Evangelical Lutheran Worship

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship
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The pew edition of Evangelical Lutheran Worship
Commissioned by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Approved for Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Released 2006
Publisher Augsburg Fortress
Pages 1211
Number of Hymns 654
Psalms 150
Service music 14 (10 Communion settings, one for Service of the Word, three for the Divine Office)
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The altar book editions of the Lutheran Book of Worship (green) and Evangelical Lutheran Worship

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) is the current, primary liturgical and worship guidebook and hymnal for use in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, replacing its three predecessors, the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW), the Hymnal Supplemental (an extension of the LBW), and the With One Voice (WOV).

Evangelical Lutheran Worship was first published in October 2006. Though not all ELCA and ELCIC congregations immediately adopted the book, demand for it was so great that it sold out its first and second printings and some congregations had to delay its adoption until more were available.

The book includes ten musical settings of the liturgy for the Holy Communion service, three of which were previously published in the Lutheran Book of Worship, as well as a Service of the Word. Morning Prayer (Matins), Evening Prayer (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. Unlike the abbreviated Psalter included in the Lutheran Book of Worship, ELW includes the entire Book of Psalms in a version for congregational prayer and singing. Compared to the Lutheran Book of Worship, the selection of hymns is expanded, including many options from previously published Lutheran hymnals and hymnal supplements.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship is not without controversy. Some conservative Lutheran organizations such as Solid Ground and the WordAlone Network have expressed concerns over the book's use of inclusive language. Lutheran liturgiologist Philip Pfatteicher has criticized the book as idiosyncratic, obsessed with avoiding masculine pronouns, rubrically permissive, and less rich in resources than the Lutheran Book of Worship.[1]

Many Lutherans who have used the LBW were also disappointed to find that many hymn settings that were once written in SATB format have been reduced to melody lines only.[2]

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