Welcome to Church@Home! Whether you are in self-isolation, your congregation has suspended services, or you’re just looking for some spiritual support and encouragement, we hope that we can help you find what you need. Soon this crisis will pass, but in the meantime, let’s keep the body of Christ healthy…
From the LCA
The following documents supersede all previous advice. Please ensure that you have read them carefully.
COVID-19 eNews Issue 4, issued 24 March.
Visit the LCA Covid-19 Response page
Links to Public Health websites
For weekly Family Worship Service videos for home use, please go to the current week on the Prepare Services tab.
Livestreaming services are broadcast straight from a church to your computer. Simply sit down in front of the computer at the scheduled service time and join in. Many of the sites below also have an archive, so you can watch as many sermons as you like!
(For advice for pastors and congregations on how to prepare online and other resources, please see the Worship@Home section)
Lutheran Media Livestreaming
Worship online live or during the week at:
St Michael’s Lutheran Church, Hahndorf, South Australia (Streamed live at 9:30am (Aust CST) on 1st Sunday of the month. 10:30am on other Sundays. 4th Sunday of the month is 'Sermon Only'.)
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Toowoomba, Queensland (Streamed live at 9am Queensland time every Sunday).
Or go to www.livestream.com/luthworship and click the location.
You can also order free Worship DVDs and CDs at www.lutheranmedia.org.au/worship or call Lutheran Media on 1800 353 350
Other Livestreamed Services
Many churches are now livestreaming their services or are loading prerecorded service on their websites, and welcome others to access these services . Some of these include:
Immanuel, Woden Valley http://woden.lutheran.org.au/livestream/
Lifeway Epping, NSW - Simply go to http://www.lifeway.net.au and click on the play icon underneath that countdown timer or click this link which will take you straight to YouTube. The YouTube link will be active approximately 10mins before the service starts (ie: from 9:20AM AEDST).
St Paul’s Sydney https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyYJ36Yro9td6xbK3oD0n6Q?
Indonesian Sydney http://indonesian-sydney.lutheran.org.au/khotbah/
Ipswich Lutheran Church https://ipswich.online.church/ - Services times this Sunday (AEDT): 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 4:30pm. (For NZ - add 3 hours and 45 minutes, for NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, ACT - add one hour, for South Australia- add half an hour, for NT - subtract half an hour, for WA subtract 2 hours)
Living Faith Lutheran Church, Murrumba Downs https://www.livingfaith.org.au/church-online
St Paul's Lutheran Church, Box Hill https://www.stpaulsboxhill.org.au/ or Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxCh_msqE8PDXBFkF1AGPA
St Paul's Lutheran, Shepparton https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCTupHYtPmWzZQDEpnNQE2RA The same link also offers devotional resources.
Grovedale Lutheran Church https://grovedale.lutheran.org.au/streaming/
St Petri, Nuriootpa https://stpetri.org.au/small-worship/ This is a prerecorded service, which will be uploaded on Fridays.
The Ark, Salisbury on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arkchurch.com.au/
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Adelaide View pre-recorded sermons at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbcejJndMFcNPazB7pdNaw . Visit https://www.bethlehemadelaide.org.au/news/ to download printable service orders, Bible readings and devotional resources for each week.
There are a number of ways you can worship at home or in your small group.
You can watch a livestreamed service (see View@Home) or use one of the following:
Printed Service Order for the week
(go to Prepare Services on navigation pane, and select the current week)
This will have all of the liturgy, prayers and readings of a regular service, along with suggested hymns. You can choose a sermon from the selection for the week. You may like to watch Youtube Clips of the suggested hymns or access the backing tracks so you can sing along at home. You could either read through the service order and sermon yourself, or take turns in your group reading the parts (one person to read the leader’s part, someone else reads the Bible passages etc).
Family Worship Video for the week
(go to Prepare Services on navigation pane, and select the current week)
Intended for families and small groups, this is a more interactive short worship service with readings, activities, a message, prayers and a blessing. Groups of all ages can use this in combination with a selection of YouTube music clips. Available as a video, as a PowerPoint or in printable format.
Everyday and Seasonal Prayers
These short prayer orders were written especially for families and small groups. You can access them online here or if you would like to purchase a family or small group pack of printed prayer books and four copies of a Prayer Booklet, visit Australian Church Resources to order here.
Advice for Pastors and Congregations
The following advice has been prepared by Lutheran Media and the Commission on Worship to assist congregations in planning how to best support their people during this challenging time. We understand that not all congregations are the same.
