*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – June 10, 2018Jun 08, 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.
Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether ELW 470, stanza 1
Tune: UNION SEMINARY
Draw Us in the Spirit’s tether,
for when humbly in your name
two or three are met together,
You are in the midst of them.
Touch we now your garment’s hem.
The hymn by Percy Dearner connects two passages from the Gospel of Matthew that seem to point to the simplicity of prayer. The first is the promise of Jesus’ presence from Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” The second, from Matthew 14:35-36, reassures us that with enough faith, simply to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment can be enough to answer prayers for healing: “After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.”
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