ILCWInter-Lutheran Commission on Worship
ILCWImmanuel Lutheran Church Women (Zittau, WI)
ILCWIndependent Living Council of Wisconsin, Inc.
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ILCW's revision of CW 2 appeared in 1975, and one year later the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches was formed.
The ILCW began its work in 1966, just three years after the Second Vatican Council issued its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
In order to take this step, the ILCW had to include a separate Service of the Word.
The ILCW responded to a felt need to revise or replace the "old line" pericopes, especially to add readings from the Hebrew Bible.
Now, with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and its uniquely defined canons of worship and music added to the mix, the current ILCW makeup rather nicely represented a mild diversity of views about the nature of liturgical music in our time.
The ILCW had given explicit permission to issue this publication.
The stated purpose of the ILCW was to prepare a "new, common liturgy and hymnal." This was to succeed The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH) of 1941 used by LCMS and the 1958 Service Book and Hymnal (SBH) used by most other Lutherans.
The publication of CW-4: Hymns for Baptism and Holy Communion (1972) reflected the ILCW's concern to highlight these two sacraments for the life and worship of the church.
But with the goal of the ILCW to prepare "a common core of hymn texts and musical settings" the task was even greater.
Whether the ILCW should even envision a traditional hardcover book was an issue raised by some.
(9) Restoration of this prayer to our baptismal rite is one of the greatest accomplishments of the LBW, for which the ILCW and especially the LTC should be proud.
The ILCW showed great wisdom in looking back into early Christian history for what would shape the future church.