West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod
Pulpit/Altar Supply  |  Worship Service Design  |  Worship Appointments (Colors, Candles, Decorations, etc.)  |  Resources for Special Occasions 

Ash Wednesday  |  Worship in Lent  |  Prayers of Intercession/Prayer of the Church


Long overdue. We are developing a hub for all matters related to worship in the WV-WMD Synod. Currently, we have worship-related materials scattered across the various branches of our rather large web-tree. Having one place to land where there will be a comprehensive list of synodical worship resources—organized, hopefully, in an accessible scheme—should be a boon to all. This project will probably entail redesign of several already established web pages.

We'd appreciate your help. If you came here looking for something and could not find it, let us know by emailing Porter@WV-WMD.org.

In the meantime, the following is presented for your consideration.

N.B., there are two worship books in common use for liturgy among the congregations of the WV-WMD Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), abbreviated ELW, and the Lutheran Book of Worship (1977), abbreviated LBW. Additionally, some congregations are also using With One Voice (1995). Several are using Sundays and Seasons, a digital resource published by Augsburg Fortress, the ELCA's publishing house. There are also some locally developed liturgies in use as well as supplemental resources published by Augsburg Fortress and liturgical resources published by other entities. It would be very difficult and not a little cumbersome to cover all the resources in use. This page will focus on ELW and LBW. It is up to the individual pastors and congregations to translate if some other resource is used locally.

Ash Wednesday

Less than a month away, Ash Wednesday looms, and planning time is here. We've updated our Ash Wednesday resources:

  • liturgies for Ash Wednesday in both LBW and ELW style;
  • tips for preparing and administering the ashes;
  • guidance for worship appointments (colors, candles, etc.); and
  • things to be careful about.
Visit our Liturgy for Ash Wednesday page and our Appointments for Lent page to access.

Worship in Lent

Appointments for Lent

We're going to purple for the paraments, but there are some interesting color options for Ash Wednesday, Laetare (4th Sunday in Lent), and Holy Week. What else should we be aware of for the days before Lent? Check out the Appointments Lent page.

Designing Liturgy Lent

Is your pulpit vacant? Do you have to plan the worship service (and put together the bulletins)? Are you looking for some guidance? Check our our Liturgy for Lent page.

UpdatedZeidler's Altar Prayers are now available through Easter Vigil.
Prayers of Intercession / Prayer of the Church

  • Prayers of Intercessions (ELW)
  • The Prayers, rubric #22 (LBW)
  • Prayer of the Church
  • Prayers of the People

We've received repeated complaints about the prayers of intercession provided in Sundays and Seasons and in Celebrate. To address this, we offer advice and alternatives. Visit our General Prayer page.

Trappe pulpitSupply Preaching and Presiding

We have a constellation of pages for this. You can start at our Supply Preaching & Presiding page. There you will find
  • policies for supply preaching and presiding,
  • compensation standards, and
  • lists (with contact information) for supply preachers and presiders.
You will also find links to our programs for

Worship Service Design

We've reconstructed our resources for liturgical planning. Rather than templates with all the options as the primary resources, we're providing simple worship forms in MS-Word that users can adapt easily for their local context. Click here to get started.

Worship Appointments — colors, candles, decorations, etc.

We've reconstructed these resources as stand-alone pages for each season. We hope this will be more useful for altar guilds and others involved in these details of worship. Click here to get started.

Resources for Special Occasions

We are slowly going through our already posted collection of resources for special occasions. For now, we offer up the following:

Requiem Mass
An adaptation of the LBW mass to conform with the traditional requiem mass. Originally designed for the death of a student by Bishop Riegel during his time at LCMWVU, it was reworked and annotated during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve as a template for anyone looking for a mass form appropriate for memorial occasions for both deceased individuals and deceased groups of people (e.g., in memory of victims of the pandemic, a natural disaster, war, etc.). It can be translated to work with ELW and other resources.
Muhlenberg Liturgy (1748)
Muhlenberg's 1748 order of service is the oldest Lutheran liturgy designed specifically for use in America. It experienced a brief revival at the time of the American Bicentennial when it was circulated as "A Colonial Liturgy" (or maybe it was "A Colonial Worship Service"). Unfortunately, that form lacked the Eucharistic rite. Bishop Riegel extracted and transcribed the entire service with Communion and Preparatory Service (Penitential Service). Riegel has keyed all elements to the LBW so that hymns appropriate to the liturgy may be employed for the Introit, Gloria, etc. The link in the first column is for the entire liturgy (format is legal/landscape), complete with rubrics. A booklet form in legal/landscape is downloadable in pdf.

West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030  +  Porter@WV-WMD.org