Our Church’s Musical Heritage
One of the reasons for the Reformation was because Luther considered the participation of the people in the worship service very important for their faith life. Their hearing and read-ing the word was foremost, and music a powerful vehicle for revealing biblical truths.
The Reformation brought God’s Word to the people like never before. And music and the singing of hymns became a very real vehicle for worship and a way for the Holy Spirit to awaken us to new faith growth. The music and hymn singing is our action of praise and worship to our God and Father.
Our church’s musical heritage is also rich in vocal, organ, instrumental music and hymnody.
Hymns are written in poetic verse which is put to music for praising our God and reflecting on His love for us. They are our action of praise and worship.
As you look at a hymn in our hymnal, notice the words. Also, the syllables that are coded in a meter which may be similar to another tune, ( a more familiar one ) which can substi-tuted with those words, enabling us to have ease in the singing while concentrating on the meanings of those words.
At the bottom left of the page is the writer of the text and year; and under that is the com-poser of the tune and year.
On the bottom right, is the name of the tune, the meter, and under that the biblical refer-ences to the hymn words.
The part of our heritage that is vocal, organ, piano or instrumental music are intended to help in our faith growth as we listen.
Further, the Prelude before the service is intended for personal meditation and preparation for the service—centering our minds and hearts on the day’s theme.
Ways of doing this: Reading the words of a hymn included in that service; praying, listen-ing to the music (which is chosen to either introduce the melody and spirit of one of the hymns, or of the service) and hopefully to inspire your worship experience.
Lastly, the Postlude is the sending of worshipers out into their lives with joy in their hearts.
May this be a blessing to you each Sunday!
In Christ’s service,
I would like for us to consider music, or singing in our worship experience, as God directed: Christ centered, active and not passive. There are many Biblical suggestions for singing, for instance
Ephesians 5:19: 'Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ'.
Also, the book of Psalms is a collection of songs/poetry. And there are many other suggestions for the singing of songs, and the playing of musical instruments of praise in the Bible. Did not David play the lyre and sing for King Saul? And his songs are in the book of Psalms.
Our liturgy has a Psalm suggestion for each Sunday of the church year which can be sung (chanted) by the congregation, or a Leader and the congregation. These were an integral part of the Church (Catholic) worship, al-beit sung by the Priests. It was during the Reformation that worshipers began taking an active part in the services, and songs/hymns became an integral part of the worshipers' experience.
So then, what is the purpose of singing hymns in our services?If, when we are singing hymns, we are attentive to the direction of the text, we become mindful of this means of God's ministry to us, they then release God's Divine power within and through us—Christ’s Living Church. It can be one of His mightiest means of ministry to us when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and we sing with devotion and praise.
If you look at a hymn in our hymnal, you will notice below the hymn on the left is the TEXT author; and below that the TUNE composer; at the bottom on the right side is the TUNE NAME and the meter that it is written in. (The meter of a hymn is based on the number of syllables in a line or phrase of the hymn) You can find all of these things in the indexes at the back of the hymnal. At the very bottom of the hymn page is Biblical references for the words in that hymn.
My hope is that this is helpful to you in your worship and you are blessed.
In His Service,
THE FINEST HYMN
Reginald Heber (1783-1826), a vicar and hymn-writer in England, was the first person to compile a hymnal based around the church calendar.
He composed the beloved hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy" specifi-cally for Trinity Sunday, with lyrics based on Revelation 4:8-11.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
The joyful song celebrates the eternal, omnipotent Triune God. Throughout the verses, Heber used units of three to symbolize the Trinity (God is "perfect in power, in love and purity"; God is worshiped by saints, cherubim and seraphim; and he’s praised "in earth and sky and sea").
Music at Christ Our Savior
The Choir meets on Thursday night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The Choir sings at one of the two Sunday Services and prepares for our many celebration services throughout the year including Christmas and Easter. New members are always most welcome!
Jubilate Chime Choir
Chimes are Ringing!! The Jubilate Chime Choir will continue to have rehearsals during the summer on Thursdays from 9:00-10:30AM. We welcome anyone to come and observe the practices and "give it a try". Playing with us is very rewarding and does not require any musical knowledge/training! If you can count to 4, know your left hand from your right hand, and tell blue markings from red markings, you can play with us! A great opportunity to make music and make new friends! Be brave! Come and play with us and have fun.
Periodically during the year our Praise Team performs on Sundays. Guitars, Bass, Flutes and other instruments come together to accompany this group. Do you play a musical instrument? Join our Team!
Gospel Concerts and nights of Gospel Sings are also held approximately quarterly. Bring your voices and praise the Lord!