Hymn Festivals

Hymn Festivals

A variety of hymn festivals are offered on this site. A brief description of each service is included below the title and PDF link.

2016 Hymn Festival information POSTERThis hymn festival, Liberated by God’s Grace, was commissioned by Bishop Larry Kochendorfer for use at the 2016 Synod Convention We give thanks to the hymn festival planning team of Dr. Joy Berg; Diaconal Minister, Dr. Faith Nostbakken; and The Rev. Ann Salmon for all their work and preparation.

The hymn that frames the hymn festival was written for the 2016 Synod Convention.  We give thanks to God for the talents of Neil Querengesser, the writer of the text; and Joy Berg, the composer of the tune. The rest of the festival hymns are from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and we also give thanks for the men and women who wrote and composed the texts and tunes of these hymns.

The spoken reflections are written by people from all over our synod.  They are true stories of despair and joy.  Each, in its own way, is a story of grace.  We give thanks to those who wrote these stories and agreed to have them published, anonymously, in this hymn festival.

Click here to download the service bulletin: 2016 Hymn Festival Service Order

Notes for congregational use:

  • When using this program in congregations, please omit the opening litany for convention on page 2.
  • Art used in this worship bulletin may be used in local (ABT Synod) congregations, provided that the
    copyright information for each is included in all copies.
  • A PowerPoint Presentation of the featured art and logos is available for your use from the ABT Synod office. Please email info@albertasynod.ca.
  • Offerings may be designated to the ELCIC Reformation Challenge and the ABT Synod  Bishop’s
    Discretionary Fund.

Our Synod will be hosting  two Synod-wide Hymn Festivals Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:00 pm at Hope
Lutheran, Calgary; and Saturday, March 18, 2017, 4:00 pm at Hosanna Lutheran, Edmonton.
All are invited to attend.


We graciously thank Canadian Lutheran World Relief for their sponsor support of the Hymn Festival.

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Thanksgiving Festival of Scripture and Song – PDF
A Thanskgiving Festival of Scripture and Song prepared by Rev. Don Nevile and Ben DeVan. The festival features lessons, hymns and prayers in the theme of thanksgiving.

Reformation Service
Prepared for use October 30, 2005 at Unity Lutheran Church, Medicine Hat this service follows the structure of Martin Luther’s Catechism with readings from Luther’s Large Catechism and hymns from the Lutheran Book of Worship and With One Voice.

Christ the King Hymn Festival 2007 Leader’s Guide – PDF
Christ the King bulletin – pdf – PDF
Through word, symbol, song and prayer this Hymn Festival celebrates Christ the King as it traces the liturgical year. It was prepared by members of our Synod’s Worship and the Arts Committee for use throughout the Synod and may be used on Christ the King Sunday or any time during the year.

Sing to the Lord a New Song Bulletin– PDF

Sing to the Lord a New Song Song List – PDF

Commentaries A Mighty Fortress – PDF

Baptised and Set Free – PDF

Beautiful Savior – PDF

Holy God, Holy and Glorious – PDF

Lord Jesus You Shall Be My Song– PDF

Once We Sang and Danced with Gladness – PDF

Rise O Church Like Christ Arisen– PDF

Soli deo Gloria – PDF

Take My Life – PDF

Take, Oh, Take Me – PDF

The Lord Now Sends Us Forth – PDF

Wade in the Water – PDF

When the Poor Ones – PDF

This hymnfest celebrates the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnbook and was presented by the Grace Lutheran Cantor Group, November 3, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church, Wetaskiwin. The worship includes song and commentary.

A Service of Hymns and Readings on the Nicene Creed(1) – PDF
This service was written as an introduction to hymns and songs in With One Voice, and uses the Nicene Creed for its theme. Although it can be used at almost any time, it is particularly appropriate for use on the Sunday of the Holy Trinity. It was prepared by Darryl Dewalt for worship at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Edmonton, Feburary 1997.

Service of Prayer and Conversation in the Midst of Drought – PDF
This service was arranged, in part, from a number of sources by Rev. Bill E. Harder while serving as Pastor at Armena Lutheran Church, Armena. The service may be amended as necessary to fit into the context of Sunday worship; it was, however, designed as an ecumenical weekday evening worship service.

Service of Healing – Bread of Life – PDF
This Service of Healing prepared by the 2004 Synod Study Conference Chaplains: Rev. Dawn Nelson and Rev. Larry Kochendorfer is adapted from: Life Passages: Marriage, Healing, Funeral. Renewing Worship, Volume 4. A container filled with sand was used as a visual image – with worshippers placing a lit candle into the sand following prayer and anointing.

Multiple copies of the songbook used during the Study Conference: Renewing Worship Songbook: New Hymns and Songs for Provisional Use, are available for borrowing from our Synod office.

Rite of Blessing of the Seed – PDF
This rite was prepared by Pastor Don Hansen of Trinity Lutheran Church, Estevan, Saskatchewan and is available for public use.