Accessibility How can we make our worship space accessible? How can our worship services be more welcoming to people with disabilities?Holy Baptism What are appropriate baptismal practices? What are baptismal festivals? What is a baptismal remembrance — sprinkling with water? Should Lutherans rebaptize former Mormons who are joining a congregation?Church Year What is an Advent wreath? Why and how do we use ashes on Ash Wednesday? Why don't we use Alleluias during Lent? How do we use a paschal candle? Holy Communion How is Holy Communion distributed? At what age do ELCA congregations allow members their first Communion? What kinds of bread are appropriate for Holy Communion? How often should a congregation celebrate Holy Communion? How can we provide for Communion of the ill, homebound, and imprisoned? How do we move to weekly Communion? Full Communion What does "Full Communion" mean for lutheran worship?Funerals What are the basics of a Lutheran funeral? What are columbaria and memorial gardens? What about organ donation and cremation? How do rites of social and fraternal societies relate to Lutheran funerals? Language What is the proper use of language in worship?Lectionary Where does the list of readings for our Sunday worship come from?Liturgy What are the biblical roots of the liturgy? How is incense used in worship? How are ELCA liturgy and worship resources prepared and approved? How is oil used in worship? What is the "Exchange of Peace"? What are the sacraments? What is the shape of the liturgy? Why do Lutherans make the sign of the cross? Why is there silence in worship? What are vestments and paraments? What are vestments for? Why worship on Sunday? How can we worship without words? Should worship be traditional, contemporary, or both?Marriage Can a civil marriage be blessed in church? What music is appropriate for Lutheran weddings?Miscellaneous When do we make announcements in worship? Is applause appropriate in worship? What about worship and prayer with other Christians and non-Christians? Do Lutherans do revivals? Are there Seder meals in a Christian context? Did Martin Luther really use tavern tunes in church? What are vestments for?Music What is the role of the choir in worship? What should choirs wear for worship? How can I create simple liturgical music for free? How can I develop my congregation's hymn repertoire? What is an appropriate hymn tempo? How do we introduce new music to our congregation? Why is there music in the liturgy? What is church music Sunday? How does a congregation find and hire / call a musician? How do we choose a new pipe organ? We don't have an organist — what can we do? Why do we sing the Psalms? How can I select hymns for all seasons? What is Taizé worship and how can it be used? Can technology help lead congregational singing? What music is appropriate for Lutheran weddings?Occasional Services What is a commemoration and how do we celebrate them? How can we celebrate congregational anniversaries within worship? What is a lesser festival and when and how do we celebrate them? What are "Rogation Days?" How do we recognize secular occasions and holidays in the liturgy? Should we celebrate Youth Sunday?Participation How can we involve children in worship? How can lay people participate in worship leadership? How do we lead liturgy with grace and confidence? Who is a presiding minister?Worship Planning What are worship committees? Should we offer more than one service? How and when should we survey the congregation about worship styles and practices?Worship Space What is an Advent wreath? How authentic do materials used in worship need to be? What are some resources on art and environment for worship? How do we create an environment for worship? Are flags appropriate in church? How do we use a sanctuary lamp and where do we keep sacramental elements? What is the meaning and use of liturgical colors? Are plastic flowers, electric candles, and disposable communion cups approriate in worship? How do we use a paschal candle?