Worship September 2020

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September 2020

As we turn the corner toward fall, we realize that, as with most things these days, there is not much typical about this change in season. We continue worshiping in many varied ways as we endure the implications of the coronavirus on the life of the church. Some continue online worship exclusively. Others have experimented with some in-person worship, perhaps outdoors, but may need to change course in cooler climates. There are many considerations during this time. There may also be new opportunities as we experiment with alternative ways of engaging community.

Sunday, Oct. 4, is the commemoration of Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church. Many congregations already have a practice of blessing animals on or near St. Francis’ day. For many, pets have been an extra source of comfort and companionship when we may be spending more time at home. How might such an observance work in your context this year?

Oct. 18 is the lesser festival for Luke, evangelist. Some congregations celebrate St. Luke, identified as a physician in Scripture, with healing services on or near the festival date. Healing services are typically very embodied, with laying on of hands and anointing with oil. How might a healing service work in 2020, when we need to avoid certain physical aspects?

There are many important questions in worship planning these days. The answers and outcomes will be different for each context. I pray that in your worship experiences you may find new ways to share the good news of Jesus Christ as we continue to move through these atypical times.

In peace,
Deacon John Weit
Assistant to the Presiding Bishop
Executive for Worship

All Creation Sings
We look forward to the upcoming release of All Creation Sings in November 2020. The Pew, Accompaniment, and Leaders editions are available for preorder. A blog post for September, titled “All Creation Sings: Singing Lament,” explores one of the new hymns in ACS, "Before the Waters Nourished Earth" by Jeannette Lindholm.

For more about ACS, including several blog posts, a digital preview and a hymn list, visit the All Creation Sings website.


Worship in the Home
Worship in the Home” continues to be available each week on the ELCA Worship blog. You are encouraged to worship as you are able in homes on Sunday and throughout the week. If you don’t have a hymnal at home, perhaps your church might set up a hymnal lending library for home use. In addition to Sunday worship resources, resources for Daily Prayer are available, including simplified forms of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer, as well as table prayers.


Resources and Events

Advent Worship Webinar
Wed., Sept. 23, 3 p.m. (Eastern time)

Wondering what Advent will sound like this year? Looking for ways to weave participatory singing and movement into online worship and community gatherings? We'll explore these questions in a 75-minute Advent Worship Webinar focused on music for this season of waiting and wondering.

Special ”summer of the pandemic” rates are available today.

Virtual Fall Retreat
Oct 12-14

Gather with us for a three-day Virtual Fall Retreat, a time to rest, restore, and to give and return thanks. Experience participatory learning and singing, sharing music from a variety of traditions, and reflecting on leadership practices useful in a range of contexts, virtually and in-person, from devotional spaces to choir rehearsal to protest and movement spaces.
Augsburg Organ Library: Christmas
Lutheran Summer Music hosts “Q&A With Dr. Carl Schalk,” Sept. 28, 1 p.m. (Central Time)

LSM is proud to announce that Dr. Carl Schalk will be honored with the 2021 Carlos Messerli Service Award for his decades of leadership and service to LSM. To celebrate this honor (as well as his 91st birthday!) LSM is hosting a virtual Q&A with Dr. Schalk himself. Whether you have questions of your own or just want to listen and enjoy this exclusive conversation, all are welcome to participate. Online registration for this free event is required.
Dr. Carl Schalk
ALCM Fall Friday Webinar Series

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians invites you to explore and register for the fall ALCM webinars at Fall Friday Webinar Series. All webinars are on a Friday from 2-3 p.m. (Eastern time). Sessions include: “Practical Methods and Uses of Virtual Church Music,” “Confused About Copyrights and Licensing? Let’s Talk,” and “Truly Present: Practicing Prayer in the Liturgy.”
The Center for Congregational Song offers a guide for using hymnals at home for personal devotion. During this time when we are not able to sing together in person, congregations may consider setting up a library loan system for hymnals and worship books to use in the home or encouraging members to purchase a copy of Evangelical Lutheran Worship for ongoing use in the home.
congregational song

Worship resources from Augsburg Fortress

Sept Product 1
Word of God, Word of Life:
Understanding the Three-
Year Lectionaries
 Product 2
Worship Planning Calendar:
Sundays and Seasons,
Year B 2021
Sept Product 3
Our Hope and Expectation:
Devotions for Advent &
Christmas 2020-2021
Sept Product 4
Families Celebrate
Advent & Christmas
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