The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


September 11, 2008

Celebrate with song

There are anniversaries of all sorts. Most of them are joyful, when celebrating the anniversary of marriage or ordination or service to a job. Some are also tragic (like today, Sept. 11) or just plain sad, when it’s the anniversary of the death of a loved one.

And of course, there are many ways to mark an anniversary. At “The Lutheran” we frequently receive photos and “news items” (I use that term loosely) about the creative ways in which anniversaries have been observed.

Today, I want to tell you about how Gerald and Delores Mueller observed their 50 years of marriage. On Aug. 31 at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Dillon, Colo., family and friends gathered to sing with them. Their son, Craig (my pastor and friend) told me their first list of hymns for this family hymn festival started with 100. In the end, it included 33 hymns (mostly one or two stanzas).

I read the over list and have been humming hymns since. What a great way to celebrate such lasting love for one another—to sing with family and friends the hymns that have sustained you through the years. I bet you, too, have your own list--even if it's not written down. Here are some from Gerald and Delores, just to get you thinking and humming:

“Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” “When in Our Music God is Glorified,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “Abide with Me,” “Children of the Heavenly Father,” “Thy Holy Wings,” “Go, My Children with My Blessing,” “Lord of All Hopefulness” and “O Perfect Love” (sung at their wedding on Aug. 23, 1958).

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