New Worship Book Is Respectful of Diversity

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New Worship Book Is Respectful of Diversity


Mikelic, Peter, Anglican Journal


AFTER 28 years of singing to the Lord from the Lutheran Book of Worship and in response to the mission needs ora changing church, Canadian and American Lutherans will soon begin using a new worship book called Evangelical lutheran Worship. Scheduled for release in October, flexibility is paramount as the hymnal will be available in different formats including CD, Web/Internet and print.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship will contain 10 musical eucharistic settings as well as a few non-com- munion settings, a Psalter of 150 psalms, Luther's Small Catechism, more than 700 hymns, songs and service pieces. It will also incorporate special liturgies for Lent, the Great Three Days, baptism, Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation), marriage, funeral and healing services.

The new worship book is the centerpiece of the Renewing Worship Project of our sister church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and to which we in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) were granted standing with our own co-ordinating team of advisors. This is a five-phase process which began in 2001 with intemational church-wide consultations, followed by editorial teams which revised and developed the proposed worship materials, then introduced them at regional and synodical events and assemblies within the ELCA and ELCIC for direct feedback.

Canadian response to the new book has been overwhelmingly positive. At our 2005 National Assembly in Winnipeg, more than 400 lay and clergy delegates voted with 99. …

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