March 2020

Do you ever wonder how hymns are chosen for our Sunday worship?

It’s a harder job than it may seem to be, but it’s also a job full of joy.

Here are some of the criteria used at LCM for choosing the songs we sing:

Season: Hymns during Epiphany emphasize Jesus as the light of the world, while Lenten hymns may emphasize reflection on sin. Easter hymns celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, while hymns for the day of Pentecost rejoice in the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Theme: Hymns complement the theme of the weekly Scripture readings.

Sing-ability: Some wonderful hymn lyrics seem to be paired with difficult or unfamiliar tunes. In these cases, our congregation may sing the powerful and profound lyrics to a more familiar tune.

Affection: Certain songs just touch our hearts.

Variety: Affirming our connection with God’s holy people in every time and place, we strive to include songs that come from both ancient and modern times, and from many lands.

Theology: Lutheran Christians emphasize God’s gracious action in choosing us, and in giving us faith to respond to God’s invitation. The hymns we sing in worship emphasize praise to God rather than human action.

Repetition: Some hymns that may be less familiar can ‘grow on us’ if we sing them a few times.

(In accordance with church tradition, and to aid our devotion, our hymnody will not include Alleluias during the season of Lent, which begins on February 26).

Psalm 96:1-2

O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

This article was borrowed from Pr. Anne Palma and edited by Pr. Bob

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