Worship October 2020

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October 2020

Dear siblings in Christ,

As this month of October began, perhaps you marked the commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4). St. Francis’s attention to the cries of the poor and the natural world many centuries ago reminds us to attend to them in our own time.

During these months of the pandemic and in the year prior, the ELCA Worship team and our colleagues at Augsburg Fortress have been preparing the forthcoming supplement to Evangelical Lutheran Worship. We are now only one month away from the release of this supplement, All Creation Sings. Its title evokes the song of all creation celebrated in Scripture. The rest of the cosmos is likely louder than our human song these days, as singing together in person is something we miss greatly. Yet even when our songs are more sighs and prayer than celebration and rejoicing, we can be assured of God’s abiding presence.

Please visit www.augsburgfortress.org/allcreationsings to learn more about this resource. You can read several blog posts, view a digital preview of the Pew edition as well as accompaniments for the preview’s assembly song, see a full hymn list, and access a new, informative resource, “Introducing All Creation Sings.” This guide offers helpful information for introducing ACS in your congregation or synod.

Our worship resources help us to sing, but they are also sources of prayer. Even though we cannot sing together in person at this time, the prayers and hymns of ACS can support individual devotion, family worship, in-person gatherings, or online worship.

As we pray, the Spirit breathes sighs, sighs far too deep for words;
God, who searches hearts and knows the Spirit’s mind, hears all our prayer.
All creation waits, eager and longing.
As we live in hope, we know that in all things God works for good.

“Abba, Abba, Hear Us,” text by Andrew Donaldson
All Creation Sings 1072, stanza 3.

In peace,
Deacon Jennifer Baker-Trinity
Program Director for Resource Development

New Worship Resources at ELCA.org

Worship Resources for a National Election
Scripture readings, prayers, and assembly song suggestions are offered in PDF and Word formats, to be used in settings such as prayer vigils, as part of Morning or Evening Prayer, as part of regular weekly worship, or for personal devotion in the weeks preceding or following an election.

Supplemental Resources for Service of the Word
Additional “Thanksgiving for the Word” resources are available in PDF and Word formats. Additional options for Advent and Christmas will be added in early November.

Worship Resources
All Creation Sings
We look forward to the upcoming release of All Creation Sings this fall. The Pew, Accompaniment, and Leaders editions are available for preorder.

Learn more about the art in All Creation Sings.


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

The National Lutheran Choir “Virtual All Saints Program”
Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. (Central time)

The National Lutheran Choir brings their annual All Saints program to a virtual world-wide audience on November 1, 2020. "In Memoriam (We Remember)" sees the Choir sharing music of Remembrance, Perseverance, and Hope, with memorial names submitted by listeners as backdrop to the music and message. Join from wherever you are. This online presentation is FREE for all.
Reflections on the Pandemic’s Wide-ranging Effects on Worship and Music

Fourteen contributors — musicians, pastors, scholars, theologians, and a physician — have provided wisdom, experience, advice, and encouragement for these uncertain and challenging times. This resource is offered by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians to the whole church. You may view/download the whole issue or individual articles.
Lutheran World Federation Resources for Reformation Day

New multilingual worship materials are available to help churches pray and reflect together on the meaning of the Reformation in our contemporary context.

These prayers focus on the global, ecumenical and ongoing nature of this event so that churches can join together through shared celebrations in their different national contexts.
Lutheran World Federation
Lutheran Summer Music

"On Pandemic, Singing, and Teaching: A Reformation Reflection," Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. (Central time)

As part of the Fall Webinar Series, Chad Fothergill leads a session that will provide tangible, practical steps for one of the most important Reformation legacies for the Lutheran church. Register for free and learn more!

Looking Ahead to Summer 2021!
Now is the time to consider what young musicians in your congregation or community would thrive at LSM! Nominate a student today to help them take the first step in realizing their profound gifts and exploring how to creatively use their skills within the church.
Singing the Psalms With All Our Hearts

As part of the Saint Paul Area Synod 2020 Assembly, Paul and Dr. Diane Jacobson have created a discussion guide on Psalm 111 specifically around the theme "With All Our Heart." The couple has centered much of their life together on psalm studies and usage
Saint Paul Area Synod 2020 Assembly
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

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 to 3 p.m. (Eastern time). Register here for the bonus “How to Create a Virtual Anthem” FREE webinar.

Hearts · Hands · Voices Virtual Workshop
A team of church musicians from Charlotte, N.C., have put together a series of videos about how to respond to worship challenges created by the pandemic. The videos are included in one playlist on ALCM’s YouTube channel.

Virtual Christmas Carol
Following the success of the Pentecost virtual hymn, ALCM is pleased to announce that "Angels We Have Heard on High," arranged by Anne Krentz Organ, will be available to use for Christmas services and concerts beginning Dec. 1. All are invited to submit vocal and instrumental recordings for the virtual Christmas carol. Recordings may be submitted now through Nov. 8.
Music that Makes Community

Looking for additional resources for leading paperless song? Here is a list of books and other publications that MMC leaders and participants have found useful for building a repertoire and a practice of paperless song leading.
congregational song

Worship resources from Augsburg Fortress

Oct Product 1
Our Hope and Expectation:
Devotions for Advent
& Christmas 2020-2021
 Product 2
Luther’s Small Catechism
With African Descent
Oct Product 3
Families Celebrate
Advent & Christmas
Oct Product 4
Sundays and Seasons:
Guide to Worship
Planning, Year B 2021
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