Although the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is deeply rooted in the Lutheran tradition and continues to use the music and arts from its heritage, it is increasingly affected by the contemporary developments in the various arts. This innovation, however, is most often proposed in order to recapture traditional practice and to complement the historic Lutheran liturgy.
Changes in the Sunday worship of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) occur rather slowly. In its 150 year history there have been only three official English language hymnals (1912, 1941, 1982) and one German hymnal (1847). In recent decades individual congregations have experimented with texts, songs, and forms beyond these resources.