NOTE:

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.

Lessons and Suggested Hymns, Pentecost 2- Pentecost 15

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Lessons and Suggested Hymns, Pentecost 2- Labor Day Weekend, Cycle B (June 3 – September 2, 2018)   NOTE: LBW – Lutheran Book of Worship (The Green Book) WOV –…

Lessons and Suggested Hymns, Ash Wednesday – Trinity Sunday, 2018

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Lessons and Suggested Hymns, Ash Wednesday - Holy Trinity, Cycle B February 14 – May 27, 2018 NOTE: LBW – Lutheran Book of Worship (The Green Book) WOV – With…

Lessons and Hymn Suggestions for Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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February 14, 2018: Ash Wednesday Joel 2:12-19 (Rend you heart, not your garments)      ELW: Joel 2:12, 12-17, OR Isaiah 58:1-12 (True fasting is doing justice) Psalm 51:1-19 (Create…

Hymn Suggestions for February 11, 2018: Transfiguration of Our Lord

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Scripture Lessons 2 Kings 2:1-12 (Elisha sees Elijah being taken up into heaven in fiery chariot) Psalm 50:1-6 (Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth) 2 Corinthians…

Hymn Suggestions for February 4, 2018 (5th Sunday after Epiphany)

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5th Sunday after Epiphany, Proper 4, Cycle B (February 4, 2018) Scripture Lessons Isaiah 40:21-31 (Those who trust the Lord will renew strength, rise like eagles) Psalm 147:1-11,20c (The Lord…

Hymn Suggestions for January 28, 2018: 4th Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 3)

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Scripture Lessons Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (I will raise up a prophet, put my words in his mouth; listen to him alone) Psalm 111 (God is faithful and just; praise him for…

Hymn Suggestions for January 21, 2018: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 2)

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Scripture Lessons Jonah 3:1-5, 10 (Jonah preaches, Nineveh repents, God has mercy) Psalm 62:5-12 (God judges all justly; trust in him) 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (the time as short; live accordingly)…

Hymn Suggestions for January 14, 2018: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 1)

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Scripture Lessons 1 Samuel 3:1-20 (the call of Samuel to be a prophet) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (I am fearfully and wonderfully made; you knew me in the womb) 1 Corinthians…

Hymn Suggestions for January 7, 2018: Baptism of Our Lord (white)

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Scripture Lessons Genesis 1:1-5 (God creates light); Psalm 29 (the voice of the Lord upon the waters); Acts 19:1-7 (baptism in name of Jesus); Mark 1:4-11 (the Baptism of Jesus)…

Hymn Suggestions for Saturday, January 6, 2018: The Epiphany of Our Lord

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Scripture Lessons Isaiah 60:1-6 (Arise, shine, for your light has come! God’s dispersed people are gathered in; the nations come and worship) Psalm 72: 1-15 (Give the King your justice,…

Hymn Suggestions for December 31, 2017: 1st Sunday after Christmas

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Scripture Lessons Isaiah 61:10—62:3 (I will exult in God, who has clothed me with salvation; Zion will shine with the vindication of God, and all nations will see it!) Psalm…

Hymn Suggestions for Monday, December 25, 2017: Christmas Day: The Nativity of Our Lord

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Scripture Lessons Isaiah 52:7-10 (Beautiful on mountain are feet of those announcing peace, salvation of God) Psalm 98 (Sing a new song, all creation; God judges with equity, righteousness) Hebrews…

Hymn Suggestions for Sunday Evening, December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve (white/gold)

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Scripture Lessons Isaiah 9:2-11 (Those in darkness have seen a great light; unto us a child is born) Psalm 96 (great is the Lord; bring offerings, all nations!) itus 2:11-14…

Hymn Suggestions for Sunday Morning, December 24, 2017: Advent 4

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Scripture Lessons 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 (David won’t build God’s house; God promises David’s house will endure) Luke 1:46b-55 (Magnificat) (ELW alternate: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26) Romans 16:25-27 (Mysteries long hidden now…

Hymn Suggestions for December 17, 2017: Advent 3 (or rose, if you can)

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Scripture Lessons Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 (God has anointed me with his Spirit; clothed me with joy of his salvation) Psalm 126 (God restored fortunes of Jerusalem; those who go out…

Hymn Suggestions for December 10, 2017: Advent 2

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Scripture Lessons Isaiah 40:1-11 (Comfort my people; prepare way of the Lord; here is your God, who feeds his flock like a shepherd) Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 (righteousness and peace kiss)…

Hymn Suggestions for December 3rd, 2017: Advent 1

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Scripture Lessons Isaiah 64:1-9 (tear open heavens and come; we are clay; do not be angry forever) Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (stir up your might and come; do not be angry…