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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 steward and nurture the church’s liturgy and song. Presentations, workshops, and conversations originating at the Institute have informed a number of written worship resources and scholarly publications, and texts and music commissioned for the Institute have, over time, appeared in several congregational resources including Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006) and All Creation Sings (2020).

While many of the Institute’s papers and presentations can be accessed through ValpoScholar, the following sections feature liturgical texts and music commissioned by the Institute. Some materials have been made available for download through generous permission of their creators, and links are provided for published resources. 

We invite you to download and utilize these resources in your setting, acknowledging their creators or the Institute in locally designed materials. Questions or corrections may be directed to Institute administrator Doreen Olguin-Flores.


2021 Spring Seminar Series Resource List

The Institute is pleased to share this downloadable list of resources that were authored, mentioned, or discussed by our three spring seminar presenters.


Congregational Resources for Easter 5B

May 2, 2021

The following items may be downloaded and used for in-person or online liturgies. Please note that license numbers appearing in these resources are affiliated with Valparaiso University and the Chapel of the Resurrection. Individual congregations should report usage using their respective accounts (Augsburg Liturgies, OneLicence, etc.).

Reading: 1 John 4:7–21

Read by Lorraine Brugh, former director of the Institute, and recorded in the Gloria Christi Chapel at Valparaiso University.

Gospel and Sermon: John 15:1–8

Reading and homily by Fred Niedner, former associate director of the Institute, and recorded in the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University.


Prayers of Intercession [text]

Prepared by advisory council member Steven Wilco for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, these prayers may be used or adapted as needed in local contexts.


Musical Offering: Allein Gott in der Höh by Johann Sebastian Bach [video]

Performed by Sunghee Kim, Director of Chapel Music and University Organist, and recorded in the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University.


Anthem: Let All the Peoples Praise You / Todos los pueblos canten by Victor Pilgrim, arr. Patrick Prescod [video]

Sung by the Elm Ensemble, directed by Sally Messner. Text from Psalm 67, Spanish translation © Luis Olivieri, adapt. Music from Let the Peoples Sing, Vol. 1: Sacred Choral Music of the Caribbean, ed. Marian Dolan, © 2002 Augsburg Fortress.


An Eastertide liturgy that combines these and other elements may be viewed or shared through the Institute’s YouTube channel: a bulletin is provided here. Also included is the Institute’s 2020 hymn commission, “A Sunburst of Glory,” which is described below in the list of hymn commissions.


The Christus Rex Hymn Commission Series

Since 2013, the Institute has commissioned a hymn that relates to the theme of its annual gathering. Funded by generous donations, these hymns are intended to extend the rich treasury of congregational song and, in particular, to supplement days, seasons, and occasions for which the number of existing hymn choices is limited.


Lift Up Your Hearts (2013) for “Embodiment: The Word Became Flesh”

Text: Susan Briehl

Music, WEST LEESTAD: Zebulon M. Highben

Description: Drawing on readings from Easter 2C, this hymn is available as part of the Augsburg Choral Hymn Series. It is set for SATB choir, organ, oboe, and optional assembly.


A Hearing Heart (2014) for “Word in Time: Lectionary, Proclamation and Church Year”

Text: Stephen P. Starke

Music, HEARING HEART: Amanda Husberg

Description: This text draws on imagery in Luke 10:38–42; 1 Peter 2:2; Psalm 119:103; and Romans 10:17. Both text and music are available in Marvel at the Mercy: The Hymns of Stephen P. Starke, Vol. 2.


Peace Be Still, for I Am Here (2015) for “Sing a New Song: The Cosmos in Praise and Lament”

Text: Susan Palo Cherwien

Music, PREISINGER: Timothy Strand

Description: This hymn is suitable for Lectionary 12B and Mark’s account of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35–41). Other images in the text are drawn from Job 38:1–11; Psalm 107:1–3; Psalm 107:23–32; and 2 Corinthians 6:1–13. Text and tune are published (under the title “Who Is This, That Winds Obey Him”) in Peace, Be Still: Hymns of Susan Palo Cherwien, Vol. 3.


Who Is the Neighbor (2016) for “Bearing God’s Creative Word to All the World: Vocation and Worship”

Text: Delores Dufner

Music, CALMING KIN: Mark Sedio

Description: Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us that the person in need is the neighbor whom God commands us to love; we are given the present moment as an opportunity to care for God’s beloved creation, now fragile and in urgent need of our attention. Accordingly, this hymn is particularly appropriate for liturgies that reflect upon the goodness of creation and our responsibility to care for it. It is also appropriate for lectionary dates that use images from Genesis 4:9; Luke 10:25–37; John 10:10; and Galatians 6:2. The text is published in Criers of Splendor: 56 Hymn Texts where it has been paired with the tune FINLANDIA by Jean Sibelius.


