Worship April 2021

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April 2021

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Greetings in these 50 days of Easter.

As we continue to move through this time of the pandemic, we are making significant progress in vaccine distribution and see a path toward a safe return of certain in-person worship practices in the coming weeks and months. Although we also know that, even as vaccination rates continue to rise, other protective measures will need to continue for some time.

The question we have been asked most often in these last weeks is about assembly singing. Music is important to Lutheran worship, especially singing together in community. While congregations and other groups have offered creative musical offerings during this past year, many will agree that this doesn’t replace singing together in person.

One metric suggests a threshold of 70% to 85% of the nation’s population being fully vaccinated as a goal for safe singing in person in larger groups. This means robust singing will likely be one of the last things to fully resume. We continue to trust scientists and medical professionals as they help us to make informed decisions on important worship practices.

Even if we cannot yet fully participate, the church’s song goes on. God’s promise to love and care for humankind and all of creation never ceases.

In peace,
Deacon John E. Weit
Executive for Worship

All Creation Sings

Brief descriptions of the 200 assembly songs in All Creation Sings are now available with a subscription to SundaysandSeasons.com. These give context to the hymn or song through biographical background, lectionary or Scripture connections, or usage suggestions.

The All Creation Sings website includes videos of selected hymns and songs, several blog posts, an overview webinar, and a resource to support introducing ACS in synods and congregations.

The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) is sponsoring a free webinar focused on the assembly song in All Creation Sings. Learn more at ALCM.org. Augsburg Fortress will offer a webinar focused on the liturgical content of All Creation Sings in June 2021.

Pew, Accompaniment and Leaders editions are available for purchase. Introductory pricing for the Pew edition is available until June 15, 2021.

Worship Resources at ELCA.org

When it is possible for worshiping communities to gather safely in person, you may desire a rite for regathering. "Worship Resource for Re-Gathering" is available in both PDF and Word formats. You are invited to adapt as needed for your context.

Thanksgiving for the Word prayers for Easter and the Time after Pentecost are available in PDF and Word formats.
Worship Resources
Copyright Helps for Worship

Augsburg Fortress offers updated guidance on copyright and permissions for reprinting, displaying and streaming texts and music for worship. Learn about different licenses for different situations and what is and is not covered with a subscription to SundaysandSeasons.com.

Worship Resources
Emanuel Nine

Refreshed worship resources for the Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine (June 17) are available in PDF and Word formats, including Scripture suggestions for a commemoration service. Additional resources for marking this commemoration in synods and congregations can be found at ELCA.org/EmanuelNine.

Worship Resources

Worship in the Home
Worship in the Home” is available weekly 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 Evangelical Lutheran Worship at home, a copy can be purchased through Augsburg Fortress’ web store, or perhaps your church might set up a 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.

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Resources and Events

ALCM 2021 Webinar Series

Music Ministry Leadership to/for/with Church Membership Friday, April 23, at 2 p.m. (Eastern time)

Led by Kurt Berentsen. You may register for the spring webinar series or the full-year series.

2021 ALCM Norma Aamodt-Nelson Student Scholar Award
Students are invited to be the 2021 ALCM Norma Aamodt-Nelson Student Scholar. The deadline to submit an application is May 15.
Institute of Liturgical Studies

As part of its spring seminar series, the Institute of Liturgical Studies has developed a new resources page to assist worship leaders and congregations. Available for download and local use are resources for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 2, 2021), including a video recording of 1 John 4:7-21 with accompanying art, as well as a sermon based on John 15:1-8.
Augsburg Organ Library: Christmas
LSM Webinar Series

“Remember Well the Future: Preparing a New Generation of Church Musicians”
Monday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. (Central time)

What do younger generations seek from the church and its liturgy? Do words such as “traditional,” “contemporary,” or “authentic” matter? For more information or to register for free, please visit the LSM webinar page. The conversation will also be streamed live on the LSM Facebook page.
Augsburg Organ Library: Christmas

Worship resources from Augsburg Fortress

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Word of God,
Word of Life
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Children of the
Heavenly Father
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Prayer Book
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