As you may have heard, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of what many consider the start of the reformation. In 1517 Martin Luther's theses were posted on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. The years following this important event would be of monumental importance to the church and the world.
While we don't worship the man Luther, this reformation year gives us a chance to reflect on Luther's return to Scripture as the sole rule and norm for faith and life and his emphasis on salvation by grace through faith in Christ. In the coming months, we will also enjoy Luther's emphasis on congregational singing of Scripture, specifically the Psalms. Luther once said "“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.” Luther was convinced that words had power, and that God used words to give us Jesus. He also saw the value in music to carry that proclamation of God's Word through song.
Beginning this week we will be singing the Psalms together in worship. The Pastor or Vicar will sing the first verse, and the congregation will join in, accompanied by the organist. Don't worry if you struggle at first, it will come quickly. As you sing, reflect on the words of the Psalm and what they tell us of Christ. In the Psalms we see the suffering of Christ, the love of Christ, and the care that Christ has for you and for me.
May God Bless Your Worship!