*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – January 28, 2018

Jan 27, 2018

“I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music…”    Martin Luther, in a letter (1530) to Catholic composer, Ludwig Senfl

Hymns are often the first way we learn to give voice to our faith as children, and even those who are not great singers have favorite hymns that they know by heart.  You are invited to reflect on this stanza in the week ahead.  Use it for prayer, meditation, or in daily devotion.  Our prayer and hope is that these hymn stanzas will lift and deepen your faith and encourage your living of that faith in daily works of love and acts of mercy.

 

Christ, Be Our Light,  ELW 715, stanza 5

TUNE:  CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT

Many the gifts, many the people,

many the hearts that yearn to belong.

Let us be servants to one another,

signs of your kingdom come.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

 

The hymn by Bernadette Farrell uses 2 Corinthians 4:6 as the basis for its refrain:  For it is God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  The first four stanzas express longing for the signs God’s kingdom, while this fifth stanza names us with our many gifts as the signs of the kingdom.  In a similar way, the tune progresses from a lower E minor in the verses to a higher G major in the refrain, emphasizing the transforming effect of Christ’s light in our lives.