SWCA Synod Worship Services

Beginning the first Sunday of Advent – November 29, 2020 – the Office of the Bishop will no longer be providing online worship. The Synod website continues to list the different possibilities for worshiping remotely and digitally with many of the congregations of the SWCA Synod. If your congregation is not listed, but should be, please contact shenderson@socalsynod.org. We encourage all to continue to be faithful in our shared support of proclaiming the Gospel in Word and deed as individuals, as congregations, as a Synod of over 100 ministries, and as the Churchwide Expression, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

November 22, 2020

Christ the King Sunday

Order of WorshipEnglish | Spanish

Interim Bishop Murray D. Finck encourages generosity in this the third part of his series on stewardship. Music from Shepherd of the Valley in Simi Valley and American Lutheran in Burbank, plus children’s chat and song from Lutheran Retreats, Camps & Conferences. Pastor John Yu shares the ministries of Bethlehem Chinese and Lisa Skelley celebrates Grace Diner in Grace, Culver City.

 

November 15, 2020

24th Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship – English | Spanish

Interim Bishop Murray D. Finck continues his series on generosity. Ale Suarez and Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences offer music. The ministries of First Lutheran in Inglewood and Still Water Pantry from Shepherd of the Valley in Simi Valley are celebrated.

 

November 8, 2020

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Interim Bishop Murray D. Finck reflects on generosity. Holy Redeemer Bellflower shares their food ministry. Music Mayhem offers musical selections.

 

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

November 1, 2020

All Saints’ Sunday

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Deacon Lynn Bulock preaches and worship leaders from New Hope, Agoura commemorate All Saints Day.

 

All Saints’ Sunday

October 25, 2020

Reformation Sunday

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

The pastors and congregants of Southwest California Synod’s African Descent communities offer this celebration of Reformation Day. Pastor John Miller preaches. Music by Chester Gregory and Corey Hogan. Spencer Sanders from Olivet, Hawthorne as videographer.

 

October 18, 2020

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Julie Morris and the congregation of Mt. Cross Lutheran Church in Camarillo share their service with the synod. Music and a children’s chat from Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences are included.

20th Sunday after Pentecost

October 11, 2020

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Kenneth Davis and leaders from Bethel Lutheran Church in Encino offer today’s worship service celebrating Psalm 23. You can find song lyrics found in the worship bulletin.

October 4, 2020

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Brenda Bos leads this service from an outdoor sanctuary, utilizing “paperless music” as a way to invite singing in the home. The staff of Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences provides a modern day telling of a parable. Videos from Music Makes Community round out the teaching of paperless music. www.musicthatmakescommunity.org

18th Sunday after Pentecost

September 27, 2020

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Steve Otte and musicians from Grace Lutheran, Covina, lead this service. Children’s chat and sending song from Lutheran Retreats, Camps & Conferences.

17th Sunday after Pentecost

September 20, 2020

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Cyndi Jones, the Pastor of Disability Ministry from Pacifica Synod, celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with this sermon on the healing of Bartimaeus. Pastors Hongsun Kim and Joseph Casteneda Carrera lead prayers in Japanese, English and Spanish. Music from American Lutheran Church in Burbank and Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences.

September 13, 2020

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Dawn Wilder and members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bakersfield offer today’s service.

15th Sunday after Pentecost

September 6, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

This service was constructed and produced by Drew Stever, a candidate for ordination in the SWCA synod.

14th Sunday after Pentecost

August 30, 2020

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Jonathan Hemphill and the members of Ascension Lutheran Church in Los Angeles celebrate their 78th anniversary with song, dance and greetings from former pastors. This video originally played August 23, 2020 and uses the assigned gospel for that day.

13th Sunday after Pentecost

August 23, 2020

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Roderick Hines and Shandra Hines lead worship for the digital worship service of the Southwest California Synod. Pastor Hines preaches from his series “Relevant Jesus.”

12th Sunday after Pentecost

August 16, 2020

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Interim Bishop Murray Finck preaches. Music from Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences and pianist Todd Kolberg is featured.

11th Sunday after Pentecost

August 9, 2020

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Interim Bishop Murray Finck welcomes us to today’s worship service featuring two sermons; a drawing sermon on Romans 8 from TEEM Pastor Jade Ortiz and a podcast from Pastor George Villa on the gospel lesson of Jesus walking on the water. Music provided by the musicians of Ascension Lutheran in Thousand Oaks.

10th Sunday after Pentecost

August 2, 2020

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Deborah Andersen and musicians from Grace Lutheran Church in Covina offer this service for the 9th Sunday of Pentecost.

9th Sunday after Pentecost

July 26, 2020

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Service of Thanksgiving for Conclusion of Call

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Bishop R. Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod preaches in this service of farewell and godspeed. Members of synod staff, synod council and synod congregations lead worship and offer words of blessing. Music provided by Our Savior’s Lutheran in Long Beach, St. Paul’s in Santa Monica, Tyra Dennis from Another Level Ministries and the Association of Lutheran Musicians.

