In an attempt to familiarize ourselves with the new hymnal, on October 1st we dedicated them to the glory of God and had a big ole hymn fest in worship! From beginning to end we glorified God with hymns. A number of you said you loved the service so much that we should do a hymn sing at least once a quarter because it is fun to sing so many songs. If you saw the bulletin from that service I hope you happened to notice the quotes from church members who shared why hymns were their favorites. (That may be what I enjoyed the most of the whole service.)
And now, as we work our way through the rest of the month we will take a closer look at a few hymns as we continue to celebrate this new hymnal. This time, instead of a hymn sing, one or two hymns will be the focus of our worship each week. The sermons will be shaped by the passages the hymns are based upon and we will learn the stories behind these expressions of praise. On the 15th, we will take a closer look at Be Thou My Vision and How Firm a Foundation. On the 22nd, we will focus our sites upon Lift High the Cross, and finally, on Reformation Sunday, which is Oct. 29th, we will dive into the theology and the meaning of Martin Luther’s great hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God. Also, in celebration of the Reformation, we will have a bagpiper in worship!
Let us continue to make beautiful music and praise God as we join together in worship, ministry, and mission for our Lord Jesus Christ.