT Synod, the Offices and Bishops of the National Synods, our partner churches within Canada, our Companion Synod etc!

2019-2020 Version DIARY OF PUBLIC PRAYER and INTERCESSIONS 2019-2020

2. Weekly prayers of the Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer designed by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission

2019-2020 Version Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer 2019-2020

3.  Prayers for the weeks of Ephipany with a special emphasis on our companion church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Columbia (IELCO) and its other companion synods in South Carolina and Southeastern Minnesota.

Prayers for the Season after the Epiphany

4. The following link takes you to an alphabetized list of the ABT Synod Pastors (serving and retired), Deacons/Deaconesses, Chaplains and Bishops within our National Church family. Also included for prayer is their partner/spouse based on the most recent updates available.

2019 30 days of prayer for rostered Oct 15 update

Thank you for praying for our many connections in Alberta, Canada and around the World.


Worship Planning Resources and Preaching Resources

(Information provided November 2019 by Gail Berg, Dr. Joy Berg, and Carolyn Ethier)

Worship Planning Resources

Primary

  1. The Worship Website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is to inspire, encourage, support and provide resources for creative, thoughtful and faithful worship in the Lutheran ecumenical tradition for liturgical and music planners and leaders in congregations and ministries of the ELCIC and other Christian communities; and for individual and home worship, devotion and spiritual practices for ongoing spiritual renewal. ELCIC Worship Website
  2. 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. Link to resources
  3. Sundays and Seasons. A resource that follows the three-year lectionary cycle and provides everything you might need to support your worship ministry. This is an annual subscription based service allowing for worship planning for music, preaching, visuals Lutheran Hymn Books the NRSV Bible texts. Sundays and Seasons

Secondary

  1. A Wee Worship Book, Fifth Incarnation (or previous ones), Wildgoose Publiations/Iona, 2015, USD 14.50. Simple, beautiful liturgies that can be adapted for various worship contexts.  www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=2701
  2. Evangelical Lutheran Worship Guitar Accompaniment Edition, 2007, USD 70.00 www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/97808066702…
  3. Singing Our Prayer: Companion to Holden Prayer Around the Cross, Tom Witt, 13.99 USD Full score ed. USD 9.95; Assembly booklet USD 3.00. Much of this music can be sung with or without accompaniment, and could be part of worship at any time of the year. www.augsburgfortress.org/store/productgroup/1184/H…
  4. Seasons of the Spirit from Woodlake Seasons Fusion is the worship resource, and SeasonsEncore is the multi generational study resource – excellent materials here too that we used for many years with our SS, youth & adults – includes seasonal multi-age gatherings with readings, songs  & activity ideas. (Must have a log in for detailed information.)
  5. Calvin Institute of Worship – worship.calvin.edu/
  6. Singing with the Lectionarylectionarysong.blogspot.com/
  7. Ashley Danyew blog and website: www.ashleydanyew.com/posts/2017/star-of-wonder-sta…
  8. Sacred Ordinary Dayssacredordinarydays.com/pages/epiphany
  9. Various resources from Marty Haugen: Tree of Life, Bread of Life, Holden Evening Prayer. Marty Haugen’s Website
  10. The Lutheran Church of Australia has many service preparation tools from visual arts to prayers and readings

Preaching Resources

Primary

  1. For some time, the BC Synod has had a Sermon Rota program which is intended for congregations without a full time rostered leader or for whose minister is away on vacation. The ELCIC Program Committee for Worship is now offering Sermons by Email, initiated by the BC Synod Sermon Rota. The sermons, based on the Revised Common Lectionary, are currently prepared by rostered ministers who have agreed to participate in the rotation. The sermon is completed by Friday night and emailed to those congregations that have signed up to receive a sermon that week. This gives time for the recipient to practice the sermon before presenting it in front of the congregation on Sunday morning. Congregations wanting to receive a sermon should enrol with the  administrator two weeks in advance. If the congregation will be a regular recipient, it will need to enrol only once. The current administrator of the program is Pastor Jane Gingrich: jdgingrich11@gmail.com

Secondary

  1. The Lectionary is available through the ELCA site here: Lectionary
  2. Working Preacher is a resource from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota) providing sermons resources Working Preacher
  3. The Text this Week: This site features a wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary cycle: The Text this week.com
  4. The Lutheran Church of Australia in addition to many service preparation tools listed above also has sermons prepared for lay-reading. Lutheran Church of Australia
  5. Enter the Bible is a resource available through Luther Seminary designed to “help you grow in your faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible. Think of Enter the Bible as your guide, a helpful reference tool to accompany you in your reading of the Bible.” Enter the Bible

Daily Personal Devotion Suggestions

Various resources are available to you either in the ELW or the Lutheran Book of Worship, under the heading Daily Prayer. Below are some other resources that you may find helpful for your daily time of reflection.

God Pause – Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota www.luthersem.edu/godpause/daily_view.asp

Our Daily Bread – From RBC Ministries odb.org/

… in the Meantime. Where Faith Meets Everyday Life – by David Lose www.davidlose.net/


2020 National Worship Conference

Will be held in Ottawa

July 13-16, 2020

 

For preliminary information: 2020 NALWC