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February 2022


Christ is the life beyond all time,
creation’s birth and breath,
whose labor brings all things to be
and brings all things to death.

These words from the hymn “Christ Is the Life” (All Creation Sings 927) were written by Susan Palo Cherwien. Susan died on Dec. 28, 2021. Visit this recent ELCA Worship blog for a listing of her hymns in our ELCA worship resources. Susan also speaks about her inspiration for this particular hymn in a video produced by Augsburg Fortress.

Susan’s hymn texts and poetic meditations invite us in Lent and in any season to dwell in the mystery of God, who dwelled in the birth and death of Christ. In her meditation titled “Returning to the Soil,” Cherwien writes,

When our winter approaches
it is not cruelty that we are returned to the soil.
It is simply the right time
It is simply the right time.
And our stories, our songs, our lives
will nourish the next generation
in the great cycle of life
that turns about us. (Crossings: Meditations for Worship, MorningStar Music Publishers, p. 81)

Blessings to you as we begin our Lenten journey.

Deacon Jennifer Baker-Trinity
Program Manager, Worship Resource Development

All Creation Sings

The All Creation Sings family of resources is available for purchase from Augsburg Fortress. This includes the Pew Edition, Leaders Edition and Accompaniment Edition. Also available are the Guitar Guitar Accompaniment Edition, Pew Edition eBook, Ensemble Setting of Holy Communion (Setting 12), and Enlarged Print Edition.

To further support your learning and use of All Creation Sings, visit the All Creation Sings webpage. You will find teaching materials including reproducible graphics, videos of hymns and songs, audio recordings of all the liturgical music in settings 11 and 12, webinar video recordings and over a dozen blog posts.

As you look ahead to worship in Lent, the ceremonial binder is now available in purple.

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession

Wednesday on the ELCA Worship blog you will find prompts for the weekly prayers of intercession. These brief posts suggest national and world events that prayer writers might consider as they prepare for worship. For additional resources for crafting intercessions, visit this annotated list.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for information about topics related to worship? For instance: Why and how do we use ashes on Ash Wednesday? We offer guidance, including additional resources, that may be considered within your local context.
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Resources for Land Acknowledgement

The ELCA American Indian Alaska Native Tribal Nations desk has provided a helpful guide to practicing land acknowledgments. It includes examples of statements that you can speak at the beginning of every worship service, print at the top of worship bulletins, use to create outdoor signage and more. Including such acknowledgments follows our commitment as a church as part of “A Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to American Indian and Alaska Native People.”

Guidance for Safe Worship Practices

“Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life in a Lingering Pandemic” includes comprehensive guidance on decision-making and basic practices of Christian worship and congregational life from the Consultation on Ecumenical Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacramental Practices. Also available in Spanish. The ELCA has been a partner in this consultation throughout the pandemic. Visit the consultation’s public Facebook page for any updates and seasonal guidance.

Worship Resources

Resources and Events

ELCA World Hunger 40 Days of Giving

Explore and engage our families, our neighbors and communities around the world during this Lenten season by bringing ELCA World Hunger into your congregation and home with resources.
40 Days
Institute of Liturgical Studies
“Kyrie and Gloria in Liturgy and Life”
April 25-27

Discounted early registration has been extended through Feb. 25 for the next gathering of the Institute of Liturgical Studies, April 25-27, on the campus of Valparaiso University. Under the theme “Kyrie and Gloria in Liturgy and Life,” this year’s plenaries, seminars, workshops and liturgies will explore: liturgy, music and preaching in the midst of traumas, tensions, and trials; the nature and meaning of assembly; and creative opportunities that emerge during crisis and uncertainty. For more information or to register visit their website.
Lutheran Summer Music
Valparaiso University
June 26–July 24

Welcome to 2022 and LSM’s 40th anniversary season! The LSM 2022 community is now forming, acceptance notices are going out, and seasonal positions are being filled. This summer promises to be a transformational experience. And there is still time to join us! Click here for more information.
40 Days
Oberamergau Passion Play
Oberamergau, Germany
July 1–15

You are invited to experience the famous Oberamergau, Germany, passion play and tour Martin Luther and J.S. Bach sites with a tour group of 40 from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, July 1-15. Seats on the tour are limited. Reserve your place today.
2022 ALCM Summer Conference
Valparaiso University
July 18-21, 2022

“From Generation to Generation” is a continuing education conference for church musicians and worship leaders, held in conjunction with the 2022 Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. It will feature, from Leipzig, Germany, the vocal ensemble Calmus, who will perform an all J.S. Bach concert and sing other choral music during worship. Also participating: the vocal ensemble Cantus and organist Martin Jean.

Worship resources from Augsburg Fortress

Feb Product 1
Worship Guidebook for Lent and the Three Days
Feb Product 2
Music Sourcebook for Lent and the Three Days
Feb Product 3
Grace Unbounded
Feb Product 4
The Three-Day Feast
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