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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Reformation Sunday

Written By Ryan Egan on 10/24/2013 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

This Sunday is Reformation Sunday, a time to celebrate and remember the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, where a hunger for God's Word and a renewed understanding of Christ alone, Scripture alone, and Grace alone was prevalent. We will be singing a couple of fantastic hymns familiar in the Lutheran church as well as songs celebrating God's grace and His continued faithfulness throughout all generations.

Songs We Will Be Singing This Sunday

The Church's One Foundation, by Samuel J. Stone

This great hymn came out of a call to ground the church theologically in the mid-nineteenth century in response to criticisms of the Christian faith. This hymn is based on the ninth article of the Apostles' Creed, "the holy catholic (Christian) church, the communion of saints." A call for unity in the church, rooted in Jesus, through baptism and the Word of God, this great hymn serves to bring the church together through accurate teaching of orthodox Christian faith. You can listen to a recording of the song using Spotify below (you might need to download and install Spotify if you don't use it already. Note - Spotify's player has mislabled the composer - the hymn is NOT written by Bach).

A Mighty Fortress is our God, by Martin Luther

This great, truly Lutheran hymn (text and tune written by Martin Luther himself), which many consider the "battle hymn of the reformation" is based on Psalm 46. The four stanzas declare God as our fortress (v1), Jesus as one who fights for us (v2), power over the devil (v3), and the everlasting truth of God (v4). The words from the fourth stanza make a great confession of faith:

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also. The body they may kill, God's truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever.

Listen to a recording of this song below.

Grace Greater Than Our Sin, by Julia H. Johnston

One of the five fundamental beliefs of the Reformation was "by grace alone." This great hymn outlines several attributes of God's grace "that will pardon and cleanse within." What great news that this grace is "greater than all our sin!" Listen to a recording of the song below:

O God, Our Help in Ages Past, by Isaac Watts

This hymn, written by the prolific Isaac Watts, is a paraphrase of Psalm 90. God, indeed, has been "our dwelling place in all generations." Listen to a version on Spotify below (you might need to download and install Spotify if you don't use it already).

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Ryan serves as Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Living Word. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father of three, worshiper and creative.

Worship: Sundays at 9:00 AM | Christian Education: 10:30 AM