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:

Sunday Worship Videos

Fall 2021 Worship – “Homelessness on the Carlisle Pike”

Our Lower Susquehanna Synod Justice Ministries and Hunger & Housing Ministries present a worship from Rev. Matthew Best, who highlights the homelessness on the Carlisle Pike, visiting areas where people experiencing homelessness gather and find resources.

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September 2021 Worship – “Hispanic Heritage Month”

Our Lower Susquehanna Synod Justice Ministries marks Hispanic Heritage Month with a special digital service. Thank you to Tree4Hope, Iglesia Luterana Augustina de Guatemala, La Union Spanish School, Antigua Guatemala, St. Alban’s Episcopal Mission, Antigua Guatemala, and the AMMPARO Task Force for being a part of this service.

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Celebrating Our Diversity Worship

Our Lower Susquehanna Synod Justice Ministries is please to offer a service celebrating the diversity that exists within our synod and our commitment to supporting rostered leaders in all the wonderful ways God has created them. We hope this gift provides a much needed sabbath for worship leaders and shows the joy we take in the many gifts of the varied part of the body of Christ always and in everything.

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Weekly Wednesday Chapel Services

  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – Deacon Marsha Roscoe preaches on the 4th Chapter of St. Luke- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – The Justice Ministry Task Forces of the LSS Present a Service in Honor of MLK Jr Day 2022- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – The Rev. Beth Martini preaches on the 3rd Chapter of St. Luke- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, December 29, 2021 – The Rev. Dana Blouch-Hanson preaches on the 1st. Chapter of St. John- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021 – Deacon Marsha Roscoe preaches on the 2nd Chapter of St. Luke- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – The Rev. Richard Jorgensen preaches on the 1st Chapter of St. Luke- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – The Rev. Beth Martini preaches on the 3rd Chapter of St. Luke- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – The Rev. Beth Schlegel preaches on the 3rd Chapter of St. Luke- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – Bishop Dunlop preaches on the 21st Chapter of St. Luke- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – The LSS LGBTQIA+ Affirming Task Force presents a vigil in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – The Rev. Dana Blouch-Hanson preaches on the 13th Chapter of St. Mark- Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin, President of ULS, preaches on the 8th Chapter of St. John – Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – The Rev. Molly Haggerty preaches on the 2nd Chapter of St. Mark – Watch Link: VIMEO
  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – The Rev. Beth Schlegel preaches on the 10th Chapter of St. Mark – Watch Link: VIMEO

Tracking Worship Attendance

This period of “social distancing” has demanded that congregations come up with creative online solutions for gathering the community in worship, whether through livestreaming, posting of recorded services, or both. This has led to many questions about how to track and report attendance when it comes time to fill out Form A next year.  Following are the recommended guidelines:

Tracking Attendance Resource

Operation of Wireless Microphones

New rules now in effect for operating wireless microphones and similar devices will restrict their use in certain bands of the spectrum currently used for television broadcasts. As a result, some equipment changes may be needed for local theaters, churches, schools, conference centers, sports stadiums and other users of such devices.

Wireless mics and similar devices are designed to tune and operate on certain frequencies known as “spectrum bands.” Most wireless mics today operate in the various unused portions of the broadcast television bands, including both VHF and UHF channels. They can be operated on either on a licensed basis, for qualifying users, or on an unlicensed basis, open to all who use the appropriate equipment, provided that users follow the applicable rules for operation on designated spectrum bands. 

To meet the increasing demand for wireless broadband services nationwide, the FCC recently auctioned spectrum that had been licensed to broadcast television stations operating on TV Channels 38-51. The results of the auction (completed in April 2017) will affect the availability of spectrum for wireless microphone operation on the 600 MHz frequencies.     https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/operation-wireless-microphones

ELCA

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

Congregational Renewal

Bishop’s Congregational Missional Fund: Help grow vital congregations where there are life-changing relationships with God, one another and the world.

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-Web

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.

Congregational Renewal

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.

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.”

Congregational Renewal

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.

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 Marsha Roscoe at mroscoe@lss-elca.org.