The Spirit Comes (2017) for “Liturgy Serving the Life of the Church: How Worship Re-Forms Us”

Text: Shirley Erena Murray

Music: I-to Loh

Description: This hymn is especially appropriate for Pentecost, Reformation, and other moments that examine how communities of faith are re-formed and re-shaped, challenged, and renewed.


God, You Make All Water Holy (2018) for “Washed in Water: How Baptism Forms Us”

Text: Ruth Duck

Music, ETHIOPIAN: Mark Mummert

Description: This hymn is especially appropriate for Easter 5B when the text of Philip and the Ethiophian eunuch is read, or for other Sundays with baptismal themes. Scriptural references include Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–22; and Acts 8:26–39. The text is available as part of Assembled for Song, Vol. 2: An Anthology of New Hymns, as well as an individual download from GIA Publications, Inc.


Caminemos con Jesús (2019) for “Table of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us”

Text and Music: Tony Alonso

Description: This bilingual text by Tony Alonso is based on writings of Roberto Goizueta and Luke 24:13–35. It is available from GIA Publications, Inc., as both a standalone piece as well as part of a collection inspired by Spanish melodies, African rhythms, and the composer’s Cuban heritage.


A Sunburst of Glory (2020) for “Living Breath of God: How Word through Music Forms Us”

Text: Mary Louise Bringle

Music, SUNBURST: Sally Ann Morris

Description: This text draws on several scriptural images (Isaiah 40:5, 7–8; Isaiah 60:1; Isaiah 9:6; Job 38:7; Luke 19:40; Isaiah 11:6–7; Psalm 84:3–4; Isaiah 51:3; and Colossians 1:15–20) in order to show how God’s living breath inspires all creation to sing and rejoice in Christ’s incarnation. The recurring refrain, “and all flesh shall see it together,” prompted the composer to incorporate musical ideas from Handel’s Messiah. The hymn is well-suited for Advent and Epiphany liturgies, as well as for moments that draw attention to topics of creation and renewal. It is available for download from GIA Publications, Inc.

Since we were unable to gather for the 2020 Institute, the Elm Ensemble created a virtual recording of the hymn that may be downloaded and included in online liturgies provided that local use is reported through OneLicense.


Litanies, Prayers, and Additional Texts

Confession and Forgiveness (2019) [text]

Written for the gathering eucharist liturgy at the 2019 Institute.


Litany (2019) [text]

This litany gives thanks for gifts of creation that provide food. It is especially appropriate for liturgies that include themes of creation, harvest, thanksgiving, and vocation.


Prayer after Communion (2019) [text]

This prayer is especially appropriate for the Easter season; Lectionary 15B (Proverbs 9:1–6); and Lectionary 17C (Luke 14:1, 7–14).


Thanksgiving for Baptism (2020) [text]

Crafted for the theme “Living Breath of God: How Word Through Music Forms Us,” this thanksgiving includes moments for extended silences that invite awareness of breath.


Liturgical Commissions

In 2018 and 2019, the Institute commissioned liturgical music intended to accompany ritual action surrounding baptism and eucharist.


“Washed in Water: How Baptism Forms Us” (2018)

Settings by Nancy Raabe

These pieces are offered for moments when an acclamation, psalm, or hymn may be sung. Of the collection, the composer writes: “These materials may be used however the baptism rite is performed. They are geared to a worshipping assembly that is likely to include the family and friends of the parents of the child (or the adult who is being baptized), some of whom may be invited to participate in the service music. A choir is present only occasionally. This means that the musical skills and experience of the assembly will, more than is typical, require musical materials that are straightforward, and that can be sung without a rehearsal. I have composed these materials with these conditions in mind. I hope that these materials can assist in the appreciation of the assembly of the importance of baptism as part of the Church’s expression of God’s saving grace, and of the new life that comes to us each day through this sacrament.” Contents include:

  1. Come From Love
  2. Dawn of Creation
  3. Ever-Living God
  4. Our Father, By Whose Name: Anthem
  5. Our Father, By Whose Name: Instrumental Setting
  6. We Welcome You
  7. When We Were Baptized


“Table of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us” (2019)

Settings by Anne Krentz Organ

Many of these settings were eventually published in All Creation Sings (hereafter ACS), and some may be available through Sundays and Seasons. Items with page or hymn numbers correspond to the pew edition. Contents include:

  1. As We Break This Bread
  2. Be Known to Us, Lord Jesus [ACS, p. 40]
  3. Bless All Who Share the Love of Jesus
  4. Broken and Blessed [ACS 967]
  5. Hunger for Justice [ACS 968]
  6. Now, Lord, Let Your Servant Go in Peace
  7. The Banquet Is Ready