8th Sunday after Pentecost

July 19, 2020

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English| Spanish 

Pastor James Phillips preaches with several musical selections from Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks.

7th Sunday after Pentecost

July 12, 2020

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English| Spanish 

Pastor Scott Peterson offers the sermon and prayers for Sunday, July 12. The Lutheran Chancel Choir at Ascension Lutheran, Thousand Oaks sings a virtual benediction.

6th Sunday after Pentecost

July 5, 2020

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English| Spanish 

Coordinator of Latino Ministries and TEEM Pastor Maria Paiva offers prayers and this week’s sermon. Music by Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences and Todd Kolberg.

5th Sunday after Pentecost

June 28, 2020

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Worship: English 

Pastor Brenda Bos, Assistant to the Bishop for Rostered Leadership, and Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences join together to celebrate the 4th Sunday after Pentecost.

June 21, 2020

Third Sunday after Pentecost/Sunday after Juneteenth

Order of Worship: English | Spanish

Pastor Craig Beeker preaches and the African Descent pastors offer a powerful Juneteenth commemoration. Recently called pastors in our synod offer the readings and prayers.

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

June 14, 2020

SWCA Synod Baccalaureate

Program and Prayers 

Prayers in Spanish 

Graduates of Southwest California Synod are celebrated in this baccalaureate with youth leaders and wonderful music. Rachel Kurtz and Tyra Dennis offer special music.

June 7, 2020

Order of Worship 

Spanish Language

Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton, preaches and the staff of the Southwest California Synod (with a few guest stars) lead worship on Holy Trinity Sunday 2020.

May 31, 2020

Order of Worship 

Spanish Language 

Pastor Tracy Williams preaches and the African Descent pastors of Southwest California Synod celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit in this Pentecost service. Musicians from New City Parish and Another Level Ministries raise the roof.

May 24, 2020

Order of Worship 

A Liturgy for Lookin Up Boldly 

Spanish Language 

Pastor Joseph Casteneda Carrera preaches and various members of congregations throughout Southwest California Synod offer prayers, music and readings. The Nicene Creed is performed by a VBS group from Houston, TX.

May 21, 2020 (or May 24, 2020)

May 17, 2020

Order of Worship 

Spanish Language 

Pastor Nancy Switzler and TEEM Pastor Jade Ortiz preach at this synod-wide worship service featuring leaders from throughout Southern California.

May 10, 2020

Order of Worship 

Spanish Language 

Pastor Matt Keadle preaches with his mother and grandmother; pastors, deacons and members of congregations throughout Southwest California Synod offer dance, creative movement and music in this celebration of the fifth Sunday of Easter, 2020. Bishop Guy Erwin offers greetings in a time of coronavirus.

May 3, 2020

Order of Worship 

Spanish Language 

Pastors Liz and Ryan Radtke preach, Luther Glen Farm staff lead children’s worship and sing, congregations in the Central Coast Conference lead us in song and readings for “Good Shepherd” Sunday.

April 26, 2020

Order of Worship 

Spanish Language 

Pastor Hazel Salazar-Davidson preaches about the Road to Emmaus. Members of congregations throughout the Southwest California Synod participate, including John Brown from Resurrection, Redondo Beach, Nathan Maxwell-Doherty from Luther Glen Farm and Tyralucia Dennis from Another Level Ministries, Los Angeles.

April 19, 2020

Order of Worship

Spanish Language

Bishop Guy Erwin preaches and presides at this Service of the Word for Sunday, April 19, 2020. Readings are done by several deacons in the ELCA.

April 12, 2020

Order of Worship

Spanish Language

Bishop R. Guy Erwin presides and Pastor James Phillips preaches at this celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Over 20 members of various Southwest California Synod communities participate in this digital Easter Service.

April 12, 2020

Maundy Thursday with Pastor Brenda Bos. No service bulletin – you are invited to bring a bowl of water, a towel, a candle, and maybe your dinner.

April 5, 2020

Order of Worship 

Spanish Language 

Bishop R. Guy Erwin presides over a Service of the Word for Palm Sunday. This service includes the passion reading by 40 members of Southwest California Synod congregations.

Comments(5)

  1. Evelyn Murray says

    Thank you for your foresight and for preparing this service. Thank you for discussing and praying for the real issues that many are facing and/or may face. This was a meaningful service. My heart is blessed and full.

  2. Ellen Jennrich says

    Thanks for a wonderful worship time again. Such a comforting and encouraging way to keep us together in this crazy time of new ways of doing life!

  3. Evelyn Murray says

    Thank you, again. Today’s worship experience was so nice.

  4. Evelyn Murray says

    Missed the ELCA service for today. Thank you for all the prior Sunday Worship Services.

    • Samantha Henderson says

      We were unable to post this weekend because of a website update. September 20 is posted now! You can also see the Synod Digital Service on the Synod’s FaceBook page.

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