Academic journal article The Hymn

Christian Worship: Supplement

Academic journal article The Hymn

Christian Worship: Supplement

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Christian Worship: Supplement Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2008. Pew Edition (paper) US $13.50; Pew Edition (spiral bound) US $16.50; Electronic Pew Edition (CD-ROM) US $249; Accompaniment Edition with CD-ROM US $70; and Guitar Edition US $15

The foreword to this supplement provides background: using The Lutheran Hymnal ( TLH) since 1941, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS, the third largest Lutheran denomination in America, after ELCA and LCMS), felt the need for an independent hymnal. In 1993, Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal ( CW) was published as the primary hymnal for the WELS; Christian Worship: Supplement (CWS) was subsequently published by Northwestern Publishing House (the publishing arm for the WELS) in 2008. The mission statement in the foreword of CWS recognizes the importance of both worship and historic liturgical practice, acknowledges the valuable new repertoire available for both liturgy and hymns, and with this new resource seeks to be an aid to "unify worship."

The Supplement contains two composed gathering rites, focused on Baptism and on the Word, each rite using a chorale as the musical basis to bind it together. There are also two new musical settings of the communion liturgy: one is through-composed, by Kermit Moldenhauer, the other is a chorale-based liturgy (me trie ally- crafted text for Glory to God, the Holy, Holy, Holy, and Nunc Dimittis by Stephen Starke, but with music newly composed by Dale Witte for the General Verse and Lamb of God). A selection of 24 psalms in the NIV text is included with fresh refrains and tones by a variety of composers; there are also several "meditations" (spoken service orders) as part of the liturgical section of the supplement. The 88 hymns are representative of history and styles, but concentrate in numbers on the newer texts and melodies; several are Lutheran compositions (Stephen Starke and Joseph Herl), along with other contemporary hymnwriters (such as Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, Michael Joncas, Marty Haugen). As might be expected, the hymns are grouped into seasons of the church year (e. …

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