LBW – Lutheran Book of Worship (The Green Book)
WOV – With One Voice (The Blue Book)
LSB – Lutheran Service Book (The Maroon Book)
ELW – Evangelical Lutheran Worship (The Cranberry Book)
- I generally post for entire seasons: Advent through Transfiguration; Ash Wednesday through Trinity Sunday; and 2nd Sunday after Pentecost through Christ the King Sunday. This is to assist worship planners, especially musicians, with an overview of the season. If this is unwieldy, please let me know and I will “chop” the document into individual Sunday posts in addition to this overview version.
- There are versions of some hymns that are superior in LSB and I recommend using them if possible. Also, there are some superb hymns in LSB that aren’t available in the other hymnals. When I suggest one of the latter, I try to include an alternative from LBW or WOV. I recommend that a license and DVD of downloadable hymns from LSB be purchased if you are looking to expand your hymnody. There are, in ELW, some familiar hymns that have been drastically altered, which I try to note. ELW also has some hymns not available in the other hymnals, or has a more “traditional” translation or harmonization.
- Color for the day is indicated for each Sunday. Liturgical calendar taken from Sola Publishing (www.solapublishing.org), based on LSB .
- ALSO, in response to suggestions from some users, I am noting, when possible, the alternative lessons from the standard Revised Common Lectionary used in many congregations. It often overlaps the Sola/LCMS calendar lectionary, but when there are differences, I will note them.