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 weekly video messages from Bishop Rogness. 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 unprecidented distancing.
Worship Moments in A Time of Disruption
Bishop Rogness offers these taped recordings for your use in worship for the next three weekends. They follow the lectionary. Or you might offer them up on your various communication channels in your communities as a way to stop in the day for scripture, message and prayers. In whatever way you use them, may God bless your ministries and our walk together through this time of disruption.
“A Thriving Church” Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Resources for Staying Connected Community
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 email@example.com.
What Are Churches Doing?
Congregations across the synod are doing some creative things during this time of physical distancing. In addition to digital 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.
- St. John’s in Johnson Creek offers drive-in worship.
from WISC-TV Madison
Daily Online Devotionals
Curated list of online daily devotions from our synod and across the church.
- ELC (Mt. Horeb) – Daily @ 8am via Facebook Live
- Bethel (Madison) – Daily via YouTube & Facebook Live
- St. Paul’s (Waterloo) – Daily via Facebook
- Morning Watch – Daily via YouTube & Facebook
Morning Watch is a daily devotional by two young adult Lutheran pastors in NC Synod, ELCA. The daily devotionals include a video for adults and a separate one for kids.
Comic Relief for Turbulent Times
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.