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It was announced last year that Thomas Roach, ODNW was the 2020 recipient of the Companion of the Worship Arts. This award is presented biennially to highlight significant contributions and immense gifts in the worship life of the church at both the local and national levels. The Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have presented the award jointly since 2014, with one recipient from each denomination recognized for their commitment and service to God, through worship, spirituality, and the arts.

The award was to have been presented last summer at the National Worship conference which was cancelled due to Covid. The conference took place online on July 6 and 7, and the conferral was done virtually with Lutheran National Bishop, the Right Reverend Susan Johnson and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Reverend Linda Nicholls making the presentations which were recorded in late June.

The conferral includes words from Bishop John Stephens and words of thanks from Thomas.

The video is about 20 minutes.

Thomas Roach and Bishop John Stephens in the Chapel at the Synod Office recording the conferral on Zoom.