crucifix-on-whiteThe IDE Worship Committee exists to promote, encourage and support excellent worship practice among the congregations of the Iowa District East.  The Committee especially supports a Scripturally-based theology of worship and practice which appreciates the historic liturgy of the Christian Church and works to apply that practice to the church today.  The use of Lutheran Service Book (LSB) with its many options for Word and Sacrament ministry, as well as the prayer offices and occasional services contained in it, along with its companion volumes, such as the Agenda, Pastoral Care Companion, and Hymn and Liturgy Accompaniment editions are highly commended to IDE congregations.  The Committee seeks to support pastors and their congregations by offering guidelines for weddings and funerals, and commending weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  The Committee also stands ready to address questions and topics about worship practice submitted by pastors and congregations, and to provide its advice and counsel.  A recent project by the Committee (2011) produced background information on seven hymns from LSB which may be used as bulletin inserts or even as teaching devices.

Members of the Committee

  • Donna Armbrecht
  • Tony Birnbaum
  • Rev. John Block
  • Rev. Jonathan Crawford
  • Rev. Anthony Dodgers
  • Karen Godecke
  • Marilyn Paetz
  • Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders, IDE President
  • Rev. Andy Wright

The Committee always invites input from IDE pastors and congregations as to how it can continue to carry out its mission.