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SPD Hymn Madness!

SPD Hymn Madness!
What are your favorite hymns?


UPDATE May 10 – We have a winner!

Beautiful Savior is the 2023 favorite hymn of St. Philip the Deacon! Thanks to everyone who contributed their votes to our SPD Hymn Madness bracket tournament. It was fun! Be sure to join your hymn-loving friends in our Liturgy of Hymns on Sunday, July 16 at 9:30 a.m., when we’ll sing the Elite Eight contenders together.


There are over 650 hymns in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymnal (ELW), but which ones are your favorites? We’re holding a friendly bracket tournament to find out!

Inspired by March Madness, SPD’s Hymn Madness tournament pairs 64 of the ELW’s most popular, general-purpose hymns in a multi-round bout determined by popular vote. The top eight hymns will be sung during worship as a Liturgy of Hymns later this summer. The winning hymn will claim the title for SPD’s Hymn of the Year!

Click on the bracket image to see it in detail.

Information, including how and when to vote, will be published in our weekly news email, on social media and in the Partners in the Gospel worship bulletin insert.

Liturgy of Hymns: Sunday, July 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Warm up your voices and sing our congregation’s most treasured hymns at our summer Liturgy of Hymns! The eight most popular general hymns, determined by several rounds of voting in the spring, will be featured at this worship service.



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