According to Martin Luther our purpose of singing each Sunday is to let the word of God dwell with the people. Luther played a central and pivotal role in incorporating congregational singing. Music had always been a part of worship but, prior to the Reformation, the majority of the singing was done by the clergy and the congregation was limited to singing only "kyrie eleison" (Lord have mercy) at key moments during the service. (No Favorite Hymn Sing Sunday-can you imagine???) In addition, the service was spoken and sung in Latin by the priests and not spoken or understood by the congregants. Luther was adamant that congregants be able to understand and fully participate in the service. He translated the Bible into German, allowing congregants to understand the scriptures. This also was the beginning of the movement of congregational singing. This tradition passed down through generations. As together we sing out to the glory of God, we become actively involved in the worship, our differences dissolve and there is unity in the congregation. Just think-by singing loudly and with joy each Sunday-we are serving our church and neighbors in a bold way. In our anthem today we hear the wonderful words, "All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing Alleluia!"