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What's the point? The purpose of Lutheran Harmony.
Do you think that "traditional" worship is opposed by "contemporary" worship? Or maybe even that the choice is between a worship that is "orthodox and boring" vs. a worship that is "attractive and pagan"? Of course, no one explicitly believes that, but so many worship discussions do turn on just these unstated assumptions.

Lutheran Harmony is a reflection of my belief that there is an alternative. That we do have something in common, that some older hymns speak to the current generation, and that some contemporary hymns have an orthodoxy that can put some of our old standards to shame. The question isn't category of hymn or music, but quality. Not targeting a group, but looking for beauty in our worship.

Much more could be said about these concepts, but you will have to judge if Lutheran Harmony's contents live up to this objective.

There is a second part to the rationale that is concerned with the format of the material. The technical description of the contents can be found in the format page. But, why a loose-leaf book? Finding worship resources is, or should be, a time-consuming, painstaking process where you slowly collect the hymns and liturgies that stand up over time. The liturgical year, that underused guide to worship, offers the gift of variety within a larger unity, inviting the use of seasonal resources. All that suggests that we need, not a once and for all book, but a place to collect what we value - a loose-leaf book.

And nobody knows all there is. I have a computer database of over 2,600 hymns and their locations in hymnbooks. What a small piece of hymnody that is - and I find new and interesting material every month. Further, parishes vary from small to large, from informal to high church, from those with a heritage of classics to those who treasure the best of American folk music. All that suggests the value of a loose-leaf book that you can tailor to make your own.

Last changed 7/5/00; © 2000 John P. Nordin