*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Hymns of Faith – April 29, 2018

Apr 28, 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.

Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!  ELW 377, stanza 5


City of God, Easter forever,

golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb,

river of life, saints and archangels,

sing with creation to God the I AM!

Jesus is risen and we shall arise.  Give God the glory!  Alleluia!

The text of this hymn is interesting; as in other texts by Herbert F. Brokering, it is a stream of consciousness.  Many phrases express various themes of the Easter story, such as trumpets, light, splendor, Lamb, the emmaus road, eyes opened, shouts of Alleluia, and eternal life in paradise.  Stanza five contains themes from Revelation with references to the saints and angels singing never-ending praises to God.  Combined with a tune that is simply fun to sing and a beautiful poetic text, Brokering’s hymn is a rather festive way to celebrate our risen Lord.


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