2010 Companion of the Worship Arts Recipient Announced

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) Program Committee for Worship is pleased to announce Robyn Simpson Mohr has been chosen as recipient of the 2010 Companion of the Worship Arts Award.

The Companion of the Worship Arts Award is presented biennially in recognition of significant contributions to the national worship life of the ELCIC.

In her work as assistant for Campus ministry at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta in Camrose, AB, Simpson Mohr has mentored hundreds of students in all aspects of worship. Former students praise her influence, noting:

“At the center of this (worship life) was Robyn, filled with creativity, filled with welcome, filled with a love of worship, and above all filled with a love for the students who came to her door.

“Robyn and her passion inspired me as I found myself being drawn back to church at a time when I found the church meaningless. She was influential, not only in my spiritual journey but in my call to ministry.

“From her I learned about attention to detail in worship planning and the importance of beauty in the worship experience. Robyn knows how to feed all the senses in her creative worship planning.

“In all things Robyn exhibits grace, dignity, and humility… Robyn Simpson Mohr is a woman of deep faith in Christ and commitment to the church. I am honoured to know her as a mentor, friend, colleague, and parishioner.”

Simpson Mohr has served on the worship committees of numerous national and synodical conventions, most recently as Liturgical Director for the 2009 ELCIC National Convention in Vancouver, and the 2010 Synod of Alberta and the Territories Convention in Camrose. She has also served on the worship committees of national worship conferences and youth gatherings, and as a synodical trainer for the introduction of Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

The 2010 Companion of the Worship Arts Award will be presented to Simpson Mohr by ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson at a public ceremony during the National Anglican Lutheran Worship Conference at the Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, BC, July 4-7, 2010. Further information on the event can be found online at: http://nationalworshipconference.org/

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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