Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Worship Resource to Serve Multiple Denominations

Article by Rev. Carter Askren of Lutheran Core

As of January this year, Lutheran congregations can now enjoy an affordable and convenient online worship resource produced by Sola Publishing. 

The Sola Online Worship Resource Site is a lectionary-based resource that began last May as an idea for a printed book similar to Sundays and Seasons by Augsburg Fortress Press. “It quickly evolved into the development of a much larger online format,” said the Rev. Steven E. King, managing editor for Sola Publishing. 

“By going online, we could introduce much more material,” King said. “Going online in January 2014, we started out with six months worth of advance content for people preparing for the coming year, and we continue to add more each week.”

Currently the online resource offers congregations the following:
*worship planning guides,
*liturgies and occasional services,
*bulletin templates,
*lectionary scripture inserts,
*lectionary plain text for projection or bulletins,
*bulletin clip art,
*childrens bulletins and puzzles,
*prayers of the church,
*weekly devotionals,
*study guides for pastor or small group bible study,
*a PowerPoint template for projection,
*and public domain music PDFs in simplified arrangements.

The resource is intended to serve Lutheran congregations from a variety of denominational backgrounds, including Lutheran CORE, ELCA congregations, as well as NALC, LCMC, CALC, and other congregations.  Hymn suggestions are offered for ELW, LBW, WOV, and LSB, along with the new ReClaim Lutheran Hymnal for Church and Home. In addition, original hymn texts for each season of the church year are provided for well-known, public domain hymn tunes.

“When choosing hymn suggestions, one of the things weve kept in mind is that these different hymnals represent different ethnic traditions and pieties. Theres no one-size-fits-all when it comes to worship music. Everybody has their preferences in terms of what they like and what they are used to singing. That is why Sola tries to support the breadth of Lutheran worship, whether it tends toward high church or low church traditions, or somewhere in between,” King said. He noted that Solas online resource provides continuing support and suggestions for those using the LBW, even as Augsburg-Fortress has diminished its focus on that hymnal.

Pastor King stated that the resource was designed with the small churchs budget constraints in mind. Churches with less than 50 members can enjoy all these resources for as little as $120 a year, half the cost of Augsburg Fortressonline Sundays and Seasons. Additionally, since many churches often struggle to find skilled musical accompanists, the musical arrangements that Sola provides are intentionally simplified to facilitate easy accompaniment with guitar or keyboard.

“We have a heart for the small parishes. There are well-functioning large churches that have access to all the resources they need, but there are many small congregations that have difficulty finding resources to support their particular needs. Thats where we fit in best,” King said.

One reason Sola Publishing is able to provide such affordable pricing on their new resource is by keeping it separate from music licensing. Many congregations already subscribe to licensing services like CCLI or OneLicense, which can be used in harmony with resources from the Sola site. The music provided by Sola itself is original or in the public domain, including many favorite historic hymns. 

The Sola Resource Site also offers a number of liturgies, inserts, and occasional services as downloadable PDF files. The text of these liturgies can be easily formatted for use in projection.
Content development for the new website was coordinated by Pastors Amy Little and Mark Ryman along with Pastor King.  Pastor Peter Churness developed the website itself. Continuing additions to the resource will be made in response to consumer demand.

“The response has been better than we expected,” King remarked. “In the first two weeks of going live, we had eighty congregations already subscribed. Thats a good response,” he said.

Interested worship leaders can visit the website or call 1-888-887-9840. An online video explaining the resources offered is underway and will be posted soon.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Sola's new Online Worship Resource Site

As a ministry partner of Lutheran Core, LCMC, NALC, and CALC, Sola Publishing takes seriously its commitment to serve local congregations by providing the materials they need to do everyday ministry. We have just taken a big step forward in the area of worship support. We invite you to take a look at a preview of our new Online Worship Resource Site at:

During the month of December, we are letting the public see a sample of the site for free, including weekly planning sheets, inserts, text studies, children’s page, bulletin templates, hymn arrangements, and standard liturgies and orders of service. Beginning in January 2014, subscribers will have access to the full site and all of its resources.

