*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – April 15, 2018

Apr 16, 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 Has Arisen, Alleluia   ELW 364, stanza 4


“Go spread the news; he’s not in the grave.

He has arisen this world to save.

Jesus’ redeeming labors are done,

Even the battle with sin is won.”

Let us sing praise to him with endless joy.

Death’s fearful sting he has come to destroy

Our sin forgiving, alleluia!

Jesus is living, alleluia!

Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia is a 20th century hymn written by Tanzanian seminarian Bernard Kyamanywa.  Paul Westermeyer (2010, p 174) says, “What we have here is an announcement of Christ’s resurrection with a narrative about it in five stanzas followed by an exuberant congregational refrain.”  The stanza used here reminds us of our part in the Easter story.  We are going to go out into the world and proclaim, “He’s not in the grave!”


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