Another Liturgical VBS – Singing the Catechism in Worden, Illinois, by Pr. Rossow

Last week we told you about the liturgical VBS in Naperville. Attached is a video of the children of Trinity Lutheran Church in Worden, Illinois, singing the catechism. They are singing Titus 3:5-6 from the Baptism section of “Sing the Faith.” We thank Rebekah Curtis, wife of Pastor Heath Curtis for providing the video.

The catechism songs are a good example of being historic and timely. The text is nothing more than the text of the catechism and they are set to sometimes lively music and sometimes more serious sounds depending on the text. They are available from Concordia Publishing House (product #790004).

There is a BJS connection to the catechism songs. They were composed by Cantor Phillip Magness of Bethany Lutheran Church and School, Naperville, Illinois who is also a board member of the Brothers of John the Steadfast. He was also elected to the new LCMS Board for International Mission at the convention last week.


About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Another Liturgical VBS – Singing the Catechism in Worden, Illinois, by Pr. Rossow — 5 Comments

  1. Great stuff! I am a big fan of CPH’s “Sing the Faith.” We regularly use them in our home devotions and our Sunday School openings at church. They are incredibly helpful!

  2. I, also, am a huge fan of “Sing the Faith”! For our VBS this past June, the students learned the Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed – and sang all 5 cuts from STF in church the following Sunday! Our Sunday School uses STF all the time, learning various songs/portions of LSC throughout the year. These kids will be more ready for Catechesis/Confirmation than ever before! I love it!

  3. Love it! We use STF for our VBS program. Last year we did the 10 commandments. This year we learned to sing the 3 articles of the creed. It is indeed a great blessing for the church. I highly recommend it. If you’re writing your own programs, getting the music is 75 percent of the work.

    STF was also given to the confirmands, as we would play it in class. They supposedly downloaded them to their ipods so they could listen while riding the bus to school. Some comments were telling. One young boy who I could only describe as a skateboarding metal-head, said, “This is so weird… but its cool!”

  4. Thanks for the STF information. And the discussion of the convention music. Have you read “Te Deum” by Paul Westermeyer who wrote “”There is a deep mystery of praising the Triune name. That is why superficial talk [texts] about praise of God and superficial music associated with such trivial talk is so enervating and silly. ” (HT: My old friend Royce Eckhardt, music editor of the Covenant Hymnal.)

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