12/31/2022 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Christ Lutheran Church
1245 Hamilton Street
$45 ($20 full-time student)
Mike Krentz


Hymns in Worship: Caring, Choosing, Creating

Pastors and Musicians are invited to come to this workshop to explore questions around songs and hymns sung together in assembly. Questions include Why do we sing? What is a good hymn text? A good hymn tune? How do we move from likes and dislikes to using the gift of discernment in choosing hymns?

We will also sing together: using hidden treasures in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and introducing new hymns from the ELW Supplement and Songs for the Holy Other.



9:00 Registration

9:15 Hymn Festival – Chancel


10:00 Why Do We Sing Hymns in Our Assemblies, Pastor Gwenn Trout
Tad Talk #1


11:00 Moving from Likes and Dislikes to Discernment, Deacon Michael Krentz

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Pastor and Musician: Caring for Hymns and People Together
Tad Talk #2


2:15 Hymn Showcase (ELW Supplement, Songs for the Holy Other)
Tad Talk #3

3:00 Closing Prayer & Depart



Pastor Gwenn Trout serves at Zion Lutheran Church in Enola, PA.

Deacon Michael Krentz, Director of Music and Organist at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA. Dr. Krentz is Secretary/Treasurer of The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and convener of the Worship Team of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. Previously he taught hymnody (and other things) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for nine years.