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The Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal Project

Identifier: S011
The collection is made up of materials created and/or reviewed by members of the hymnal project committees between 1985 and 1993, as well as preliminary materials from the decade and more prior to 1985. Also included are a large body of submissions and feedback from pastors, teachers, organists, poets, and other members of the Wisconsin Synod and other church bodies, all faithfully reviewed by committee members. The sheer magnitude of the material is a reflection on the painstaking detail with which the various committees treated every aspect of this hymnal, to ensure that it reflected not only the doctrines of Scripture, but also the character of the Synod.The collection consists of the following series:

Series 1: Formation and planning records for Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal

Series 2: Minutes of meetings of Commission on Worship and hymnal committees

Series 3: Correspondence of official and personal nature regarding the project

Series 4: Feedback from Synod-wide surveys, meetings and publications

Series 5: Literature examined or published regarding the project

Series 6: Sampler planning materials and Synod-wide reactions to sampler

Series 7: Liturgical materials

Series 8: Hymn Materials

Series 9: Hymnal Project Financial Materials

Series 10: Publication Materials for Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal

Series 11: Introduction Materials for Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal.


  • 1971 - 1993

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16 Box : 16 record boxes containing 421 file folders.

Biographical / Historical

In the 1970’s the members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod decided to publish a hymnal to replace The Lutheran Hymnal, which has been in use in its congregations for some time. This hymnal was intended to reflect the changing nature of the synod, the American nation in which most of the synod’s congregations were located, and the English language, with due respect to the traditions of the ancient Church, Lutheran liturgical practices and hymnody, and most of all to the doctrines of Scripture. Committee members were nominated Synod-wide, then selected by those heading up the project. Numerous hymnals, liturgies, and hymns were reviewed by the committees, and talented musicians, writers, and pastors were given opportunities to submit material. New liturgies and hymn settings were tested on congregations through the distribution of “samplers,” and the resulting feedback was carefully reviewed and applied to the developing hymnal. The result was, in 1993, the publishing of the Wisconsin Synod’s first hymnal, Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal.

Repository Details

Part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Archives Repository