From National Office of the ELCIC
Regina, 14 July 2006--At the joint Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) / Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) National Worship Conference, Ms. Debbie Lou Ludolph was invested as the 2006 laureate of the Companion of the Worship Arts.
Ms. Ludolph is the seventh individual to be named Companion of the Worship Arts, and brings an extensive history of musical contribution to worship in the church. She is a voice teacher, church musician and is widely recognized as “the face of worship” among Canadian Lutherans due to her involvement with the newly introduced collection of worship resources, Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Ms. Ludolph is currently serving as one of three national coordinators of the ELCIC + Renewing Worship / Evangelical Lutheran Worship project.
In her acceptance speech, Ms. Ludolph commented on gratitude. “Thanks be to God – faithful, generous, renewing - who calls us by name,” Ludolph said, “[And] thanks to God for the people of God... my congregation, my synodical committees, my family and friends. I thank you for the gift of being able to make music with you.”
“I accept this award on behalf of laity in your parish whose gifts have not yet been cultivated,” she continued, “I so believe in the gifts of the laity, in the song of the people.”
The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honour bestowed in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life of the ELCIC. The honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts. Past laureates have included Elaine Nelson, Rev. Dr. Eduard Riegert, Rev. Paul Bosch, Rev. Donald Johnson, Margaret Harms and Rev. Michael Mills.