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Encyclopedia > Evangelical Lutheran Worship

Evangelical Lutheran Worship is the service book and hymnal for use in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a mainline Protestant denomination headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) (Eglise Evangelique Lutherienne au Canada) is Canadas largest Lutheran denomination, with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. ...

It was first made available in October 2006, though not all congregations immediately adopted the book. However, demand for the book was so great that it sold out its first priniting and some congregations had to delay its adoption until more could be printed.

The book provides ten musical settings for the Holy Communion service as well as a Service of the Word. Morning (Matins), Evening (Vespers), and Night Prayer (Compline) are all included as are occasional and pastoral offices such as baptism, marriage, burial, individual confession, and proper services for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and the Triduum. Martin Luther's Small Catechism is also printed in the book. In the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. ... Palm Sunday is a moveable feast in the church calendar observed by Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians. ... Easter Triduum (or Paschal Triduum) is a term used by some Christian churches, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, to denote, collectively, the last three days before Easter Sunday. ...

Unlike the abbreviated Psalter included in the predessor book - Lutheran Book of Worship - Evangelical Lutheran Worship includes the entire Book of Psalms, newly translated for congregational prayer and singing. Psalms (Tehilim תהילים, in Hebrew) is a book of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh, and of the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. ... Lutheran Book of Worship is a hymnal and prayer book used by several Lutheran denominations in North America. ... Psalms (Hebrew: Tehilim, תהילים) is a book of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh. ...

Some conservative Lutheran organizations such as Solid Ground and the WordAlone Network have expressed concerns over the book's use of inclusive language. Gender-neutral language (gender-generic, gender-inclusive, non-sexist, or sex-neutral language) is language that attempts to refer neither to males nor females when discussing an abstract or hypothetical person whose sex cannot otherwise be determined. ...


  • The ELCA's page about Evangelical Lutheran Worship (includes content from the hymnal)
  • A Comparison of the Hymns in ELW with those in the LBW



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