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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Gathering Again: Guidance for Congregational Leaders in the Virginia Synod

COVID-19 Resources

Office of the Bishop Sermon Series

The Virginia Synod Office of the Bishop will be providing gospel readings and sermons through August 30, 2020 for use in congregations. You can view and download these from either our YouTube Channel, or Vimeo account for use in your congregations Sunday service. You can also view these sermons each Sunday on our Facebook Page.

Online Worship Experiences and Liturgies

There are several online worship experiences and liturgies happening all around the Virginia Synod. Below we’ve collected a list of worship opportunities and included where you can participate with a worship experience, and what time these experiences are being held if they are live-streamed. If you would like your congregation online worship experience shared in this listing, please contact Emily Pilat at pilat@vasynod.org. We will be regularly updating this list as needed.

Online Worship Opportunities

Information on Liturgical Practices

Organ Accompaniments for Hymns for Upcoming Sundays

Below are links to downloadable mp3 audio files providing organ accompaniments for hymns for upcoming Sundays. All tunes are either in the public domain or copyrighted by Augsburg-Fortress, so there are no restrictions on playing the mp3 for your streaming worship or posting the words on your video feed or an accompanying bulletin. (Thanks to Nancy Delaney and Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke for providing these.)

5th Sunday after Pentecost (Lectionary 14A)

6th Sunday after Pentecost (Lectionary 15A)

7th Sunday after Pentecost (Lectionary 16A)

8th Sunday after Pentecost (Lectionary 17A)

9th Sunday after Pentecost (Lectionary 18A) – Aug. 2, 2020

10th Sunday after Pentecost (Lectionary 19A) – Aug. 9, 2020

11th Sunday after Pentecost (Lectionary 20A) – Aug. 16, 2020

Generosity Matters March 2020

Generosity Matters is a set of web-based financial and stewardship emphasis originally developed for use in congregations by the Virginia Synod, Pastor David Derrick and St. Philip Lutheran Church. The updated version has been modified for use by congregations to talk about stewardship in our world which has been reshaped by COVID-19.  Download the “Start Here” document to get an overview of the resources that are available: Start Here for Generosity Matters March 2020 Update

The spread of the COVID-19 virus is impacting all communities, changing established patterns of life, and creating anxiety.

As we engage in ministry with congregants and the community, it is helpful to remain calm and to get your information from trusted sources like the Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus Update Page and/or the CDC.  It is also important to remind folks that concerns about coronavirus should focus on public health and safety and NOT be used as an excuse for anti-Asian-American racism or xenophobia. We urge you to speak out against this kind of hate.

While the need for physical distancing is difficult, it is a critical step in caring for ourselves and for our neighbors.

Page Updated 6/23/2020