Coming soon to your Lutheran congregation: a new book of worship.
It doesn't have a name yet. The colour of its cover hasn't been decided. But the new book represents a comprehensive approach to developing a new primary worship resource for Lutherans in North America.
Renewing Worship, the five-year church-wide project by the ELCIC and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America expects to have the book in the hands of worshippers by October 2006 and in time for Advent.
The new book is intended to replace the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW), in use since 1978. It will still contain the same liturgy and many of the same hymns as the LBW. But it will also include different hymns, additional rites and extra worship material, a breakfast meeting yesterday was told.
"This will be a much larger book," said the Rev. André Lavergne, a member of the Renewing Worship committee.
The book is seen as a core collection of hymns and liturgical material, Lavergne said. Besides print, it will be available in CD format and on a website (www.renewingworship.org).
Lavergne noted the average lifespan of a hymn/worship book is 20 years and the LBW has already surpassed that. Its predecessor, the Service Book and Hymnal, lasted from 1958 to 1978. A worship supplement titled With One Voice came out in 1995.
The cost of the new worship book has yet to be determined.
The old LBW with its familiar green cover will not be retired. "Congregations will still be able to use it as resource material but the new worship book represents a response to changing times and different technologies," Lavergne said