Israel’s Musical Inheritance

“Hosanna!” the crowd cries out on Palm Sunday. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The people had sung these words before. They’re right out of Psalm 118:25-26. “Hosanna” is a transliteration of two Hebrew words … Continue reading

Pastor, Can We Sing Patriotic Songs in Church?

A friend of mine recently had a parishioner ask him if they could sing patriotic songs in the Divine Service this Fourth of July weekend. Of course he said no, like the good and faithful pastor he is. But the … Continue reading

“O Day Full of Grace”: A Scandinavian Hymn for Pentecost

What a joyous, happy event a birthday is! When a child is born, the family rejoices. A birthday is something to remembered in a special way each year. The Day of Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter is a birthday, … Continue reading

Do I Have “Torah” Written on My Forehead? (The Importance of Daily Devotions)

The Divine Service is the main course of a wholesome, spiritually nutritious diet.  There’s nothing quite like the gathering of the saints—past and present—around Word and Sacrament.  This is no ordinary meal; it’s the very Wedding Feast of the Lamb … Continue reading

Steadfast at Camp

A recent edition of Rock Center with Brian Williams featured hilarious selections from the book, “P.S. I Hate It Here!: Kids’ Letters from Camp” by Diane Falanga. In this book, kids are brutally honest about their summer camp experience. You … Continue reading

The Vocation of Music in the Divine Service

We Lutherans, who are heirs of Johann Sebastian Bach and so many other great composers of sacred music, certainly understand that various instruments can be used faithfully in the liturgical context to God’s glory.   But what are some important considerations … Continue reading