Let us celebrate the Reformation through music!
Five hundred years ago, in the autumn of 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther began what became known as the “Reformation” of the church. You might understandably think of Luther primarily as a theologian, or preacher, but he was also a focused and prolific hymn-writer, who reinvigorated singing in what became known as the Protestant church.
How the congregation sang was a key question for Luther; he believed that a truly biblical church would be one where every believer was actively participating in every part of the service, including the singing, celebrating this incredible gospel together:
“Let God speak directly to His people through the Scriptures, and let His people respond with grateful songs of praise.”— MARTIN LUTHER
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In honor of the work by Martin Luther and the many other leaders of the Reformation, we are hosting a Special Celebration Hymn Sing. We invite you to join us on January 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church in Stephenville, Texas.
The Hymn Sing’s theme will be based on five basic tenets, known by the Latin word “Sola”, of the Reformation
- Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone),
- Sola Gratia (Grace alone),
- Sola Fide (Faith alone),
- Solus Christus (Christ alone), and
- Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone)
Our celebration will include readings, skits, hymns, and songs from several cultures, of various musical styles, and written across many centuries – from the early Church to present day – reminding us that God’s kingdom is “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.” REVELATION 7:9
As we are all a part of the “Great Multitude”, we look forward to your joining us as we lift our hearts and voices to praise our God!