The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Traditional & familiar

Let's be open to being family

I have been Lutheran since 1969. A transplanted "CongreMethodTyrian," I have experienced many worship styles and traditions. Surveys about worship offer wide opinions and this is healthy. However, the words traditional and familiar are controversial in choosing music for worship.

As an example, my family opens presents on Christmas Day after a night of worship. The Sanchez family waits until Las Posadas, Jan. 6, for their gift giving. The Smiths exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, then attend Christmas Day service. Each family has its own tradition, and none is wrong. The reason for the season is still there.

As you sit next to that new person on Sunday, what hymns and traditions are familiar to her? (The entire Zimbabwe song collection is familiar to me.)

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