Worship February 2021

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February 2021

In Christ Jesus we meet the God who knows our weakness and bears the wounds of the world. Therefore, let us be bold as we pray, trusting that God draws near to those in any kind of need.

These words are suggested as an invitation to prayer in the Service of Word and Prayer in All Creation Sings. As we have entered the season of Lent, our second Lent in a worldwide pandemic, we continue to place our trust in God, who draws near, giving hope in times of pain and grief.

Although our Easter celebrations will be limited once again this year, we do live in hope of resurrection and new life. May our Lenten journey offer times of renewal as we remember Jesus’ Passover from death to life and our own dying and rising in Christ.

In peace,
Deacon John E. Weit
Executive for Worship

All Creation Sings

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

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

"Recordings of the music for Holy Communion Setting 11 are available. Read more about how these recordings can help introduce this music in your context."

New Worship Resources at ELCA.org

Supplemental Resources for Service of the Word

Additional Thanksgiving for the Word prayers for Easter and the Time after Pentecost have been added to this resource, available in PDF and Word formats.

Worship Resources
The Ecumenical Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacramental Practices team offers guidance for Holy Week and Easter to supplement the existing general guidance for leading care-filled worship during the ongoing pandemic.

Worship Resources
In Memoriam — Scott C. Weidler (1959-2021)

Scott served on the ELCA Worship team from 1995 to 2016. His teaching, worship resource development, and musical leadership will continue to influence the worship life of the ELCA and ecumenical partners.

“All of us go down to the dust, yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia” (ELW 223).

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

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

ALCM Virtual Easter Hymn: "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today," Kevin J. Hildebrand, arranger

ALCM invites musicians to submit vocal and instrumental recordings for the virtual Easter hymn. Recordings may be submitted through Feb. 26. The finished product will be available March 25.

ALCM 2021 Webinar Series
“Commissioning New Works for Your Parish: It’s Easier Than You Think!” Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time)
Whether you are looking for a special way to commemorate a milestone event in the life of your congregation or would like to have your congregation become a regular patron of the arts, Scott Hyslop demonstrates that it is easier than you might think!
Music that Makes Community

You are invited to join MMC for its annual Holy Week Test Kitchen on Feb. 24 to sample music and liturgy from a variety of communities.

The MMC blog offers Lent and Holy Week resources, including a beautiful reflection from Scott Weidler, our colleague and friend who died last month.
congregational song
Institute of Liturgical Studies 2021 Virtual Seminar Series

The Virtual Seminar Series continues in March with an offering from guest lecturer Christian Wiman and, in April, from Gail Ramshaw. More information may be found here as well as an online reservation form.
2021 Virtual Seminar Series

Worship resources from Augsburg Fortress

Feb Product 1
Proclaiming the
Living Word: A
Handbook for Preachers
Feb Product 2
The Three-Day Feast:
Maundy Thursday,
Good Friday, Easter
Feb Product 3
Music Sourcebook and
Worship Guidebook for Lent
and the Three Days Set
Feb Product 4
Good Stewards Together:
Twelve Intergenerational
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