Call 1-888-887-9840 to order a yearly subscription. Our inexpensive subscription rate is based on a congregation’s weekly worship attendance. We have intentionally kept the cost as reasonable as possible to make solid materials available to all congregations.
The price for a yearly subscription to Sola’s online worship site is based on the average worship attendance for a congregation or multi-point parish, as follows:

Average Attendance = 1-49 ......... Subscription Price: $120 per year
Average Attendance = 50-99 ....... Subscription Price: $150 per year
Average Attendance = 100-199 ... Subscription Price: $180 per year
Average Attendance = 200-299 ... Subscription Price: $210 per year
Average Attendance = 300-499 ... Subscription Price: $240 per year
Average Attendance = 500-999 ... Subscription Price: $270 per year
Average Attendance = 1,000+ ..... Subscription Price: $300 per year

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sola Stewardship Resources

For those who have not yet thought of a theme for their Fall stewardship emphasis ... just a little reminder:

Every year, Sola Publishing offers free downloadable resources for congregations and leaders in pulling together a Stewardship month. The theme for this year's Stewardship Emphasis comes from the Joshua 24:15, where Joshua boldly confessed before the people of Israel: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

We have inserts, posters, clip art, giving plans, children's sheets, etc.  Go to our Free Teaching Resources page > Stewardship, or click on this link:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Coming Fall 2014:
Sola Online Lectionary-Worship Resource Site

With the coming of the new Church Year in the Fall of 2013, Sola Publishing will be going online with an interactive lectionary-worship resource site.  To be released prior to Advent of 2013, this new online resource will be subscription-based, and will include: downloadable bulletin inserts, lectionary texts, lectionary summaries, seasonal resources, children’s inserts, clip art, color bulletin art, weekly devotional inserts, and sermon/lesson starters.
Pastor Mark Ryman of North Carolina is designing the webpages, with contributing writers from LCMC, NALC, and Lutheran Core. To get a little taste of some of the things Sola will have on our site, visit Mark's current website:

Look for more information to come within the next few months!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Passion Drama from Luke

For those who read the long Gospel of the Passion lesson for Palm Sunday, Sola Publishing has made available a copy of the ESV text divided into narrator and character parts.

Go HERE to our Free Worship Resources > Orders of Worship page to download a pdf copy. Permission is granted to reproduce the sheet for use in your local congregation.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Advent Candle Readings

The word Advent means “coming.” It is the season of the Church year where we are reminded of the reality of Christ’s coming into our world. It is a season of preparation and anticipation -- not simply for the celebration of Christmas -- but to recognize that hope and expectation are a part of our daily life of faith. 

For many Christians, the Advent wreath is a tradition that marks the passage of the four weeks of Advent in the liturgical calendar. On each Sunday in Advent, a new candle is lit, representing particular Advent themes.
Sola Publishing has a resource of "Readings for the Lighting of the Advent Candles." This simple booklet provides a brief reading, Scripture text, and song to accompany the lighting of the candles. It also suggests readings and prayers for the candle-lighting portion of a Christmas Eve candlelight service. The brief rites may be used for the worship services of a congregation or in family devotional settings.
5.5 x 8.5" Paperback booklet, 12 pages.  Go HERE to order.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Education Workshop in Nebraska

Attention: Lutheran CORE, NALC, and LCMC members in Nebraska!

This Saturday, October 6th, Trinity Lutheran of Gothenburg will be hosting a free workshop for area congregations, featuring Pastor Steven King, managing editor of Sola Publishing, who will be presenting the topic: God’s Word in Action: A Workshop on Scripture-centered Bible Study.” 

Pastor King will be talking about what makes Bible Study more than just a book club,  support group, or self help seminar, but a real encounter with the Living Word: Jesus Christ.

The workshop will be held at the Comfort Suites Event Center, 301 Platte River Drive in Gothenburg, NE, from 10 am to 12 noon, with a full display of Sola educational products that you can take a look at after. Coffee and donuts will be provided.  The workshop is free and is open to anyone.  Call Pastor Jeff Cottingham at Trinity (308) 537-2055 for directions.