Critical reviews (by Lutheran pastors and church musicians) of books and other resources for Christian worship, preaching, and church music from a perspective rooted in Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and good common sense. LHP Quarterly Book Review asks, "Is it worth the money to buy, the time to read, the shelf space to store, and the effort to teach?"
is the inaugural issue of Liturgy and Hymnody, a publication of the
Wyoming District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
goal is to
appreciation for the Lutheran heritage in Christian Worship
counsel congregations and pastors in the use of appropriate worship resources
helps to ease the transition from The Lutheran Hymnal, Lutheran Worship, and
Hymnal Supplement 98 to the forthcoming Lutheran Service Book (hereafter
LSB), expected to be released in fall 2006
The LCMS Commission on Worship website, http://worship.lcms.org
has electronic files of LSB material available for download and trial
TLH page 15 / LW page 136
Perhaps your congregation currently makes use of the
1941 Synodical Conference book, The Lutheran Hymnal. “The Order of Holy
Communion,” p. 15, will be in LSB with minimal changes.
You may be thinking, “Right. That’s what they said last
time.” “The Common Service (Divine Service I), familiar to all Lutherans, is
carried forward with no great changes…” (LW Introduction, p. 6.) This
time, there are only minimal changes.
TLH page 15 shows up in LSB as Divine Service,
Setting Three. The sung portions of the familiar liturgy remain intact,
complete with “Holy Ghost,” “We praise Thee,” “And with thy
spirit,” and “Praise be to Thee, O Christ.” The Familiar four-part
harmony supports the text the way it always has. The only musical change is that
the Kyrie and Gloria have been lowered one step to allow for easier singing and
an easier key for the organist.
Spoken text in Divine Service, Setting Three has
been gently updated. For example, “I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You
all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and
justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment…”
TLH page 5, “The Order of Morning Service Without
Communion” is not printed separately in LSB, to save space. To pray
“page 5,” you will have the option to use the confession/declaration of grace.
The Offertory found on TLH page 12 will be in LSB’s canticle
section. Finally, after the Prayer of the Church, the service concludes with
the Lord’s Prayer, a familiar concluding collect, and the Benediction.
What if your congregation currently uses LW
page 136? The most practical things to do are to wait until LSB arrives,
or to consider downloading LSB Divine Service, Setting Three, and
reintroducing it to your congregation. Several Wyoming District congregations
have a booklet version of LSB DS3 inside the front cover of LW
held in by removable double-stick tape. To download the pdf file, use the link
below, or access the file through the main Commission on Worship website.
This new Church Year, consider introducing one or
more of the following hymns from Lutheran Worship or Hymnal
The best part is, your congregation doesn’t have to
have LW or HS in the pews in order to do this. The Commission on
Worship (hereafter, CoW) has a pdf file of 35 hymns available in their LSB
final form. All of the hymns are either in the public domain, or may be
reproduced in your bulletin with the free permission of Concordia Publishing
House (CPH) or Augsburg Fortress.
+ Don’t introduce an entire service at one time.
Take one canticle at a time. Speak musical portions for a time if reproducing
only part of the service is inconvenient.
+ When introducing something a new liturgy, use very
familiar hymns. When introducing a new hymn, use a familiar liturgy. Try not to
introduce more than one new piece of music each month.
+ One week, ask your organist simply play the new
tune as part of the prelude or postlude. Another week, ask your choir or a
soloist to sing the whole hymn or the first few stanzas. Then, use the hymn
periodically to keep it fresh.
+ Hymns for All Saints is a 2 CD set of vocal and
organ settings of “Beautiful Savior,” “How Great Thou Art,” “The Church’s One
Foundation,” and 16 other hymns of comfort, praise, and adoration. CPH #
99-1725. On sale for $17.50. 1 800 325 3040
+ Martin Luther: Hymns,
Ballads, Chants, Truthis a monumental recording project of all of Luther’s musical compositions.
Thirty-nine tracks on four CDs. CPH # 99-1726. Only $30 when ordered in
quantities of 3 or more. 1 800 325 3040
+ My Soul Doth Magnify, a new release by the CTS
Kantorei, Fort Wayne. Call (260) 452-2159.
+ Gentle Strangeris new music from Concordia
Seminary, St. Louis. Call (314) 505- 7315.
+ Hark the Glad Soundis a collection of Advent,
Christmas, and Epiphany hymns sung by Kathryn Peperkorn. Call (262) 551-8182.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Rev. Paul J
Wyoming District Worship Chairman
Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (LCMS)
901 Trona DriveGreen River