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Concordia University George R. Muenich Papers

Identifier: RG 20/06
The major portion of the collection consists of his unpublished lectionary entitled, Lectionary and Book of Pericopes for the Church Year, Incorporating Materials Published by the Lutherische Liturgische Konferenz Deutschlands (Lutheran Liturgical Conference of Germany), Edited and Adapted for Use in Churches Using the Lutheran Book of Worship. When Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York, transitioned from German services to both German and English services, the question arose as to which lectionary to use -- German or English. The decision was made to produce an English version of the German Perikopenbuch mit Lektionar on the basis of the 1995 5th edition published in Hanover by Lutherisches Verlagshaus. Most of the material in the Perikopenbuch formed the basis of the new lectionary, but many refinements from the Lutheran Book of Worship were incorporated so that the lectionary would be useful for other Lutheran congregations as well. The introduction offers a detailed account of the origin and structure of the Lectionary.

Included also in the papers are sample worship bulletins, extant essays on theological and liturgical topics, and some of his liturgical music compositions.


  • 1976 - 2009


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and in German.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use Note

The Concordia University Archives is the owner of the materials in the George R. Muenich Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Concordia University Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.


1.75 Linear Feet


The papers consist of an unpublished lectionary, along with essays, musical compositions, and sample church bulletins of George R. Muenich.

Biographical note

The Rev. Dr. George R. Muenich (M√ľnnich) was born 31 August 1939 in Hammond, Indiana. He was a 1961 graduate of California Institute of Technology. He served in the United States Air Force from 1962-1965 as a lieutenant and as a civilian in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 1966-1967 when he began his studies in the Friedrich-Alexander-Universit√§t in Erlangen. In 1975 he was awarded a Doctor of Theology in Liturgics degree; his dissertation was entitled, Der Hauptgottesdienst der Lutherishen Kirche Amerikas. Certified for ministry by Concordia Seminary-in-Exile in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1975, he was received into the Lutheran Church in America (now ELCA) by colloquy and was ordained into the Holy Ministry at Grace Lutheran Church, Gas City, Indiana, in 1976, where he served for two years. Subsequently, he served as Interim Pastor at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. He then served as Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Grandview, Indiana; Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockport, Indiana; and Redeemer Lutheran Church, Jasper, Indiana. In 1990 he accepted a call to Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church (Die Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Zionskirche), an independent Lutheran congregation in Brooklyn, New York. During his pastorate the congregation transitioned from a congregation with all German services to a congregation that held both English and German services. In 2008 he colloquized into the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. In addition to his pastoral duties, he composed liturgical music; translated hymns and other liturgical materials; and developed a lectionary from both German and English resources. He retired in 2009 and moved to Battle Ground, Washington. In 1978 he married Erika Bieber. He died 14 May 2011.


The collection is arranged in three series: Series I: The Lectionary; Series II: Unpublished writings; Series III: Biographical material.
Guide to the Concordia University George R. Muenich Papers An Inventory at the Concordia University Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
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