Musical Notes ♫♬ (Archive)
It is truly good, right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting, who in the multitude of your saints did surround us with so great a cloud of witnesses that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run with patience the race that is set before us and, together with them, may receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
The preface and the sanctus are one of my favorite moments each week during service. They remind me that when I go to the Lord's Table each week I will experience the Holy presence of the Lord and I picture my friends, family and loved ones that have gone before me dining at the Lord's Table as well. My grandparents were very devout Lutheran's. It was the core of who they were. My Grandmother spent the last years of her life in a nursing home because of debilitating pain. Yet, no matter how miserable or out of it she was, she always spoke the Lord's prayer and the Luther prayers with a holy clarity of speech. When my Grandfather, a former pastor, was lying in the hospital bed during his last days he was too weak to get up and was barely coherent. However, when asked if he wanted supper he asked for the Lord's Supper. I miss them terribly but I know that each Sunday we are feasting together.
When we sing our hymns each Sunday, share the peace and share the Lord's Supper we are upholding those Holy traditions passed down through generations before us. We are worshipping not only with our friends present that day but with loved ones near and far and with all of the company of heaven. In honor of those who cannot be with us today our communion mediation music will be taken from hymns that were chosen last week for Adeline. If you have any particular hymns that you would like to hear that have special meaning to you that you'd like to hear during communion please let me know.
Think about it like this. God’s Spirit calls us together. God speaks to us through readings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, through preaching, prayer, and song. God feeds and nourishes us in a saving way. And God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
Taken together, the Word proclaimed and the sacraments -- both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion -- are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.” This is a way of saying that we trust that God is genuinely present with us in baptism, in preaching, and in sharing the bread and wine of Holy Communion. In that sense, Lutherans believe that God’s presence permeates all of Christian worship.
The cross is the central symbol that marks our worship spaces and when Lutherans worship, singing fills the air. The voices of all the people joined in song and the participation of all the people in the worship is a witness to our conviction that in worship we are being drawn in to God’s own saving story.
That is some powerful stuff! In order to help deepen your worship experience by allowing you time to meditate and focus during communion I will be playing a hymn 'mash-up' (Glee reference) from the balcony instead of leading you in a communion hymn. I will string together some of our favorite hymns as well as hymns recommended for that Sunday. Feel free to hum along!