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Bell, John L. The Singing Thing: A case for congregational song. Chicago: GIA, 2001. This book is unapologetically anecdotal and deals not with musical theories, but with the reasons why people sing and how best to enable them to do so. ISBN: 1579991009.
Buckley Farlee, Robert, ed. Leading the Church's Song. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1998. A practical introduction to leading congregation song in a variety of musical styles and with various instrumental accompaniments. This helpful guide, with audio CD included, can help church musicians master the skills necessary to confidently lead congregational song with stylistic integrity and cultural sensitivity. ISBN: 0806635916.
Buckley Farlee, Robert. Musicians in the Assembly. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2001. One of the first publications in the new Worship Handbook series. This small booklet is intended as a primer for all who serve as leaders of church music in congregations. ISBN: 0806642793.
Cherwien, David. Let the People Sing! A Keyboardist's Creative and Practical Guide to Engaging God's People in Meaningful Song. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1997. ISBN: 0570013542.
Choosing Contemporary Music: Seasonal, Topical, Lectionary Indexes. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2000. This one-volume reference work is designed to aid worship planners in the selection of contemporary song. It is organized by the three-year lectionary cycle and contains integrated scriptural, seasonal, and topical indexes. This volume indexes such collections as Gather, With One Voice, This Far by Faith, and Worship & Praise. ISBN: 0806638745.
Collins, Dori Erwin and Scott C. Weidler. Sound Decisions: Evaluating Contemporary Music for Lutheran Worship. Chicago: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Division for Congregational Ministries. Provides step-by-step guidance on how to evaluate and use contemporary church music within Lutheran worship. ISBN: 6000065744. Download the pdf, free!
Cotter, Jeane. Keyboard Improvisation for the Liturgical Musician. Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc., 1993. ISBN: 9995450593.
Eskew, Harry and Hugh T. McElrath. Sing with Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Hymnology. Second Edition. Nashville, Tennessee: Church Street Press, 1995. ISBN: 0805498257.
Forell Marshall, Madeline. Common Hymnsense. Chicago: GIA, 1995. This is a critical analysis of 36 widely sung hymns, beginning with texts of Watts and Wesley, and running through major periods and traditions up to the present. This book challenges many common presuppositions about hymn texts. ISBN: 0941050696.
Handbells in the Liturgy: A Practical Guide for the Use of Handbells in Liturgical Worship Traditions. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1996.
Hymns for Worship. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2001. This CD-ROM contains many hymns from common ELCA worship resources in electronic format, including Lutheran Book of Worship, With One Voice, Worship & Praise, This Far by Faith, and Libro de Liturgia y Cántico. These resources are suitable for inclusion in bulletins, service folders, and multimedia presentations (such as projected worship.) This CD is a part of the growing Lutheran Resources for Worship Computer Series by Augsburg Fortress, which also features liturgies, fonts, and art. ISBN: 080664074X.
Indexes for Worship Planning. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1996. A single volume reference that integrates the indexes for the ELCA worship resources Lutheran Book of Worship, With One Voice, and the Revised Common Lectionary. Provides a Prayer of the Day, Verse, Offertory, and hymn selections for each Sunday in cycles A, B, and C. Also contains a comprehensive scriptural index of hymns. ISBN: 0806623489.
New Hymns and Songs. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2003. This is the fifth volume of the Renewing Worship series of trial-use resources. Newly-composed hymns, renewed songs, and congregational song discoveries make up this collection of provisional material. Background material, full accompaniments, study notes, complete indexes, and accompaniments are included. Renewing Worship Songbook is the congregational counterpart to New Hymns and Songs. ISBN: 0-8066-7005-3
Singing the Liturgy: Building Confidence for Worship Leaders. Chicago: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1996.
Stulken, Marilyn K. Hymnal Companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1981. ISBN: 0800603001.
Stulken, Marilyn K. With One Voice Reference Companion. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2000. ISBN: 0806638435.
Sundays and Seasons. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress. A comprehensive worship planning guide based on the Revised Common Lectionary and the church year. The resource contains three major sections: annual introductions to the year, the Gospel and Lectionary; seasonal overviews that include "images of the season," environment and art for worship, a worship music overview and a comprehensive set of alternative worship texts (including the weekly prayers.)
Westermeyer, Paul. The Church Musician. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1997. ISBN: 0806633999.
Westermeyer, Paul. The Heart of the Matter: Church Music as Praise, Prayer, Proclamation, Story, and Gift. Chicago: GIA. About church music and its relation to the assembly of the church gathered around font, word, and table before the Trinity. This work focuses on the "what" rather than the "how" of music-making. ISBN: 1579991513.
Westermeyer, Paul. Let Justice Sing: Hymnody and Justice. Liturgical Press, 1998. Falls into three parts: content, context, and the importance of justice within the warp and woof of hymnody. ISBN: 0814625053.
Westermeyer, Paul. Te Deum: The Church and Music. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998. ISBN: 0800631463.
Wilson-Dickson, Andrew. The Story of Christian Music: From Gregorian Chant to Black Gospel. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997. ISBN: 0800629876.
Wold, Wayne. Preaching to the Choir: The Care and Nuture of the Church Choir. Augsburg Fortress, 2003. Wold provides helpful guidance for the care and nurture of the church choir as he discusses worship planning, choosing music, rehearsals, and caring for the spiritual life of choir members and directors. A notable part of this book is his “Eleven Things Not to Say at Choir Rehearsal. ISBN: 0-8066-4675-6..
Wren, Brian. Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.