*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – May 27, 2018May 27, 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.
Come Join the Dance of Trinity ELW 412, Stanza 1
Come, join the dance of Trinity,
before all worlds begun
the interweaving of the Three,
the Father, Spirit, Son.
The universe of space and time
did not arise by chance,
but as the Three, in love and hope
made room within their dance.
Set to an English folk tune, Richard Leach’s text takes a very poetic approach to explain the Trinity. Leach takes one of the hardest concepts for most Christians to understand and portrays the three in one as a dance with all three woven together. Stanza one (above) refers to the three in one at the beginning of creation, as seen in Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31. Stanza two explains that the dance of the Trinity has been given flesh as Christ, who was born in Bethlehem and died for our sins on a cross. However, when death tried to “confine the dance, God rolled away the stone.” Stanza three refers to the Holy Spirit’s role in the Trinity. Finally, stanza four serves as a song of praise to the Trinity as one being.
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