Posted by: Johnold Strey | April 28, 2011

CW Electronic Pew Edition

Northwestern Publishing House, the publishing company of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), recently released Christian Worship: Electronic Pew Edition.  This resource provides text and graphics files for all of the materials in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal.  I cannot remember how many times I have been asked when and if the WELS Commission on Worship would produce such a resource — but it has been many times!  So this release will be welcome news for many WELS congregations who would like to reproduce worship materials in their weekly service folders.  Some of the important information about this resource follows; the text is copied from the Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) website and the links will take you to the appropriate pages on the NPH website.

Christian Worship: Electronic Pew Edition

This CD allows congregations to prepare service folders for church and school that include the text and music of the materials in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal (CW). It contains RTF files (of all the worship resources), TIFF files (music graphics of melody and text for all sung parts of CW), and a PDF file (of the 960-page CW). A yearly fee and separate Annual Usage Fee are required to reprint or project the contents. Published 2011.

Presentation filled with helpful information about Christian Worship: Electronic Pew Edition:

Important Copyright Information

Permission is needed to reprint any copyrighted text or music from any edition of Christian Worship, including the Electronic Pew Edition. This may include, but is not limited to, reprinting the text only, photocopying words or music, or projecting words or music onto a screen during worship.

While some titles are in the public domain, many of the worship materials in CW have current copyright restrictions. Check the bottom of the hymn page or liturgy to be sure. If there is no copyright (©) statement, it is public domain and you may reprint it without permission. Contact NPH with questions at 414-615-5706, or send e-mail to  

By agreement with the copyright holders, you may use the Electronic Pew Edition to create service folders for use in worship services only if you obtain a reprint license.

PLEASE NOTE: Purchase of this Electronic Pew Edition does not give you permission to reprint any of the materials from the CD. ALL © COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS REQUIRE PERMISSION FOR REPRINTING IN SERVICE FOLDERS.

How to obtain permission to reprint from CW:

In most cases, a membership through will cover reprint permissions (for more information, see However, the following will not be able to be reported through OneLicense:

  • CW 13, “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying” (Setting © Estate of H. H. Bancroft)
  • CW 19, “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You” (Setting © Bärenreiter-Verlag)
  • CW 31, “O Lord of Light, Who Made the Stars” (Text © World Library Publications)
  • CW 110, “My Song Is Love Unknown” (Tune and Setting © John Ireland Trust, UK)
  • CW 118, “O Dearest Lord, Thy Sacred Head” (Text © A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd., admin. Continuum Intl Pub.)
  • CW 131, “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” (Setting © Bärenreiter-Verlag)
  • CW 167, “Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense” (Setting © Bärenreiter-Verlag)
  • CW 182, “Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling” (Text © A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd., admin. Continuum Intl Pub.)
  • CW 200, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (Setting © Bärenreiter-Verlag)
  • CW 264, “Glory Be to God in Heaven” (Tune © Walton Music Corp.)
  • CW 318, “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” (Text © World Library Publications)
  • CW 346, “In You Is Gladness” (Setting © Oliver Ditson Co., admin. Theodore Presser Co.)
  • CW 350, “All Praise Be Yours” (Tune and Setting © Bethany Press, admin. Chalice Press)
  • CW 363, “The King of Glory Comes” (Text © OCP Publications)
  • CW 379, “Amazing Grace—How Sweet the Sound” (Setting © Abingdon Press, admin. The Copyright Company)
  • CW 415, “Be Still, My Soul” (Tune © Breitkopf & Härtel)
  • CW 425, “Oh, Sing, My Soul, Your Maker’s Praise” (Text © The Lutheran World Federation)
  • CW 440, “On Eagles’ Wings” (Text and Tune © OCP Publications)
  • CW 455, “Rise! To Arms! With Prayer Employ You” (Setting © Bärenreiter-Verlag)
  • CW 482, “Forgive Us, Lord” (Tune © Historic Church of the Ascension)
  • CW 522, “Grant Peace, We Pray, in Mercy, Lord” (Text © The Lutheran World Federation)
  • CW 525, “The Son of God, Our Christ” (Tune © Historic Church of the Ascension)

See listing below for contact information on these copyright holders.

Due to copyright restrictions, the following may not be reprinted in a service folder or bulletin:

  • CW 24, “The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came” (Setting)
  • CW 50, “Once in Royal David’s City” (Setting)
  • CW 154, “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks” (Text and Tune)
  • CW 234, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (Descant)

The following copyright holders are not members, and permission to reprint anything copyrighted by them may not be obtained through

Abingdon Press

(admin. by The Copyright Company): obtain license from CCLI or contact directly at

The Copyright Company

PO Box 128139

Nashville, TN 37212-8139

(615) 244-9848

A.R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd:

(admin. by Continuum Intl. Publishing Group) must be contacted directly at

Continuum Intl. Publishing Group, Ltd.

