For Lutherans, worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world. However right now things in the church have changed drastically and so we are seeking ways to stay connected with one another in new ways.
This page contains many resources on our life together in this brand new landscape including resources for digital (online) worship, staying connected as a church, and video messages from then Interim Bishop Peter Rogness and current Bishop Joy Mortensen-Wiebe. Continually check back as we are adding new information and resources as often as we can to equip congregations to care for and connect their community during this time of unprecedented distancing.
From April 19-September 27, 2020 Interim Bishop Peter Rogness taped weekly sermon recordings for congregational use during this time of pandemic that followed the weekly lectionary. Congregations utilized them in worship or offered them up through various communication channels in their communities as a way to stop in the day for scripture, message and prayers.
To view any of those weekly messages, please visit the archive on the Synod’s YouTube channel by clicking below:
Stories are the foundation of our faith. They teach us how to serve God with humility. They remind us of our identity as God’s beloved children. They bring us together and give us hope for the future. Given the challenges of 2020, we need stories of hope and unity more than ever before. That’s where your 2020-2021 edition of “Stories of Faith in Action”comes in. This annual publication illustrates how God is at work across the ELCA through your generosity.
A thriving church is one so convinced of the resurrection that we’re free to give our lives in service to others. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares how the ELCA continues to thrive in country churches, cityscapes, and places with no walls in this message for 2020 Synod Assemblies.
Wondering what God is up to in your community right now? Struggling to adapt in these unprecedented circumstances? Not sure where to go from here?
Don’t worry—you aren’t alone! God wants to tell a story through your congregation, but social distancing can make it hard to know what that story is. We believe that all congregations can learn simple techniques to reconnect with each other and their neighborhood while maintaining safe social distancing.
It starts with learning how to LISTEN, ACT, and SHARE…
There are so many health resources being shared that we also wanted to share resources for how we can stay socially connected while being physically distanced. Resources are organized in color-coded categories:
If you see or know of a resource that you think should be included here please share it with us! Contact Deacon Vicki Hanrahan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congregations across the synod are doing some creative things during this time of physical distancing. In addition to digital streaming worship see below for stories (click on the story to read more). If your congregation has something to share be sure to reach out to Deacon Vicki at the Synod Office.
Curated list of online daily devotions from our synod and across the church.
Some congregations are embracing that humor is never a bad thing…
*Note that links to resources above do not necessarily represent endorsement by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-ELCA; they are simply provided as a public service. Be sure to carefully vet any information, offer or service.