Arthur asked about the proper characteristics of a hymn. Unfortunately, I do not have time for another project.
People are fond of knocking The Lutheran Hymnal. Have they created a better, more confessional one since then?
ELS? - Plenty of ELCA material. Funny, the old ELS hymnal did not need ELCA.
WELS? - Tiefel said, "I have the title, so I will do it my way." Just what WELS needed, a Church Growth ecumenist in charge of worship. WELS pastors had a chance to show some spine, even passively, by not buying it. They went for Charismatic Worship almost 100%. By the way, hymnal projects rake in the dough for the synod. The cost of printing a huge run is slightly more than the cost of paper.
LCMS? - They have made several attempts. 1 - Buying the LBW. 2. Editing the B out and selling LW. 3. The new one.
ELCA? - The ELCA is following mainline trends. Ecumenical worship was not a big enough thrill, so they began worship services (with guidelines) among various pagan religions. The Muslims and Hindus are too tame, so the cutting edge factions have adopted old pagan, earth-mother, fertility rites from the pagans. Yes, ELCA will have publicized Wiccan services in a matter of time. American Indian rites are similar. The LA archdiocese already used them to dedicate their new cathedral.
So Missouri, WELS, and the ELS will continue to follow ELCA a few years later, as they always have, posturing about how they are not as bad as ELCA.