About Concordia

General Council

The General Council was organized on November 20, 1867 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, by  seven former General Synod bodies (Pennsylvania Ministerium, New York Ministerium, Pittsburgh Synod, English Ohio, District Ohio, Minnesota, and Illinois)  plus four synods that had heretofore been independent (Augustana, Canada, Michigam, amd Wisconsin). Its first hymnal, The Church Book, was published in 1868.


28.1     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Philadelphia: Lutheran Book Store. n.d. [1868].

Liturgical orders for Holy Comunion , Morning and Evening Services, Introits, Versicles, Collects General Prayers, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, Canticles, Selections from the Psalms. 588 hymns, 18 doxologies., Index of First Lines.


28.2     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Philadelphia: Lutheran Book Store. n.d. [1868].

Liturgical orders for Holy Comunion, Morning and Evening Services, Introits, Versicles, Collects General Prayers, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, Canticles, Selections from the Psalms. 588 hymns, 18 doxologies, Index of First Lines.


28.3     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Philadelphia: Lutheran Book Store. 1868.

Liturgical orders for Holy Comunion, Morning and Evening Services, Introits, Versicles, Collects General Prayers, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, Canticles, Selections from the Psalms. 588 hymns, 18 doxologies, Index of First Lines.


28.4     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Philadelphia: Lutheran Book Store. 1869.

Liturgical orders for Holy Comunion, Morning and Evening Services, Introits, Versicles, Collects General Prayers, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, Canticles, Selections from the Psalms. 588 hymns, 18 doxologies, Index of First Lines.


28.5     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America. Philadelphia: General Council Publication Board. 1885 [1868].

Contains only 650 hymns and 39 doxologies, Index of First Lines.


28.6     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America. Philadelphia: General Council Publication Board. 1898 [1891].

Preface (unsigned), Liturgical orders for Holy Comunion , Morning and Evening Services, Introits, Versicles, Collects General Prayers, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, Canticles, Selections from the Psalms, 588 hymns, 18 doxologies, Index of First Lines.


28.7     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America. Philadelphia: General Council Publication Board. 1900 [1891].

Preface (unsigned), Liturgical orders for Holy Comunion , Morning and Evening Services, Introits, Versicles, Collects General Prayers, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, Canticles, Selections from the Psalms. 650 hymns, 39 doxologies, Index of First Lines.  Book inscribed to: “Harriet R. Spaeth with best wishes from her affectionate husband. September 21, 1901.


28.8     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America. Philadelphia: General Council Publication Board. 1903 [1891].

Contains only 650 hymns and 39 doxologies, Index of First Lines.


28.8a   Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America. Philadelphia: General Council Publication Board. 1908 [1891].

Preface (unsigned), Liturgical orders for Holy Comunion , Morning and Evening Services, Introits and Collects, General Prayers, Psalms, Canticles,  Creeds, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, History of the Passion, Orders for Ministerial Acts.  650 hymns, 39 doxologies, Index of First Lines. 


28.9     Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America. Philadelphia: General Council Publication Board. 1905 [1893]. MISSING

Contained only the Liturgical materials: Preface (unsigned), Liturgical orders for Holy Communion, Morning and Evening Services, Introits, Versicles, Collects General Prayers, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, Canticles.


28.10   Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America. Philadelphia: General Council Publication Board. 1910 [1891].

Preface (unsigned), Liturgical orders for Holy Comunion , Morning and Evening Services, Introits, Versicles, Collects General Prayers, The Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism, Canticles, Selecyions from the Psalms. 588 hymns, 18 doxologies, Index of First Lines.


28.11   Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With Music, Arranged for the Use of Congregations by Harriet Reynolds Krauth. Published with the Recommendation of the General Council. Philadelphia: Generall Council Publication Board. n.d. [1872, 1893].

Complete musical settings of the services, Psalms (with pages cut to allow a variety of antiphons for various Psalms, 650 hymns with 39 doxologies. Music for the hymns is in four parts, the text in stanzas below the staff. Indexes.


28.12   Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With Music, Arranged for the Use of Congregations by Harriet Reynolds Krauth. Published with the Recommendation of the General Council. Philadelphia: Generall Council Publication Board. n.d. [1872, 1893].

Complete musical settings of the services, Psalms (with pages cut to allow a variety of antiphons for various Psalms, 650 hymns with 39 doxologies. Music for the hymns is in four parts, the text in stanzas below the staff. Indexes.


28.13   Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With Music, Arranged for the Use of Congregations by Harriet Reynolds Krauth. Published with the Recommendation of the General Council. Philadelphia: Generall Council Publication Board. n.d. [1872, 1893].

Complete musical settings of the services, Psalms (with pages cut to allow a variety of antiphons for various Psalms, 650 hymns with 39 doxologies. Music for the hymns is in four parts, the text in stanzas below the staff. Indexes.


28.14   Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With Music, Arranged for the Use of Congregations by Harriet Reynolds Krauth. Published with the Recommendation of the General Council. Philadelphia: J. K. Shrycock, No.14 Filbert Street, 1890 [1872].

Complete musical settings of the services, Psalms (with pages cut to allow a variety of antiphons for various Psalms, 588 hymns with 18 doxologies. Music for the hymns is in four parts, the text in stanzas below the staff. Indexes.

To peruse online, go to hymnary.org; at the search prompt type in CBWM1872 and click on “go”


28.15   Church Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. By Authority of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With Music, Arranged for the Use of Congregations by Harriet Reynolds Krauth. Published with the Recommendation of the General Council. Philadelphia: J. K. Shrycock, No. 14 Filbert Street, 1897 [1872, 1893].

Complete musical settings of the services, Psalms (with pages cut to allow a variety of antiphons for various Psalms, 588 hymns with 18 doxologies. Music for the hymns is in four parts, the text in stanzas below the staff. Indexes.


29.1     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Philadelphia, Pa.: The United Lutheran Publication House. n.d. [1877].

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.

To peruse online, go to hymnary.org; at the search prompt type in KELG1877 and click on “go”.


29.2     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Philadelphia, Pa.: The United Lutheran Publication House. n.d. [1877].

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.


29.3     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Philadelphia, Pa.: The United Lutheran Publication House. n.d. [1877].

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.


29.4     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Philadelphia, Pa.: The United Lutheran Publication House. n.d. [1877].

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.


29.5     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Philadelphia: 1877.

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.


29.6     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Reading, Pennsylvania: Pilger Buchhandlung. 1877.

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.


29.7     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Reading, Pennsylvania: Pilger Buchhandlung. 1878 (1877).

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.


29.7a   Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika

Waverly, Iowa. Wartburg Publishing House. 1892 (1877)

 595 hymns, texts only. Orders of worship, Augsburg Confession and Catechism. Psalms.


29.8     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Neue und verbesserte Ausgabe. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The United Lutheran Publication House. n.d. [1906].

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.


29.9     Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Neue und verbesserte Ausgabe. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The United Lutheran Publication House. 1908 [1906].

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.


29.10   Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. Herausgegeben von der Allgemeinen Versammlung der Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Nord Amerika. Neue und verbesserte Ausgabe. Philadelphia, Pa.: General Council Publication Board, 1913 [1906].

Liturgical material, a selection of Psalms, 595 hymns, index.