*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – September 23/26, 2018

Aug 25, 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.

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart   ELW 800, Stanza 2


I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,

no sudden rending of the veil of clay,

too angel visitant, no opening skies,

but take the dimness of my soul away.


George Croly’s hymn, written in the first person, is an intimate request for God to come into our hearts and change us from the inside out.  This stanza uses imagery from biblical accounts of revelation and interactions with the Spirit, but ultimately chooses a simple prayer, to which we can all relate, to ignite the light of Christ in our souls.


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