Reformation Hymns for Hope and Comfort on All Saints’ Day

By Erica Tape on Oct 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Sola Scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide, solus Christus. Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone.

This Reformation teaching is especially poignant on All Saints’ Day, a day when many of us remember those who have gone before us in the faith. The solas teach us about the pure Gospel, and the Gospel gives us hope in the resurrection. As you rejoice in the Reformation, may you find comfort in the Gospel and share that comfort with others who may be mourning on All Saints’ Day.

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How Worship Rites Changed during the Reformation

By Peter Reske on Oct 16, 2018 3:15:00 PM

The Reformers sought not to overthrow existing church traditions but rather to bring them back to their pure states. As a result, the orders of worship Lutheran churches use today are strikingly similar to the ones Roman Catholic churches use. Here’s an overview of how worship changed during the Reformation, and why and how the Reformers did it. This post is adapted from Lutheranism 101: Worship by Thomas M. Winger.

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5 Notable Reformation Hymns That Aren’t “A Mighty Fortress”

By Peter Reske on Oct 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

It’s almost Reformation Day, and that means we get to enjoy hearing some of Lutheranism’s most famous hymns. (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” I’m looking at you!) If you’re looking for some additional Reformation-related hymns to use around this time, consider using the ones mentioned below. We selected most of these by using the hymn search tool in Lutheran Service Builder with the keyword “Reformation.”

We also have created social media graphics with quotes from the selected hymns, and they are all shown below. At the end of the post, you can download the graphics for free and use them on your church’s social media accounts.

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Product of the Month: Luther’s Morning Prayer and Luther’s Evening Prayer

By Mark Knickelbein on Oct 3, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Scripture teaches us to bring our needs daily to our Heavenly Father in Christ’s name. To help families and children understand this important truth, Martin Luther wrote two short prayers for individuals and families to use in the morning and evening before going to sleep. Now the simplicity and devotion of Luther’s Morning Prayer and its companion, Luther’s Evening Prayer, have been put to music by John A. Behnke.

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Words to Look for in Luther’s Hymns

By Anna Johnson on Oct 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Just as it was in Luther’s day, music is still a powerful tool the Church can use to convey the importance of Christ’s saving name. Luther’s words have greatly shaped our theology and hymnody over the centuries, and they will likely continue to do so for the next half millennium. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most commonly used words in Luther’s hymns according to the English translations in The Hymns of Martin Luther.

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The Rise of Hymnody During the Reformation

By Rachel Gonzalez on Oct 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This excerpt is taken from Christian Art: Its Place and Use in Lutheran Worship by Paul E. Kretzmann.

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The Six Catechetical Hymns of Martin Luther

By Peter Reske on Oct 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

This post is taken from The Hymns of Martin Luther, with historical summaries authored by Henry V. Gerike and edited by Peter C. Reske.

Music can be a powerful teaching tool, and Luther knew that well. By teaching his parishioners hymns about the Ten Commandments or the persons of the Trinity, he could reinforce Christianity’s essential teachings in a memorable and moving way. Learn about his six catechetical hymns below, and at the end of the post, you can download a set of devotions based on the hymns.

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Lesser-Known Tidbits about Favorite Reformation Hymns

By Peter Reske on Aug 22, 2017 4:30:00 PM

What’s the legend behind the tune for “Thy Strong Word”? What influenced the writing of “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast”? Learn these tidbits and more about some of the most well-known Reformation hymns.

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