NEWS! Getty Music has advised us of the following:
As churches around the world experience the new reality of delivering worship services online during this unique season of COVID-19 prevention and social distancing, Getty Music is providing music and video resources to help. During this time, please feel free to use songs from the Getty Music Publishing and Getty Music Hymns and Songs catalogs (these are names you’ll see in the copyright notice) on a license-free basis as part of the transmission of your services. We also gladly make available the use of our recorded materials, especially our lyric videos and accompaniment tracks, as part of livestreamed services during this prayerfully limited period. As you are able, please also check into the licensing options from CCLI and others that are appropriate to your church’s use of music on an ongoing basis. Your support of these licensing outlets is in many ways a support of Getty Music. God’s blessings on your worship services and the health of your people as we all navigate these waters together.Visit https://www.gettymusic.com/videosandmusicresources for more information.
We know that life might feel quite challenging during this difficult time. Prayer is a powerful tool God has given us, and we encourage everyone to develop an active and positive prayer life each week.
Weekly Contemplative Prayer Sheets, the Prayer of the Church and Prayer Points are available each week by going to Prepare Services and selecting the current week.
Prayer Resources from the LCA
Prayers from other church bodies
The Lutheran World Federation has released the following prayer documents:
The National Council of Churches of Australia has sent a request for people to join together each day at 5pm to pray, and for this Sunday, 29 March, to be designated a National Day of Prayer. You can find out more here.
Other Prayer Links
Pastor Matt Thiele, Pastor Doug Fitzpatrick and Immanuel Congregation Buderim have an excellent prayer website JustPrayer.org
Prayers and Bible Verses For Troubled Times
We will upload some prayer resources and Bible verses specifically for these challenging times soon.
Lutheran Media’s Messages of Hope
For crisis: www.messagesofhope.org.au/natural-disaster
For mental health: http://www.messagesofhope.org.au/mental-health/
There is also a short video on Living with Uncertainty, a 15 minute discussion message with the opportunity for people to read and watch other content to help them through these changing times.
Mental Health Support
If you are experiencing significant depression or anxiety, please contact your local pastor for support.
There are agencies who provide excellent support if you are struggling, and we encourage you to contact them if you feel overwhelmed.
Phone: 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days)
Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)
Chat online: https://www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat (7pm - midnight, 7 nights)
Kids Helpline – for children that may need support 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 https://beyondblue.org.au
This section is for sharing resources which can help you grow in your faith during this challenging time.
Links to LCA Resources
Daily Devotions https://www.lca.org.au/category/daily-devotion/
Local Mission's New and Renewing Churches team has a range of books and online studies you may find helpful https://www.lca.org.au/departments/local-mission/new-and-renewing-churches/book-and-resources/
Links to Children’s Resources
GROW Ministries has a great range of resources for children and families. To help people navigate this tricky time, GROW is offering a package of free downloadable resources for free over this first month of worshipping at home. Visit their website here.
Links to other Christian sites
Illustrated Ministry has beautiful downloadable colouring sheets and prayer resources for children and adults. Normally a pay-to-download site, they are offering free resources to support people during this crisis. https://www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve
Links to LCA sites and services
See the LCA COVID-19 Response page.
Ideas for Serving Your Community
- If your congregation is distributing printed worship resources or DVDs, why not add a roll of toilet paper or other essentials when delivering to the elderly or vulnerable? Add a tract or an encouraging card, and contact details if people need someone to talk to or are having difficulties.
- Set up phone trees so people can stay in touch and check on those on their own or who are especially vulnerable. This works well if a small group shares telephone numbers, and one of them is asked to alert the church office/pastor if someone becomes unwell or is in distress. Maintaining this kind of social contact and care for each other will be really important in helping people to cope.
- For people on their own, the telephone can be a great tool for worship as well – why not encourage people who are on their own to call each other and read their devotions or the service together?
- How about creating a postcard to drop in your neighbours' letterboxes giving them your phone number and letting them know you are willing to help them with shopping/gardening/a chat if they have to go into self-isolation or can't get out?
- Revive the art of letter-writing or send people an encouraging card. We all need to know that people are thinking of us and praying for us.
Phonecare is an excellent guide to setting up a caring phone ministry. It was created by the LCA's Church Worker Support team.
Coming soon! Links to activities, encouraging words and good ideas to help each other.
Please email email@example.com if you have any ideas to share!