Hymn Selection Guide
This companion resource to Lutheran Service Book provides helpful information to pastors and musicians as they plan services. For each Sunday and festival of the year, extensive hymn suggestions from LSB are provided. Separate lists of suggestions are given for each series of the three-year lectionary as well as the one-year lectionary and the feasts, festivals, and occasions.
For each day or festival, the LSB Hymn Selection Guide provides hymn suggestions in three categories:
- Hymn of the Day
- Hymns for the Readings
- Other Hymns
For each day there are anywhere from 15 to 40 suggested hymns.
Hymn of the Day
The Hymn of the Day recommendations provide a plan for singing the core hymns of the Lutheran tradition as well as other great hymns of the faith. The Hymns for the Readings provide suggestions that are tied to one of the assigned lectionary readings for the day. The third category, Other Hymns, provides additional suggestions that are generally appropriate for the day, as well as sometimes offering suggestions for the opening or closing of the service and for use during the distribution of the Lord's Supper.
Click here to see the Hymn of the Day List.
Multitude of Indexes
The LSB Hymn Selection Guide also includes nearly 80 pages of indexes and lists, including a topical index, scripture indexes, hymn comparison indexes and index of doxological stanzas in LSB.
If you are preparing a Bible study and are trying to find a hymn for a particular text, the Scripture index is the place to go. If you are wondering whether a particular hymn in LSB was in any of our previous hymnals, the LSB Hymn Selection Guide can help you there as well. If you are planning worship, there are worksheets to assist your preparations.