COVID-19

The response of governments, organizations, and faith Communities to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. As our congregations adjust to changing realities, we offer this page as a resources for all clergy, leaders, and members to give opportunity for ongoing worship, prayer, and faith formation.

ELCIC Updates

Letters from our National Church (more info on the ELCIC Public Health page)

Sept. 08, 2020 (ELCIC update on the CEWS)
Aug. 6, 2020
(letter to treasurers regarding financial support available through the Government of Canada programs)
June 12, 2020 (letter to treasurers regarding support and programs available to congregations)
May 3, 2020 (Open Letter from Lutheran and Anglican Bishops re: Guaranteed Basic Income)
April 2, 2020
March 16, 2020
March 13, 2020
March 4, 2020

 

Worship - Live streams

MNO Congregations who are providing worship services online (live, pre-recorded, or as a bulletin/manuscript) for anyone to access:

(Here is a good tutorial for crossposting facebook live videos)

HERE  is a brief guide on how to insert pre-recorded sermons and cross-post videos from other congregations (perhaps for summer worship when leaders are on holiday)

Sherwood Park Lutheran Church – Sundays at 10:30am CDT

Faith Lutheran Church – Sundays at 10:00am CDT

St. Luke’s Zion Lutheran Church– Sundays at 10:30am CDT

Abundant Life Lutheran Church and
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – pre-recorded worship, readings, prayers, and recorded sermons

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church – worship, devotions, and recorded sermons

Messiah Lutheran Church – mid-week Holden Evening Prayer (Wed, 7pm CDT), weekly worship via Facebook Live (Sun. 11:00am CDT)

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – pre-recorded worship

Zion Lutheran Church, Beausejour – daily prayer (noon CDT), service of Word and prayer (Sunday, 10am CDT)

St. Stephen and St. Bede – a blended Lutheran and Anglican worshipping community

Gimli Lutheran Church – pre-recorded worship

First Lutheran, Winnipeg – pre-recorded Children’s messages

Trinity Lutheran Church, Thalberg  – Sunday sermons pre-recorded and available on their Facebook page. A link to videos, PDF copies of sermons and children’s messages on the website for those without a Facebook account. PDFs can be printed for those without internet.

Epiphany Lutheran – pre-recorded worship posted on YouTube. Fellowship time via Zoom (Sunday between 10:30-11:15). Previous worship services available on the web site.

Zion, Friedensthal

Hilldale Lutheran – English, Finnish and bi-lingual pre-recorded services posted to YouTube.  Also the service for Salem Lutheran, Pass Lake, ON

 

Non-recorded resources:

Service outlines and sermon manuscripts from Rev. Theo Robinson (Interlake Regional Shared Ministry/St. Michael’s Anglican Parish)

Sermon manuscripts and other reflections from Pr. Erik Parker (Sherwood Park Lutheran)

Trinity Lutheran Church, Bergland, Ontario Facebook group — Each Sunday, at 11:00 Central Time, Trinity posts a short service with the reading of the Gospel for the day, a selection of music, and a prayer.

 

 

Worship Resources

Here are some things to help maintain worship practice at home:

Worship.ca – the official worship website of the ELCIC. They provide Where Two or Three are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies

ELCIC Pastor’s Resource – a Youtube channel created by ELCIC pastors and congregations. Includes worship, devotional, children’s, and other resources.

ELCA Blog Resource: Worship at Home

ELCA Resource: Daily Prayer at Home

Waytolead.org – an ELCA-affiliated organization offering resources to leaders. They have free Holy Week liturgies and PowerPoints for use in digital worship.

Holy Week I Spy Poem – a Holy Week activity for children and families

 

For Children & Youth

Children & Youth may need some special attention as they sense the anxiety around them. A separate Faith Formation Resource page has been created and will be updated regularly with resources and ideas for ministering with young people during this time.

MNO Synod Letters and Updates

The Province of Manitoba has developed a more detailed set of guides for various gatherings–including faith-based gatherings.  Rather than continuing to update the synod guidelines, we recommend these to you as you consider the needs in your context.  We are available to help you and your congregation translate these guides to your specific situation.

Letters from Bishop Jason, and ongoing updates. To receive updates directly, sign up for our newsletter.

May 22, 2020 — Re-opening guideline COVID-19
MNO COVID Congregation Poster
MB Health Covid Poster – attention visitors
MB Health Covid-precautions

 

 

 

April 15, 2020
April 1, 2020
March 31, 2020
March 16, 2020
March 13, 2020

Letters from Church Partners and invitations for prayer.

LWF Invitation to Prayer – a joint invitation with the Roman Catholic Church

Daily Devotions

Resources to stay connected with scripture and active in prayer:

God Pause – a daily devotional from Luther Seminary, St. Paul MN. You can subscribe to receive daily emails.

Lutherans Connect – a daily devotional for Lent

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Winnipeg – Weekly devotional via Facebook

Lutheran World Federation – daily prayer for the season of Easter

 

Other Links

Other various resources available to congregations and leaders:

ELCA Document: Considerations for Returning to In-Person Worship (May 2020)

Hope, Gratitude and Solidarity – A Message to Canadians from Religious Leaders in Canada

Faith + Lead – Resources from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) to help congregations adapt to challenges

ELCA – Resources and tips from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

LWF worship resources for Holy Week and Easter

World Health Organization resource: Practical Considerations and Recommendations for Religious Leaders and Faith-based Communities

On-Demand Webinar: Mental Health and Resilience During COVID-19 from the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute

Tolerance for Uncertainty — Covid-19 Workbook

 

Government and Health Updates

The Province of Manitoba has developed a more detailed set of guides for various gatherings–including faith-based gatherings.  Rather than continuing to update the synod guidelines, we recommend these to you as you consider the needs in your context.  We are available to help you and your congregation translate these guides to your specific situation.

This order from Ontario (June 8, 2020) allows for 30% capacity as of June 12.

This resource is for congregations in Manitoba (May 16, 2020) to allow for electronic meetings when their by-laws don’t currently have a provision for that.

This order from Ontario (May 16, 2020) allows for drive-in worship services.

Frequently updated information and policy:

Government of Canada – Public health information from across the country

Government of Manitoba – News and updates from Manitoba Health, including COVID-19 bulletins

Government of Ontario – Dedicated COVID-19 page with updates and information

 

Recent Newsletters

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March 15th, 11:05 am

A prayer around the ‘Full Communion Tree’ as we end our joint meeting of ELCIC National Church Council and ACC Council of General Synod ... See MoreSee Less

March 15th, 8:41 am

A re-post of the ELCIC Bishops' letter to congregations re: COVID-19. mnosynod.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200313BishopsUpdateCOVID19.pdf
Please share this letter with your communities.
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March 13th, 2:19 pm

In response to the many questions and concerns we are receiving regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Bishops of the ELCIC have jointly issued a letter to our members. You can find the letter here: mnosynod.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200313BishopsUpdateCOVID19.pdf
Blessings to you all.
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February 7th, 2:24 pm

Thank you, Bishop Susan, for putting into words our call to work for justice and peace in the world in Christ's name. ... See MoreSee Less