It was a ‘day of celebration’ for members of Bethlehem Lutheran congregation at Morley in suburban Perth recently, when a visiting Sudanese community choir swelled their numbers and shared African hymns and songs during worship.
Did you watch Lutheran worship services on community TV stations Channel 44 in South Australia or Channel 31 in Victoria in 2020? If so, the worship committee of St John’s Lutheran Church Unley wants to hear from you.
For many churches around the LCA/NZ, COVID-19 gathering and health restrictions may mean they are unable to host the large Christmas services or be involved in the big community events they usually do. Instead, faith communities have come up with new and innovative ways to worship.
When COVID-19 put a temporary halt to public worship, congregations were challenged to put a new emphasis on offering online worship. Many different people take part in the presentation of worship and are filmed in their homes, close-up. That’s where nostril hairs are important.
Intergenerational ministry is a priority for members of St Mark’s Lutheran Church Dalby in Queensland, so during COVID-19 church closures, they embraced new opportunities to engage all generations in their worship and activities.
In partnership with the LCA SA–NT District’s mission department, Australian Lutheran College (ALC) is conducting a research/training project in worship design and leadership, supported by an LLL mission grant.