September 2022 – ELCA Grand Canyon Synod


We looked to the fall months in Time after Pentecost. It’s only been a little over a month since the ELCA gathered in Ohio for the 2022 Church Assembly. Worship is central to every Church-wide assembly. church. There were various occasions for worship throughout the week. In addition to the 1,200 people in attendance in Ohio, many more listened to live streams of worship and plenary sessions. These videos continue to be available on the Church Assembly website to be viewed in the weeks following assembly. Although worship at Churchwide Assembly is designed for a unique context, we hope assembly worship will inspire and challenge the planning, leadership and experience of worship in your local context.

In peace,
Deacon John Weit
executive for worship

Assembly Readings (modified) is available for temporary use

Assembly Readings was first published in the mid-1990s and presented the revised Common Lectionary texts in a modified version of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. These texts are still available, but draft “Assembly Readings (Modified)” are now available to subscribers as downloadable PDF files in the Sundays and Seasons Library. A useful blog post from Augsburg Fortressprovides further information on this modified version, including a link additional context and principles. Content will be added to the Sundays and Seasons library in quarterly installments.

All creation sings

The All creation sings resource family is available for purchase from Fortress Augsburg. This includes the Pew Edition, Leaders Edition and Companion Edition. Volume is also available Index of Evangelical Lutheran Worship and All Songs of Creation. All Creation Sings booklets for children are now available. These four booklets—Children celebrate worship, Children celebrate hymns and songs, Children celebrate creation and Children celebrate the Trinity– are designed to be used as activity books with the pew edition of All creation sings.You can learn more about All creation sings to her Web page, now with user-friendly filtering features that make it easier for you to access informative articles, instructional videos, and webinar recordings. Downloadable introductory materials and image files are also available, along with links to all ACS-Related products.

“ELCA Guidelines for Ministry in a Multi-Religious World”

In times of tragedy or community celebration, we engage not only with other Lutherans and other Christians, but also with our interfaith partners. There “ELCA Guidelines for Ministry in a Multi-Religious Worldare a useful starting point for our interreligious relations. These guidelines have been requested as part of “A statement of interfaith commitmentadopted at the 2019 Church Assembly, and are consistent with Church policy as expressed in the statement. A recent blog post provides additional context.

Language for God: A Lutheran Perspective, Mary J. Streufert

Mary J. Streufert Language for God explores the ways in which language and images influence who we are and how we live. It declares the need for language and images for God that are expansive and inclusive of all genders. Lutheran perspectives are used as a compass to offer scriptural, theological, and historical insights to advance Christian language reform. Streufert is director of gender justice and women’s empowerment and the Quality of Call initiative in the office of the presiding bishop.

Prompts for intercessory prayers

As events unfold in the world, you may need help contextualizing intercessory prayers. ELCA Worship provides “Prompts for intercessory prayers” every Wednesday on its worship blog and links to them from his Facebook page. For additional resources for crafting intercessions, visit this annotated list.

Upcoming ALCM Webinar, “Tried and True—With a Twist!” : Friday, October 7, 2 p.m. EST

G. Phillip Shoultz III, Associate Artistic Director, VocalEssence, and Cantor for Worship, Music, and the Arts at Westwood Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, takes you on an exploration of ways to expand your musical horizons while remaining true to who we are as Lutherans. The session will share musical ideas appropriate to all facets of the liturgy and will be interactive, allowing God to unite our voices as we sing from the comfort of our own space.

In-Person ALCM Workshop, Messiah Lutheran Church, Marquette, Michigan, Saturday, October 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. Wayne Wold will present a day devoted to a variety of worship and music topics, including pastoral care of choirs and directors and leading congregational keyboard songs. Registration is $25 per person ($10 for students) and includes lunch. Register today!

Music that Builds Community: Advent Planning Workshop and Other Events and Resources

MMC is launching an exciting lineup of in-person, online and hybrid programs this fall while welcoming new and returning faces to our paperless singing practice. resumed in September, Morning groundinginvites all to gather in song and grounded contemplation every Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Join them for their Advent worship planning workshop in September. This is an interactive Advent, Christmas and Epiphany worship planning workshop with Paul Vasile.

In October, MMC offers a one day workshop at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Maryland, as well as two three-day retreats: Three-day retreat from the Abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid in Albuquerque, NM, or at Cross Roads Camp three day retreat in Port Murray, New Jersey

The community calendar is a great place to see what’s going on in the community.

Journey to Baptismal Living: North American Association for the Catechumenate

Journey to Baptismal Living is an ecumenical fellowship of Christians seeking to support discipleship training by exploring the meaning of baptismal identity, faith and mission.
Members offer training programs and events to develop skills and resources for baptismal preparation and to deepen faith in baptismal life. Sign up to receive information about events and resources.

Augsburg Fortress Cult Resources

Barry F. Howard