Worship

Need some ideas for preaching, prayers, liturgy, music, or children’s time in your worship planning? Here are links to some of our favorite worship resources:

ELCA Worship and Liturgical Resources — You’ll find plenty of helpful resources from our denomination here including planning materials, litanies, prayers, and tool kits for special days and celebrations.

The Text This Week — This is a comprehensive website for worship leaders, preachers, and Christian education teachers. You’ll find lectionary study helps related to each RCL text, numerous blogs and website links, along with resources for liturgies, prayers, hymnody, children, and education. The founder of this ministry, Jenee Woodard, is an amazing woman who has been able to amass a treasure trove of weekly materials. She also maintains a Facebook page for the site.

Working Preacher — This website offers scholarly reflections on each RCL lesson, a weekly podcast, a sermon reflection by Luther preaching professor David Lose, and resource recommendations.

Stewardship of Life Institute — SOLI is dedicated to bringing leaders the best resources available on the web each week. The website features articles, links, and a weekly lectionary reflection that always includes ideas for worship, and time with children and youth. LSS pastors Rob and Sharron Blezard are webmasters and writers for this resource.

Worshiping with Children — This weekly blog offers Revised Common Lectionary-based ideas for worship with children based on the author’s 35 years of church staff experience. You’ll find prayers, ways of presenting scripture, children’s times, sermon illustrations, and more.

Pint-sized Preaching  — This Facebook page “a place to share ideas and get feedback on children’s sermons.” You’ll find a variety of good ideas and illustrations. The page administrator is Pastor Abby Leese of Zion, Etters.

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is “dedicated to strengthening the proclamation of the Gospel through music and the practice of worship among Lutherans in North America.”

Leadership Program for Musicians — is a non-profit organization that administers a curriculum covering key areas in church music and liturgical education, spiritual formation, and a full range of church music skills. It is a collaboration between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church USA.

The Hardest Question — describes itself as “building a midrashic community” to discuss weekly lectionary texts. Curator Russell Rathbun says, “We ask the text the hardest questions because we can. It does not break, it is not offended, and it does not judge our desire for understanding. The ancient rabbis say that when we study the Bible we release God’s mercy into the world. It is important to question the text, because the world needs as much of God’s mercy as possible.”

Gluten-free Communion Wafer Recipe — Here’s a recipe for gluten-free communion wafers that are easy to make, cost-effective, and that actually taste good. Thanks for Ruth Hoffer of Zion, Hummelstown for sharing her recipe.

Have a resource to recommend? Contact Sharron Blezard at sblezard@lss-elca.org.