Companion of the Worship Arts

The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honour bestowed on individuals in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC).

Conferred in the ELCIC since 1996, the honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts. The honour is presented at the every-two-year National Worship Conference.

In 2014, in recognition of our growing full-communion relationship with the Anglican Church of Canada, two Companions were honoured, one from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  and one from the Anglican Church of Canada. This pattern continues for 2016.

The 2016 ELCIC Companion of the Worship Arts will be conferred at the joint ACC – ELCIC  National Worship Conference, Formation & Reformation, to be held in Waterloo, Ontario, July 24 – 27, 2016.

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2016 Call for Nominations

On behalf of the ELCIC National Bishop, the Program Committee for Worship calls for nominations for the 2016 Companion of the Worship Arts. Nomination material must include:

  1. Biographical material locating the candidate in the life and ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
  2. Reasons for the nomination including a list of the person’s specific contributions to the worship life of the ELCIC. Examples may include international, national, synodical and local involvements.
  3. An indication of the ways the person continues to inspire and encourage others in the worship life of the church.
  4. Three or more additional letters of support from people familiar with the individual’s contributions.

Note: Current members of the Program Committee for Worship are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination Process

ELCIC nominations should be received by March 31, 2016. A parallel process is taking place in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Please send ELCIC nomination material to:

The Revd Eric Dyck
3594 Jeanne Mance
Montréal, Québec
H2X 2K3
stjohns@SaintJohnsLutheranMontreal.org

The Companion of the Worship Arts Medal

The Companion of the Worship Arts medal was commissioned in 1995 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. It is the work of acclaimed artist, the Rev. Michael Mills, OSA, CWA. The image on the obverse is entitled “The Dance”. The reverse bears the name of the recipient and the year.

Companion of the Worship Arts Laureates

1996 – Paul F. Bosch, Waterloo, Ontario
1998 – Donald Johnson, North Vancouver, British Columbia
2000 – Margaret Harms, Calgary Alberta
2002 – Michael Mills, Toronto, Ontario
2004 – Eduard Riegert, Waterloo, Ontario
2005 – Elaine Nelson, Medicine Hat, Alberta
2006 – Debbie Lou Ludolph, Waterloo, Ontario
2008 – Karen Johnson-Lefsrud, Victoria, British Columbia
2010 – Robyn Simpson-Mohr, Camrose, Alberta
2012 – Jann E. Boyd, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2014 – Joy Berg, Edmonton, Alberta (ELCIC) and Graham Cotter, Warkworth, Ontario (ACC)