Photo by Erik M. Lunsford/The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another with all wisdom, in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” (Colossians 3). For Lutherans, music is not a peripheral decoration; it is the handmaiden to theology and second only to theology (Luther). We take Paul’s admonition to heart and want all our music in the Church to serve this end, that the Scriptures and their teaching would dwell among us and in us unto eternal life. LCMS Worship wants to support church musicians in their tasks of planning, preparing, singing, leading. We also want to foster healthy and fruitful synergy between pastors and musicians, so that in everything, pulpit and balcony proclaim God’s Word in rich harmony.
During the past several decades, an important advancement in the worship of God’s people has been the recovery of singing the psalms — the hymns of ancient Israel. The psalms are a rich anthology of praise and prayer that cover every aspect of the Christian experience.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod offers audio files from Lutheran Service Book so you may familiarize yourself with the liturgy. These recordings are ideal for pastors and church musicians learning to sing the parts of the service.
For the organist who has just taken “to the bench” or the accomplished organist hoping to share skills with a prodigy, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has compiled organ instruction videos intended to assist building skills. The six online organ instructional videos will help organists with accompanying of hymnody and liturgy.
This webpage contains a Hymn Selection Guide, Lutheran Hymn Index, Hymn Usage Chart, and more.
Text, Music, Context is a resource for reviewing worship materials. This resource has a variety of applications for congregations.
- Worship Resources
- Resources for Pastors
- Resources for Other Church Workers