Worship July 2020

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July 2020

Over these past months congregations and synods have explored different ways to proclaim God’s word while physically separated. Many have utilized technology to offer times of worship and devotion. Some are finding helpful ways to interact with one another in real time, while others have created meaningful opportunities for worship on their own time, with or without the need of technology. We long to return to worship in person. Even as communities are making careful and cautious decisions about when they might gather in person for worship, we continue to find ways to offer our lament, prayer, proclamation and praise.

On the grounds of the Word and promise of God the Church prays, in the power of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ, for all the great needs of the world (“The Use of the Means of Grace,” Principle 53).

As we read God’s word in our devotions or hear it proclaimed in worship, we are called to pray for the church and its mission, for the care of creation, for the end to racial injustice and all injustice in the world, for those who suffer, for an end to this virus and for those who have died in faith. From these prayers we are called to action. We are called to be Christ’s presence in the world.

To be your presence is our mission blest,
to speak for all the broken and oppressed,
to be your voice of hope, your love expressed, alleluia!

—Text by Delores Dufner, OSB; Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 546

May our dwelling in the word call us to prayer and lead us to witness to the gospel of Christ in the world, even if that witness may need to take on different forms during the pandemic. May you notice love of God in Christ Jesus among us and share that love with one another.

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

All Creation Sings
A digital preview of All Creation Sings, the forthcoming liturgy-and-song supplement to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, is available on the All Creation Sings website. New on the ELCA Worship blog is a post entitled: “All Creation Sings: A Song for Sending.”

A list of the hymns and songs is now available for viewing.


Worship in the Home
Available each week on the ELCA Worship blog are materials for “Worship in the Home.” Although various formats of livestreaming worship work well in many contexts, you are encouraged to worship as you are able in homes on Sunday and throughout the week. Consider ways to pray and sing using this resource at home. If you don’t have a hymnal at home, perhaps churches might safely distribute copies 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

Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic

A new in-depth resource of safe practices for worship during the pandemic has been created by an ecumenical consultation. In addition to representatives from several denominations in the United States, the consultation team included scientists and medical professionals.

Additional materials will be made available on the supporting website in the coming weeks, including a Spanish edition of the core resource.
Season of Creation 2020: Renewing, Repairing and Restoring Our Commitments to God, to One Another and to All Creation

The ELCA and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4. The weekly devotions begin Sept. 6.
Season of Creation
We Are Church, We Are Called 50 Years of Ordained Women 50 ▪ 40 ▪ 10

June 29 marks the 50th anniversary of opening the door to women’s ordination. It marks 40 years of women of color being ordained and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals being able to serve freely. Through worship, Bible studies and forums, congregations are encouraged to hold commemorative events throughout the year!
Music that Makes Community Virtual Summer Retreat: A Time for Connection, Renewal, and Discovery July 28-30

Because all our summer work has been postponed, we're excited to offer a Virtual Summer Retreat from July 28 to 30, 2020! Learn more about the schedule and register here.
Augsburg Organ Library: Christmas
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians: 2021 Raabe Prize submissions now being accepted

Submissions for the 2021 Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition are now being accepted. Details about the prize and submission requirements are available on the ALCM website. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2020.
Raabe Prize

Worship resources from Augsburg Fortress

July Product 1
Summer Music Clinics
July 21-22
July Product 2
Worship Planning
July Product 3
A Place for You:
Interactive Edition
July Product 4
Luther’s Small Catechism With African Descent Reflections
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