"Prepared by the churches participating in the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship: Lutheran Church in America, The American Lutheran Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada. The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod."
"Second Printing, August 1979". -- p. .
"Ministers Desk Edition". -- half-title page.
"The Ministers Edition is designed to assist the leaders of worship and to provide supplementary resources. The Accompaniment Edition - Liturgy includes keyboard settings for the music of the liturgy which are needed to support congregational singing. 'Lutheran Book of Worship' is intended for use by the congregation. All three editions are needed if use of the 'Lutheran Book of Worship' is to achieve its full potential". -- Intro., p. 11.
"In 1965, after abandoning work on a project of its own begun in 1953, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod issued an invitation to other Lutheran churches in North America to join it in work toward a common hymnal and service book. Groundwork for such a venture had been laid in joint work on 'Culto Cristiano' (1964), a book for Spanish-speaking Lutherans. The invitation was accepted by the Lutheran Church in America, the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (Slovak), and The American Lutheran Church, and in 1966 the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship was formed. Soon thereafter the Slovak church merged with The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, and was replaced as a partner in the ILCW by The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada, formerly the Canadian district of The American Lutheran Church. The Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship entered into dialog with congregations, pastors, musicians, and theologians on the basis of a series of trial-use booklets, 'Contemporary Worship'. There were supplemented with testing programs, conferences, and questionnaires. Congregations for whom the revised services and hymns are intended have been able to participate in shaping the project. The result is this 'Lutheran Book of Worship'." -- Intro.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Notes on the Liturgy -- Calendar -- Morning Prayer (Matins) -- Evening Prayer (Vespers) -- Prayer at the Close of the Day (Compline) -- Responsive Prayer I -- Responsive Prayer II -- The Litany -- Propers for Daily Prayer -- Psalms for Daily Prayer -- Daily Lectionary -- Petitions, Intercessions, and Thanksgivings -- Athanasian Creed -- Propers -- Sundays and Principal Feasts -- Ash Wednesday Liturgy -- Procession with Palms -- Maundy Thursday Liturgy -- Good Friday Liturgy -- Service for Vigil of Easter -- The Lesser Festivals -- Commemorations -- Occasions -- One Year Lectionary -- Holy Communion, Setting One -- Holy Communion, Setting Two -- Holy Communion, Setting Three -- Chorale Service for Holy Communion -- Holy Baptism -- Service of the Word -- Corporate Confession and Forgiveness -- Individual Confession and Forgiveness -- Affirmation of Baptism -- Marriage -- Burial of the Dead -- The Psalms -- Singing the Psalms -- Canticles -- Indexes.