The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Linking sense & sound

Our hymns may shape us far more than our creeds and confessions

Singing is not a sacrament, nor is the ability to carry a tune a requirement for confirmation. But Lutherans are people who sing. We have a rich musical heritage that is central to our corporate worship--and thus to our individual spirituality.

Certainly, Lutherans are not the only ones with hymnbooks, instruments and choirs. Our current hymnals include tunes and texts older than Lutheranism, and they draw upon riches from other churches. This sharing across time and between groups expands our repertoire and enriches us all. Yet, into this mix Lutherans bring distinctive traditions to share.

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