Attn: Copyright Permissions

The Tower Building

11 York Rd.

London SE1 7NX

United Kingdom


contact Baerenreiter-Verlag directly or European American Music Distributors LLC (New York) at

Baerenreiter-Verlag Karl Voettterle GmbH & Co. KG

Attn: Legal & License Affairs

Heinrich-Schutz-Allee 35-37

D-34131 Kassel


European American Music Distributors LLC

Attn: Copyright Permissions

254 West 31st Street

Floor 15

New York, NY 10001


Bethany Press

(admin. by Chalice Press): all requests must be made in writing by either e-mail or US Mail at

Chalice Press

Attn: Publishing Assistant

1221 Locust St. Ste 670

St Louis, MO 63103


Breitkopf & Hartel:

must be contacted directly at

Breitkopf & Härtel

Walkmühlstrasse 52

D-65195 Wiesbaden


Estate of H. H. Bancroft:

must be contacted directly at

Estate of H. H. Bancroft

c/o Brian Burrows

11331-75 Avenue

Edmonton Alberta



Historic Church of the Ascension:

must be contacted directly at

Historic Church of the Ascension

30 S. Kentucky Ave.

Atlantic City, NJ 08404-7028

(609) 344-0615

John Ireland Trust:

must be contacted directly at

John Ireland Trust

c/o Bruce Phillips

20 Third Acre Rise

Oxford OX2 9DA

United Kingdom


Lutheran World Federation, The:

must be contacted directly at (e-mail preferred):


The Lutheran World Federation

PO Box 2100

CH-1211 Geneva 2


OCP Publications:

must obtain reprint license online from LicenSing at

Oliver Ditson Co.

(admin. Theodore Presser Co.): must be contacted directly at

Theodore Presser Co.

Attn: Licensing & Copyrights

518 N. Gulph Rd.

King of Prussia, PA 19406


Walton Music Corp.:

must obtain reprint license online at

World Library Publications:

contact directly by calling or e-mailing

(800) 566-6150


General Information about

(See website for more detailed information: is a licensing agent for its member publishers (for example, NPH, Concordia, GIA, etc.). Churches may “subscribe” to OneLicense by paying an annual fee based on congregation size. This annual fee will cover all reprint costs for music copyrighted by the OneLicense member publishers. (Normally you would need to get permission from and negotiate a royalty fee with each individual publisher/copyright holder.)

OneLicense will cover reprints for congregational use only. You may not make copies for a choir or other singing group and report the use to OneLicense.

OneLicense also has a one-time event license if you will only be reprinting for a single event. CCLI also has this option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need to purchase a license from if we purchase CW: Electronic Pew Edition?

In order to reprint any of the hymns or liturgies from CW: Electronic Pew Edition, you must have permission from the copyright holders of the texts and music. (It is the same as photocopying copyrighted text or music from a hard copy songbook.) is a licensing agent that takes care of the copyright permissions process for you. Purchasing CW: Electronic Pew Edition only makes you the owner of the CD-ROM; the copyright holders still own their text and music and therefore under US Copyright Law have the exclusive right to reproduce their works.

If I purchase the Electronic Pew Edition and a license from OneLicense, can I reprint everything on the CD-ROM?

Almost everything. See the hymns listed previously whose copyright holders are not members of OneLicense. You need to get permission from them directly.

Can I make copies of a hymn from Christian Worship: Electronic Pew Edition so the children in a class can learn a song to be sung in church and then report that use through OneLicense?

No. OneLicense only covers reprinting for the purpose of congregational use in a worship folder or bulletin. You must either purchase enough copies for the class or get permission from the copyright holder. (The same is true for choirs.)

NOTE: A license from OneLicense does not grant the right to make copies of any choral music, cantatas, musicals, handbell music, keyboard arrangements, vocal solos, or instrumental works. The license grants duplicating rights for congregational use only.

Can we report the following use to OneLicense? Printing the text only of a hymn sung by a soloist or choir in a worship folder so the congregation can follow along.

Yes. OneLicense will allow this because the text is printed for congregational use.

Can the liturgies, psalm refrains, prayers, and devotions in CW be reprinted in a service folder?

Yes, as long as you report the use through OneLicense or get permission from the copyright holder.

We’re not sure if we’re going to purchase the Electronic Pew Edition; we’d like to try one or two hymns first. If we have a hard copy of Christian Worship, can we reprint a song either by photocopying the page(s) as a bulletin insert or typing the text into the service folder?

Yes, as long as you obtain permission from the copyright holder. OneLicense offers a one-time license for such uses. However, it may be more cost effective to purchase a yearly license if you’re going to be using more than one song.

If you have further questions about Christian Worship: Electronic Pew Edition and copyrights, please contact the NPH Coordinator of Copyrights & Permissions at 414-615-5706 or send e-mail to

Annual Usage Fee

Please note that in addition to the purchase price of Christian Worship: Electronic Pew Edition, you must pay an Annual Usage Fee in order to use the materials on the CD in service folders, presentation software, or any other use where the materials are reprinted or reproduced in print or electronic media.

The first year of your Annual Usage Fee is included in the purchase price of the product. After that, the Annual Usage Fee will be renewable on the anniversary date of your purchase. NPH will bill you automatically during that month.

The Annual Usage Fee is necessary as long as you continue to use the materials on the CD. If you discontinue using the CD for reproducing the materials, notify NPH and we will stop billing you. If you resume using the product after letting it lapse, notify NPH and we will renew your Annual Usage Fee upon receipt of payment.

Congregations that have dual parishes may purchase one copy of the product and use one Annual Usage Fee for use with both locations. Transfer of the Annual Usage Fee to another congregation is not allowed without contacting NPH first.

The following table shows the Annual Usage Fee for congregations based on average weekly attendance:

Average Weekly Attendance … Annual Usage Fee

  • 1-25 … $25
  • 26-100 … $50
  • 101-200 … $75
  • 201-400 … $100
  • 401-700 … $125
  • 701-1100 … $150
  • 1101-1600 … $175
  • 1601-2200 … $200

Remember that in addition to the Annual Usage Fee, you must obtain a reprint license for any copyrighted materials that you reprint or use from the CD. Most of the items are covered by



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