*God’s Voice. Our Words: Singing the Songs of Faith – July 5/8, 2018

Jul 09, 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.

The Day Thou Gavest  ELW 569, Stanza 1

Tune:  ST. CLEMENT

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,

The darkness falls at thy behest;

To thee our morning hymns ascended,

Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

This beautifully structured and well-loved hymn by John Ellerton seems “to draw into itself the beginning and the end of things.’ (J.R. Watson, 1997).  Indeed, Paul Westermeyer points out that it moves fromGenesis (1:3 God give darkness and light) to Revelation (5:13, all creatures own God’s sway) with the faithful in between (Westermeyer, 2010: 406).

 

Acknowledgements:  Weekly hymn selections have been adapted from Singing the Songs of Faith: 52 Great Hymn Stanzas created in 2011 by Isobel Davies, Thatcher Lyman, Paul E. Shoop, and Jeremy Shoop.  The selection reflects their views and priorities and is a teaching tool in their settings.  The original resource is available in electronic form at  http://immanuelwebster.org/lutheran/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/52-Great-Hymns_web.pdf