Worship at the Institute of Liturgical Studies 

For more than seventy years, the Institute of Liturgical Studies has served as a gathering place for church leaders, congregations, scholars, and ecumenical partners who help to steward and enrich the church’s liturgy and song. Texts, melodies, translations, and other settings commissioned by the Institute or crafted for its liturgies have, over time, appeared in several congregational resources.

Worship at the Institute begins and ends with the celebration of the eucharist, and ancient patterns of the daily office are reflected in other services of morning, midday, and evening prayer according to each year’s theme. Liturgies use worship books found in Chapel of the Resurrection: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the cranberry book, is indicated in bulletins as ELW, and Lutheran Service Book, the brown book, is abbreviated as LSB. Though rooted in its Lutheran identity and heritage, the Institute establishes links with other centers for liturgical renewal that inform and shape corporate worship across an ecumenically diverse array of styles, resources, traditions, and more.

Planning Institute Liturgies

The planning process unfolds across several months. Members of the Institute’s advisory council consider several lectionary options that engage the theme. After a provisional lectionary is compiled, the advisory council carefully attends to aspects of pattern (ordo), ritual, translation, language, and music. Planners simultaneously attend to complex questions: When should we model how to lead familiar things well? What new ideas or resources can sustain or inspire weary leaders? What is unique to the Institute’s space and the ability of the many pastors and musicians in attendance? What can be easily adapted in a variety of local contexts? Through continued conversation with presenters and worship leaders, plans are adapted and revised—sometimes reimagined in response to local, national, and international circumstances.


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