St. Paul urges the church to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart” (Ephesians 5:19). The song of the church has been throughout all ages, tongues, and peoples. From the psalms of ancient Israel, to the canticles of New Testament saints, to the hymns of the church, music is an integral part of the worship of God. This is especially true for the Lutheran Church as the “singing church” with a rich tradition of hymnody and music from luminaries such as Luther, Praetorius, Gerhardt, Bach, Franzmann, and Schalk.
To celebrate and learn more about this great tradition of music we will be starting a new study on Wednesday September 15th, 2021 at 7pm talking about the history and theology of music in the church. Meeting in the church office, Kantor Jonathan Wessler will present a brief history of music in the church. Following that Paul Edmon will cover selected Psalms, Canticles, and Hymns discussing the authors, translators, and composers of these great works of corporate music as well as the deep theology found therein regarding Jesus Christ and His work for our salvation.
Class starts on September 15th at 7pm, come through the front gate of the church and use the door bell to get in. For those who cannot make it in person we will be livestreaming it on the FLC Youtube channel. We hope you will be able to join us as we sing our way through the church year and the life of the Christian.