A good idea from the WELS…
The latest edition of Together, the bi-monthly WELS newsletter available online and through an email subscription, includes an article about the WELS School of Worship Enrichment (SoWE), a weekend worship seminar offered at various times around the country by the WELS Commission on Worship (C/W). Next fall, the SoWE will reach its 10th anniversary milestone. The first School of Worship Enrichment was held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Citrus Heights, California (Sacramento area) in the fall of 2001. Incidentally, tentative plans are to hold another SoWE in Citrus Heights in the fall of 2011 — not only to mark the 10-year anniversary, but because there has been a good deal of pastoral turnover in the congregations of that area during the last 10 years, and so another Sacramento area SoWE would essentially serve a new group of people.
I have had the privilege to serve on the SoWE presenter team for a little over three years now. My congregation has also participated in two SoWE's – the first one in Citrus Heights nearly a decade ago, and another earlier this year in San Jose. I have thoroughly enjoyed the SoWE from both perspectives — as a participant and as a presenter. The presentations are solidly rooted in the Means of Grace, worship and preaching are well-done and spiritually edifying, and it has been a joy to work with other like-minded Lutherans and assist them with their parishes' worship life.
I encourage any WELS readers of this post to explore the possibility of a School of Worship Enrichment in your area. The person to contact in order to schedule a SoWE in your region is your district's worship coordinator (in the Arizona-California District, that's me!).
Here's the article about the School of Worship Enrichment from the latest Together newsletter: