As one response to the changing landscape, the church council of the ELCA authorized Renewing Worship, a five-year churchwide initiative (20012005). This project is unfolding in a series of five interwoven phases.
Consultationsmore than one hundred "consultants"
from across the church (including some non-Lutheran participants),
representing a wide variety of perspectives, gathered in a series
of meetings over the course of a year. Their task was to identify
and articulate principles for worship that reflect a sort of
"common ground" related to worship.
Editorial Teamssmaller working groups gather to
identify and develop texts, rites, and music for use in provisional
worship materials. Their work is supported by the input and
review provided by larger development panels whose members reflect
a wider variety of perspectives and expertise.
Publicationsthe work of the consultations and
the editorial teams result in the publication of volumes in
the Renewing Worship series. These provisional resources are
intended for study, use, and response. Titles in the series
(with publication dates)include:
Congregational Song (July 2001)
Principles for Worship (June 2002)
Principios para Adoracion (Spanish version of Principles
Holy Baptism and Related Rites (July 2002)
Life Passages: Marriage, Healing, Funeral (December 2002)
New Hymns and Songs2 (July 2003)
(all published by Augsburg Fortress in Minneapolis)
Holy Communion and Related Rites (Spring 2004)
Daily Prayer (Summer 2004)
The Church's Year: Propers & Seasonal Rites (Fall 2004)
Ministry and the Church's Life (Spring 2005)
Eventsbeginning in September 2004, more than thirty
Renewing Worship days will be hosted across the ELCA. Events
will introduce and interpret provisional worship materials and
will encourage feedback. Particular attention will be given
to Principles for Worship in an effort to emphasize worship
renewal rather than the particular resources that may be chosen
Proposala Renewing Worship proposal will go to
the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in 2005. The proposal is likely
to include both a description of the array of resources that
might be affirmed for future use and some statements of ongoing
strategic direction for renewing the church's worship.
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