About Concordia

Wisconsin Synod

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod was founded in 1850 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  It is the third largest Lutheran church body in the United States. In 1872 in joined with the Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, and Norwegian synods in forming the Synodical Conference which it joined in producing The Lutheran Hymnal in 1941. It withdrew from the Synodical Conference in 1963. In 1993 it produced its own first English hymn book, Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal.


56.1     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch. Herausgegeben von der Evang.- Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Verlag vom Georg Brumder n.d. [1872].

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers, Epistles and Gospels, Catechism, Destruction of Jerusalem.

[To peruse online, go to hymnary.org; at the search prompt, type in ELG1872 and click on "go.]


56.2     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch. Herausgegeben von der Evang.-Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Verlag vom Georg Brumder n.d. [1872]. 

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers, Epistles and Gospels, Catechism, Destruction of Jerusalem.


56.3     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch. Herausgegeben von der Evang.-Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Nordwestlicher Bücherverlage (Wisconsin Synodal-Buchhandlung). n.d. [1872] 

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers, Epistles and Gospels, Catechism, Destruction of Jerusalem.


56.4     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch für Kirche, Schule und Haus. Verlag von der Evang.-Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Northwestern Publishing House. n.d. [1872]. 

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers.


56.5     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch für Kirche, Schule und Haus. Verlag von der Evang.-Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Northwestern Publishing House. n.d. 

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers, Epistles and Gospels, Catechism, Destruction of Jerusalem.


56.6     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch für Kirche, Schule und Haus. Verlag von der Evang.-Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Northwestern Publishing House. n.d. 

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers, Epistles and Gospels, Catechism, Destruction of Jerusalem.


56.7     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch für Kirche, Schule und Haus. Verlag von der Evang.-Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Northwestern Publishing House. n.d. 

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers


56.8     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch für Kirche, Schule und Haus. Verlag von der Evang.-Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Northwestern Publishing House. 347 Third Street. 1901.

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers.


56.9     Evang.-Lutherisches Gesangbuch für Kirche, Schule und Haus. Verlag von der Evang.-Lutherischen Synode von Wisconsin u. a. Staaten. Milwaukee, Wisc. Northwestern Publishing House. 347 Third Street. 1910. 

Antiphonen, Präfationen, Indexes, 695 hymns, texts only. Prayers, Epistles and Gospels, Catechism, Destruction of Jerusalem.


57.1     Church Hymnal for Lutheran Services. Northwestern Publishing House, Print. Milwaukee, Wis. n.d. [early 1900s].

115 hymns, Order of Morning and Evening Service, Communion.

[To peruse online, go to hymnary.org; at the search prompt type in CHLS1911 and click on "go."]


58.1     Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d.

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.

To peruse online, go to hymnary.org; at the search prompt type in BHEL1920 and click on “go”. LIST OF CONTENTS ONLY; NO PAGE SCANS


58.2     Book of Hymns for the Joint Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d. 

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.3     Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d.

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.4     Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d.

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.5     Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1930.

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.6     Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1931.

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.7     Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1935.

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.8     Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1935. 

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.9     Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1936. 

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.10   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1936. 

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.11   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1937. 

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.12   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1938. 

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.13   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. 1938.

Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.14   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d.

Music edition, liturgy and hymns. Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.15   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d.

Music edition, liturgy and hymns. Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Festivals, Prayers.


58.16   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d.

Music edition, liturgy and hymns. Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.17   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d.

Music edition, liturgy and hymns. Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


58.18   Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and other States. Northwestern Publishing House. Milwaukee. n.d.

Music edition, liturgy and hymns. Contents, Indexes. Order of Morning Service (Two Forms), Communion, Order of Evening Service, 320 hymns, Tables of Lessons.


59.1     Guidelines: A Study Guide Looking Toward Hymnal Revision for the WELS

Submitted by the Commission on Worship. June, 1982.


59.2     Sampler: New hymns and liturgy.  Northwesten Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1986. 

A sampler of new liturgies, 21 hymns, and psalmody in preparation for the introduction of the new book Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal which would appear in 1993.

[To peruse online, go to hymnary.org; at the search prompt, type in SNHL1986 and click on "go."]


59.3     Sampler: New hymns and liturgy. Northwesten Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1986. 

A sampler of new liturgies, 21 hymns, and psalmody in preparation for the introduction of the new book Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal which would appear in 1993.


60.1     Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal. Authorized by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Northwestern Publishing House, 1993.

Full music edition, Introduction, Prayers, Orders of Service, 623 hymns, Indexes.

To peruse online go to hymnary.org; at the search prompt,  type in CWLH1993 and click on “go”.


60.2     Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal. Authorized by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Northwestern Publishing House, 1993. 

Full music edition, Introduction, Prayers, Orders of Service, 623 hymns, Indexes.


61.1     Christian Worship Supplement

Authorized by the Commission on Worship of the WELS.  2 gathering rites (Holy Baptism and Word of God); two settings of the divine service. Psalms, meditations, supplementary lectionary, 88 hymns and canticles, indexes. 2008.

[To peruse online, go to hymnary.org; at the search prompt, type in CWS2008 and click on "go."]


61.2     Christian Worship Supplement

Recordings of 32 new hymns in the supplement.  2008.            


61.3     Christian Worship Supplement

Introductory resources.