Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Licensed Readers under the WV-WMD Synodical Lay Worship
Leaders are welcome to use this library to obtain sermons
for use in public worship. Whenever a sermon is read for a
church service, proper attribution is to be made. At no
time should the work of another be presented as if it is
one's own work. Proper attribution includes the author,
title, date of publication, and publishing house.
This library is divided into two sections at present. The
first section is a list of books currently recommended by
the Commission for Synodical Lay Worship Leaders. The
second section is a matrix of the principal days of
worship with the appointed readings of Scriptures.
Associated with these Scripture readings are sermons that
can be found on-line.
As time goes on, this library will expand, offering new
resources. Your input is welcome. You may contact The Rev.
Sean Smith with questions, suggestions, etc..
Section I: Books of Sermons
These books may be easily obtained and, often, for very
little expense from various on-line retailers. A
congregation or a licensed reader may find it prudent to
buy one or more for ongoing use. Indeed, anyone (preacher
or person in the pew) may find these books salutary for
devotion or study. We do not vouch for the quality of all
the sermons in these books. The reader should work with
his/her supervisor to determine appropriateness.
The links will open the title page and table of contents
for each of the books. You can review what is available
there, and use that to inform your purchasing decisions
(or borrowing decisions should you decide to use a real
library). Some of these texts might be found on the
Additionally, the oldest books are keyed to the old
one-year lectionary. Many of the books are keyed to the
Common Lectionary, but the current resource is the Revised
Common Lectionary. It may not be sufficient in all cases
to simply look at the ecclesiastical date. Look at the
text that is indicated. If you find that a particular
ecclesiastical date does not have the same text listed in
the book as the RCL indicates for use, look several
Sundays before or after. You may find the desired text
there (as the RLC shifted readings from the CL).
Section II: Online Sermons
All the sermons here are in the public domain and
available on the web. As close as possible, the sermons
are keyed to the Revised Common Lectionary currently in
use in the ELCA. Sermons will be added to this page as the
year(s) progress. If you have found sermons that you would
like to recommend for this page, contact the Commission
for Synodical Lay Worship Leaders (chair, The Rev. Sean
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org
Last update: 24 November 2022