Liturgical Workshop

July 7-9, 2023

Hosted by Jon Ailabouni, Pastor Melissa Bills, Brooke Joyce, and Kathryn Thompson, with support from the Marilyn Roverud Fellowship in Lutheran Studies.

Liturgy Lab is a weekend worship retreat for clergy, musicians, and lay leaders. Focused on exploring creativity in the worship arts, this event will include presentations, workshops, and opportunities for the hands-on creation of worship elements. The weekend culminates in a collaborative worship service crafted from our weekend’s creative work. Participants are encouraged to bring musical instruments, journals, favorite creative supplies, and favorite books of poetry, liturgy, or other worship resources.

Workshop fees

  • Full Resident (course fee, housing, and all meals): $215
  • Commuter (course fee and all meals): $110


Day 1 | Friday, July 7
11 amRegistration
12 pmLunch in the cafeteria
1:30 PMSessions with Pastor Melissa Bills, Jon Ailabouni and Brooke Joyce
- Share and pair: What topics do you want to explore
- Tools for engaging with scripture
- Lectionary exploration for Sunday, July 9
- Create Working Groups
- Prepare for evening prayer
5:30 pmDinner in the cafeteria
7:30 pmEvening Worship


Day 2 | Saturday, July 8
7:30 am - 9 amBreakfast in cafeteria
9 am Creative Liturgical Practices (Kathryn Thomson)
11 amOpen Space (check-in with your group, individual creation time, etc.
12 pmLunch in the cafeteria
1:30 pmFull group check-in
2 pmIndividual/Group work time
6 pmDinner in Baker Commons


Day 3 | Sunday, July 9
7:30 am - 9 amBreakfast in cafeteria
9 am Worship Preparation
9:30 amStart of Worship
10:30 amDebrief and Evaluation
11 amFinish/check-out


The Liturgical Workshop will be held in Shirley Baker Commons on Luther College Campus with housing available in Baker Village townhouses which are located in close proximity to the workshop site. You may also attend as a commuter.

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