Lutheran Service Book is also available in a slightly reduced size (5" x 7-1/2"), ideal for personal use or as a gift. The contents match that of the pew edition. The cover is made of genuine bonded leather, and the edges of the paper are gilded.

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Commonly referred to as “the hymnal,” it is, in reality, so much more. Lutheran Service Book is a rich compilation of services, psalms, hymns, and prayers that will nourish and edify the faithful week after week for generations to come.


Central to any hymnal is the corpus of hymns that it contains. Numbering at 636, the hymns in Lutheran Service Book span the centuries of Christendom. Hymn texts dating from the third and fourth centuries can be found next to texts and tunes written as recently as three years ago. In addition to hundreds of familiar hymns included in previous hymnals, fresh expressions of the Gospel are represented in over 100 hymns that are new to our hymnal.

Restoring Favorite Hymns

A careful examination of Lutheran Worship and The Lutheran Hymnal has led to the restoration of some favorite hymns.

Among the familiar texts that have been restored are:
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Take My Life and Let It Be
I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus

Some favorite tunes have also been restored to well-known texts, including:
God Loved the World So That He Gave
Fight the Good Fight
Ride On, Ride On in Majesty
The Day of Resurrection

Musical settings of the hymns have been carefully scrutinized. For the majority of hymns, standard, four-part harmonizations are provided. In addition, the keys of some hymns have been lowered both to aid with singing and to provide keys easily played by musicians.

For approximately one-fifth of the hymns, only the melody line will be provided in the pew edition. Because many parishioners cannot read music, the inclusion of only the melody line will assist them in following the tune. The use of melody line only is reserved primarily for more difficult tunes, hymns of greater length, and melodies that are intended to be sung in unison.

Adding an International Flavor

Lutheran Service Book includes hymns from around the world, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Argentina, the Caribbean, and China. In addition, a number of hymns originally written in Spanish are included not only in English translation but also with the original Spanish. Spanish translations to some very familiar hymns are also provided. German texts are provided for two beloved hymns (“Silent Night” and “Now the Light Has Gone Away”).

Download the List of Hymns in the LSB

Alphabetical Listing (PDF)
Topical Listing (PDF)

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