The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
a third one has been sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

The Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Ustream - Sunday, 10 AM Central Daylight Time.
Wednesdays Romans 1-5 in Greek

Saved worship files and Greek lessons are at the live worship link.

which works as too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Norma A. Boeckler Author's Page

Pastor Gregory L. Jackson's Author's Page

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WELS Documented - Contemporary Poll Results

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Contemporay Poll Results

Several people have written that they didn't like the way this poll was worded and we will do our own next time. However, in order to find a starting point, we wanted to compare what was done in the past to how things are now to see if trends are changing or staying the same. Therefore, we used the exact same questions so the results would be comparable.

The Results and Comments from the 2012 Poll:

23% use only hymns accompanied by the organ
77% use acoustic guitar and piano on at least some of their music
12.5% don’t even own an organ. 

This is mind boggling to me but I suspect these numbers represent more of the WELS/ELS audience that view my BLOG as opposed to our Synods as a whole but nonetheless, this is data that can not and should not be ignored by our Synod offices.  In my opinion, the Worship Supplement was an incredible step in the right direction but we need more resources, more training, and more education to go along with all of the newer music and different forms of accompaniment that our congregations are moving toward. 

Here are how the results are currently shaping up (will keep updating the 2015 result column as we get more results in.)

Poll Comparison
CW hymns only sung along with organ accompaniment.33
CW hymns & a few new hymns from the Supplement, but still all accompanied with the organ.68
CW hymns, Supplement hymns, and GIA pieces, all accompanied with the organ.21
CW hymns, Supplement hymns, and GIA pieces, accompanied with the organ or a limited praise band (piano and acoustic guitar – no drums).43
CW hymns, Supplement hymns, GIA pieces, and the LAPPY or equivalent songbooks accompanied with the organ or a limited praise band (piano and acoustic guitar – no drums).100
We are blended. We use hymns and contemporary songs, praise bands and organs depending on the particular song style. The praise band can have drums, bass guitars and electric guitars.154
We offer both traditional and contemporary services each week.22
We only use contemporary music with praise band accompaniment (piano, drums, electric guitars, bass guitar, etc.). We don’t even own an organ.60
So Far


Hoenecke would not be pleased,
but who remembers him?