UILX9103F23

$299.99 CAD

Learn the basics of writing prayers and choosing music for worship services.
This item includes:
12 Live hours
24 On-your-own hours
6 Live sessions

LLWL Online Training: Unit 3 - Prayers and Music

September 2023 – December 2025

English ‎(en)‎
UILX9103F23

$299.99 CAD

Learn the basics of writing prayers and choosing music for worship services.
This item includes:
12 Live hours
24 On-your-own hours
6 Live sessions

About this program


September 2025 – December 2025

Learn the basics of writing prayers and choosing music for worship services. We’ll focus on how to build worship services with a thematic unity, and explore the theological themes that arise during the Season of the liturgical year that follows Pentecost.

Upon completion of this unit, the participant will have:

  • crafted prayers for worship that
    • emerge from the participant’s spiritual practice of listening to scripture
    • are based on scripture readings from the lectionary for the season of Pentecost
    • have been delivered as part of worship services for which the participant has received feedback from people in the worship service and from other participants in the course
    • reflect the United Church’s commitment to inclusive language and intercultural sensitivity
  • developed an understanding (historical and theological) of the role of prayer and music in public worship and ways to engage congregations faithfully and creatively in worship through their prayers and singing
  • chosen music that complements the prayers and scriptures of a worship service
  • become familiar with theological themes related to the season of Pentecost such as mission and evangelism, transformation, the church, and testimony
  • begun to develop a list of resources for public prayers and music resources

Orientation Webinar

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time  Date TBA

Each Unit begins with an Orientation Session to help students become familiar with the technology we're using for the course. This is mandatory for new students and optional for everyone else.

Christine Jerrett and Stephen Fetter (of United-in-Learning) will introduce you to:

  • how the online LLWL training program works
  • Our online meeting platform
  • How to post assignments and comment on each other's work

Introductory Webinar

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time, Date TBA

This webinar is for everyone in the course, regardless of which Learning Group you are assigned to. It will introduce the themes and topics for the whole Unit, and provide an opportunity to interact with a leading thinker in the denomination. Each Learning Group will be reflecting together on the issues that are raised in this webinar.

Guest Speaker: Alydia Smith

Alydia Smith is the Program Coordinator for Worship, Music and Spirituality for the United Church of Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Western Ontario with a specialist in music history and popular culture, Learning Strategy Specialist training from Cambrian College, a Master’s in Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology and a doctorate in worship from Drew University under the mentorship of Donald Hilliard and Leonard Sweet.

Six Small Group Meetings

Small groups meet every two weeks over a 12 week span

Every two weeks students are assigned 3-6 readings, videos or podcasts. Students will be asked to read/view these during the first week of each 2-week section, and write a short reflection on each of these which will be posted in a threaded discussion forum. During the second week of each 2-week section students are asked to comment on the posts of at least 2 other people in their small group.

Each 2-week section culminates with a "live" meeting on Zoom of your small group.


Meetings times for small groups will be posted when registration opens for this Unit. You'll be asked to select your group when you register