Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Wayne Schmidt

Scripture References in this Resource

Numbers 6:24-26; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25


The purpose of this thesis is to determine the source or sources upon which the "Order of Morning Service or the Communion" of the Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book is based.1Issued by The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod in 1912, the Hymn-Book was the first English hymnal of this type published by the Missouri Synod. This particular publication, rather than a more recent hymnal, has been chosen as representative of the present liturgical usage of the Missouri Synod for two reasons. First, it is the first “official" English hymnal used by the Synod. Second, the communion liturgies currently employed by The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod are based upon the original version and revisions of the Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book. In this study it will be demonstrated which Lutheran liturgies exerted the greatest influence upon the communion liturgy of the 1912 Hymn-Book. The question of most significant interest is: Did the 1912 English service order of the Missouri Synod receive greater influence from the German Kirchen-Agende of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod or was the greater influence from a source or sources found outside of the Missouri Synod? In other words, what is the heritage of the service order of 1912? In the end it will be demonstrated that the Order of Holy Communion presently employed by The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod has its origins outside of the Missouri Synod. It will be illustrated that the immediate roots of the present service order lie within organizations viewed with suspicion and distrust by the Missouri Synod.

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