SWCA Synod Worship Services

Welcome to worship in the chapel of the Lutheran Center in Glendale. We find ourselves in a remarkable situation, in which the danger of contagion with the novel coronavirus has required the cancellation of of worship in our ELCA churches in the Southwest California Synod.

You may be by yourself, but when you pray with us, you are joining the whole church in our synod, our nation and throughout the world.

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(4)

  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.

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