National Magazine of the Lutheran Church of Australia

Shaping Convention worship … a joint task with pastoral heart

October 2018

by Adrian Kitson

One of the roles the LCA’s Commission on Worship fulfills is to work under the church’s College of Bishops to plan and coordinate the worship life of the triennial Convention of Synod. We do this with a pastoral heart.

We also do this with the following values underpinning our work:
• The business of convention is critical for the wellbeing of the church now and into the future.
• Convention business and especially the decisions that
are made by convention are entered into wrapped in God’s word, as he meets us and serves us in word and meal.
• The people of God who take responsibility for the direction of the church need to do so as a praying people. Praying, singing, listening to God’s word and participating in his meal of life are primary each day that synod meets. The day is begun, continued and ended in prayer.
• The bishops of the church are always pastors of the church. To see them operating in their calling each day in leading the divine service is a strong affirmation of this calling to them and to the delegates of convention that brings all of us back to the core of our church – God working in and through his people by his gospel.

Convention planning is a major item of business for all commission meetings for the three years leading up to convention. The biblical theme of convention is a joint project of the College of Bishops and the Commission on Worship. It comes from much dialogue in the first year of the three-year synodical term.

This year’s logo, which incorporates the general theme faith. freedom. future, is inspired by the journey of the Israelites, as written in the book of Exodus. This biblical theme was borne out of the questions, ‘What is our future?’, ‘How can we make decisions about our church with confidence?’, and ‘How can we help our people find encouragement from Scripture as they participate in Convention, so that they can be people of hope, faith and love where they live?’

We pray that the 2018 Convention of Synod helps us walk together in God’s Spirit and see his love coming to life in each other and our local communities, families and places of work.

Pastor Adrian Kitson is Chairperson of the LCA’s Commission on Worship.