Song of the Church

In his book Life Together, written while he was teaching at an underground seminary in Nazi Germany,  pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer expressed his belief that community is not something to be taken for granted, but an outgrowth of a church that is a “living and vibrant organism”.  An important part of forming community for him was singing together, and he wrote:

Why do Christians sing when they are together? The reason is quite, simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same Word at the same time; in other words, because here they can unite in the Word….The more we sing, the more joy will we derive from it, but above all, the more devotion and discipline and joy we put into our singing, the richer will be the blessing that will come to the whole life of the fellowship from singing together.

It is the voice of the Church that is heard in singing together. It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the Church, may share in its song. Thus singing together…helps us willingly and gladly to join our singing, be it feeble or good, to the song of the Church.

We may not agree with every word we are singing, and may not necessarily like the tempo or tune, but, as with the Creeds we profess, what matters most is that we are lifting our voices in praise, together.

 

 

 

In his book Life Together, written while he was teaching at an underground seminary in Nazi Germany,  pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer expressed his belief that community is not something to be taken for granted, but an outgrowth of a church that is a “living and vibrant organism”. An important part of forming community for him was singing together, and he wrote:

Why do Christians sing when they are together? The reason is quite, simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same Word at the same time; in other words, because here they can unite in the Word….The more we sing, the more joy will we derive from it, but above all, the more devotion and discipline and joy we put into our singing, the richer will be the blessing that will come to the whole life of the fellowship from singing together.

It is the voice of the Church that is heard in singing together. It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the Church, may share in its song. Thus singing together…helps us willingly and gladly to join our singing, be it feeble or good, to the song of the Church.

We may not agree with every word we are singing, and may not necessarily like the tempo or tune, but as with the Creeds we profess, what matters most is that we are lifting our voices in praise, together.

 

 

 

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