Holy Week is almost upon us! May God use that week to help you reflect on His great love for you, shown in the sacrifice of His Son to earn your salvation. Listen to the pieces below as part of your daily devotions during Holy Week, and encourage your members to use them in the same way. You can also use these pieces if you are still making last-minute additions to your worship music.
As the recently arrived Lent spurs Christians to reflect on their mortality and sinfulness, to give up vices, and to contemplate the suffering of Christ, we begin looking forward with great eagerness to Easter. While Lent may be a beautiful and necessary part of the Church Year, the solemnity of this time can sometimes turn discouraging. This year, I have turned to Paul Gerhardt’s text of “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” (LSB 438) to seek comfort, assurance, and confidence in the hope of the resurrection.
The Church’s hymns are filled with rich and beautiful texts that provide congregations the opportunity to put words of Scripture to song. This Lenten season, we invite you to join us in our 2018 Lenten reading plan. Each day, we’ll focus on a new hymn stanza and the associated Scripture reading that inspired it.
Lent begins in less than one month! If you’re looking for some special music to incorporate into your repertoire this season, here are some of our recently added Lenten selections to check out.
Just a few short days ago, we proclaimed our loud Hosannas, remembering the day our Lord made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As we continue through Holy Week, we’re offering you free resources to help you and your church’s members reflect on the significance of these holidays. We’ve compiled a free online Lutheran Calendar and free devotional readings, social media graphics, and hymn videos that you can share or use individually.
We know we’re not supposed to play favorites, but when we’re surrounded by so much excellent music all day, it’s hard not to! We interviewed the members of the CPH Music team to learn what their favorite Holy Week hymns are. Read about them here, then head to our Facebook page to tell us about your favorites.
With Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter services to prepare for, this can be a very busy time of the year for church musicians! If you're still looking for a few more pieces to incorporate into your Lenten repertoire, we've curated a quick list for you.
When I was in high school, I learned about the practice of giving something up for the Lenten season. Lately, I’ve picked up the practice of giving up time—by reading something in forty days that will take some dedication and sacrifice. This Lent, join me in learning forty hymns from Lutheran Service Book.
To help you with this process, we’ve developed a downloadable reading guide with hymn suggestions for each day in Lent.