*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – June 28/July 1Jun 30, 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.
Great God, Your Love Has Called Us Here ELW 358, Stanza 1
Great God, your love has called us here,
as we, by love, for love were made.
Your living likeness still we bear,
though marred, dishonored, disobeyed.
We come, with all our heart and mind
your call to hear, your love to find.
Brian Wren, a prolific living hymn writer, wrote the hymn in April 1973. A connecting thread in Wren’s hymns is a voice of inclusivity and inclusive language. He is passionate about congregational song and has written extensively on the subject. This hymn beautifully displays Wren’s ability to bring the love and earthly life of Jesus into the troubles of our time, humbling us in the process.
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