*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – January 21, 2018

Jan 21, 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.

 

We Are Called  ELW 720, stanza 1

TUNE:  WE ARE CALLED

Come!  Live in the Light!

Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!

We are called to be light for the kingdom.

to live in the freedom of the city of God.

We are called to act with justice,

we are called to love tenderly;

we are called to serve one another,

to walk humbly with God.

 

The first stanza of this hymn by David Haas recalls Matthew 5: 16:  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.  The refrain is a paraphrase of Micah 6: 8: He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  As we hear the stories of Jesus calling his disciples to follow him, this hymn reminds us of our call to live as Christians throughout our lives.