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Worship Helps - Developed by ELCA for Stand With Africa
Since worship is the dominant part of every congregation's life, here are ways to incorporate African worship elements into your services to help you launch and continue to be part of Stand With Africa: A Campaign of Hope. Many congregations hold mid-week services during Lent. Lent itself is a season with a different feel, and the worship elements offered here give you ways to create an alternative atmosphere while holding up the needs of Africa and joining members in the campaign. The Easter season, during which the church celebrates Jesus' resurrection, is also a time for hopeful renewal of partnership with our sisters and brothers in Africa and to participate in the Stand With Africa campaign.
IT STARTS WITH YOU.
Begin by using the 2001 Lenten season and the season of Easter that follows to pray for guidance as you learn how to "Stand With Africa". Singing with Africa is a wonderful way to begin.
WITH ONE VOICE (Augsburg Fortress, 1995)
610 Alleluia (South Africa)
THIS FAR BY FAITH (an African American Resource for Worship: Augsburg Fortress, 1999)
22 Lord, have Mercy (Nkosi, Nkosi)
Litanies and Readings:
The cross is the way of the lost.
The cross is the guide of the blind.
The cross is the hope of the hopeless.
The cross is the water of the seeds.
The cross is the source of those who seek water.
The cross is the healing of the broken.
10th-century African hymn (from Prayer Handbook 1989/90, Methodist Church in Great Britain and the General Committee of the Methodist Church in Ireland [General Purposes Committee], Methodist Publishing House, 20 Ivatt Way, Peterborough PE3 7PG, England)
Great Lion of the grasslands!
Kurotwiamansa: the Leopard,
We call to you, "Come!"
(Ghana, "Invocation of Jesus of the Deep Forest," manuscript, Christina Afua Gyan)
As a statement of African origin to read during a worship service, consider: "We Believe." This Masai affirmation of faith is found as 223 in This Far by Faith. (Augsburg Fortress, 1999)
Include petitions in the Prayers of the People/Prayer of the Church each week on all or some of these concerns:
The issues Stand With Africa will focus on:
HIV/AIDS and related health care; families with members who have HIV/AIDS, especially children whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS; care givers; people who teach HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention; Lutheran churches and governments of Africa as they confront the HIV/AIDS crisis.
People who suffer from hunger and people who do not have a reliable source of food either for sustenance or for income; farmers; for favorable weather for crops.
Creating and building peace; for victims of violence; for refugees and others displaced by violence; for governments; for individuals and organizations who work for peace.
African partners and organizations who work in relief and development to improve people's lives, especially church-based programs; for missionaries from U.S. Lutheran churches working in Africa.
African churches or synods who have special, direct relationships with Lutherans in the United States.
Other Global Worship Resources:
Visit www.elca.org/dgm/resource/worship.html for the following global worship resources. Some African songs and hymns are included. You are encouraged to use them with African music in your launching of Stand With Africa: A Campaign of Hope in your congregation.
For single copy orders of this document, please contact:
ELCA World Hunger Program - 1-800-638-3522 extension 2764
LCMS World Relief - 1-800-248-1930 extension 1380
Please email with comments or questions.
This document last updated: 2/12/2001