by Libby Krahling

Perfectly timed for Advent and Christmas, the LCANZ’s Commission on Worship has launched the fourth volume of LCA Music Resources, which presents 100 hymns and songs for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Available for the first time as individual digital downloads, the collection can also be purchased as a spiral-bound hard copy. The provision of chords and three-part settings make the songs accessible for musicians of varying experience. Copies of LCA Music Resources Volume 4: Songs of the Church – Advent, Christmas and Epiphany can be purchased through Australian Christian Resources at www.shopACR.com.au

AUSTRALIA DAY SERVICE ON THE WAY

A new Australia Day worship resource will be released this month. It replaces the existing National Day resource and reflects the complicated nature of Australia Day in the 21st century. The resource features alternate Bible readings, new song suggestions and updated liturgy and prayers. An accompanying resource related to the Acknowledgement of Country is also being prepared. These will be made available through the Worship Planning Page at www.lca.org.au/wpp

RECORDINGS HELP FOSTER SUNG LITURGY

Our church has a rich history of sung liturgy. Mindful that not every congregation uses sung liturgy in worship, the Commission on Worship has created resources to assist congregations to learn and use sung liturgy in their services. Pastor Andrew Brook and the choir of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Adelaide have recorded the sung liturgy from both page 6 and page 58 services of the Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement. The recordings may be especially useful for congregations without organists or strong cantors. There are also PowerPoint slides with the music lines to insert into worship services, as well as image files for use in bulletins and song sheets. Congregations can also access PowerPoints with embedded MP3 music tracks ready to play. All these resources may be used freely in worship, with LCA permission. Visit www.lca.org.au/wpp/sung-liturgy

2023 ART EXHIBITION PROMISES FEAST FOR SENSES

‘Come to the Banquet’ will be the theme for the 2023 LCANZ Simultaneous Art Exhibition. LCA Visual Arts invites congregations, schools and aged-care facilities to stage exhibitions in their local communities in August 2023. The theme provides a rich opportunity to explore the many passages in the Bible connected to food and feasting, to celebrate the great banquet of holy communion and the wedding feast awaiting us in eternity. Groups might also like to brainstorm ways of incorporating hospitality into their exhibitions. Artists using any media and with any level of experience are encouraged to explore the theme, using resources developed by Visual Arts. It includes a devotion, suggested Bible passages for study and a range of activity ideas suitable for workshops or individual use. Registrations close on 30 May 2023. To register your interest and obtain resource packs, poster templates and information on hosting an art exhibition, visit the LCA Visual Arts website at https://visualarts.lca.org.au

Libby Krahling is Commission on Worship Administration Coordinator.

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