Category: Worship

June 9, 2021

New Guidance for Safer Worship and Sacraments

Long-awaited guidance from the Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship and Sacraments, released June 8, advises houses of worship to go slowly with in-person gatherings where vaccinated and unvaccinated persons occupy the same space. “The group suggests limiting touching except where Christian rituals, such as laying on of hands for confirmation, require it; avoiding...

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March 26, 2021

Joy Complete: Easter Season Worship

A gift from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod to our rostered ministers, musicians, tech teams, and other virtual worship leaders. This service is available for Sunday, April 11, and suitable for any Sunday after Easter.

March 10, 2021

Our Gift to You: Post-Easter Worship

Worship leaders and musicians from around the Synod are collaborating on a service of readings and hymns that your church may use after Easter to give your pastor(s) and musicians a Sunday off. The service will be launched for the Second Sunday of Easter on April 11, and could alternatively be used one of the...

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February 3, 2021

Lent Ideas With Keith Anderson

An excerpt from our interview with Pastor Keith Anderson focusing on digital ministry in the upcoming Lenten season.

February 1, 2021

SEPA Communicators — Lent/Holy Week Ideas

Pastors, musicians, and tech teams from SEPA Synod share ideas for online Lenten and Holy Week worship, followed with discussion about re-opening in-person worship.

December 20, 2020

Lesson and Carols for Christmas 2020

A gift to our congregations and leaders from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. December 2020.

November 13, 2020

Season of Hope Advent Resources from LWR

Join with Lutheran World Relief as we remember our neighbors from around the world. During each week of Advent, we will lift up the experience of our neighbors in each of the regions your love reaches: Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Discover our suite of resources to engage your congregation digitally or inperson in a variety of ways each...

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June 3, 2020

Prayers For PRIDE Month

Prayers for your use during PRIDE month in June. God of LOVE, we thank you for the Spirits who were trailblazers, moving and shaking people’s hearts and minds. Stir up in us that same energy of those who helped pave the way for where our LGBTQIA+ siblings are today. May we never stop expanding the...

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April 2, 2020

Recommendation: Discontinue Gathering To Live Stream

April 2, 2020 Colleagues, With increasing concern about aerosol spread of the COVID-19 virus and news such as this and this, and reports that the government will recommend wearing masks in public, we strongly recommend that you discontinue gathering a group of worship leaders together to record/live stream your worship service. We make this recommendation...

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April 4, 2018

Refreshing Parish Worship

Our worship resources are entering “middle age.” What can we do to refresh and enliven our weekly liturgies? Join in “Refreshing Parish Worship” on Saturday, April 14, 9am to 3 pm, on the Gettysburg Campus of United Lutheran Seminary. This workshop will also be hosted in Allentown on June 16 and in Philadelphia on Nov....

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October 2, 2017

Lord, In Your Mercy

In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, we pray: God, our refuge and strength, we pray for all affected by the shootings in Las Vegas and we grieve over violence in our world. Heal the injured, comfort those who mourn and strengthen those providing aid. Through our struggle and confusion, empower...

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July 10, 2017

Music That Makes Community

We can sing without paper and books! And in so doing, we experience the community transformation of the body of Christ, singing as one. Learn how to transform congregational singing at a 3-day workshop offered by Music that Makes Community, October 16-18, 2017 at the Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center in Port Murray, NJ. The workshop is appropriate for pastors,...

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February 9, 2016

‘Dust Is Not the Final Word’

The crosses marked on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday are signs of both life and death. The ashes suggest our eventual return too the dust, but “the dust is not the final word,” says Welcome Church Pastor Violet Little. At an Ash Wednesday service on Logan Park in 2013, Pastor Violet told her flock “What...

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April 29, 2015

Worship: The hub of our week

In her May column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reminds us that worship is at the heart of all we do. Despite competition, it should be the “space of our regrouping.” Read her column at www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm?article_id=12544.

November 21, 2014

Bishops Offer Advent Devotions

Presiding Bishop Eaton and the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and The Episcopal Church have developed a series of devotions for this Advent season. You are welcome and encouraged to use these devotions individually and in your congregation. For the past five years, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran...

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August 20, 2014

Prayer for Ferguson

Please include the people of Ferguson, MO in your congregational prayers Sunday, using the following petition written by Linda Manson of Living Gospel Ministries, or a similar prayer: God of Peace and Healing, We experience violence and hatred that divides us as cultural groups, ethnicities and nations and we feel we do not have the...

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December 16, 2008

New hymn honors Mary

If you would like to use a different hymn to honor Mary on Sunday, feel free to use this hymn authored by the Rev. Kay Braun of St. Petri-Hope Lutheran Church.