The arts are an integral dimension of Christian worship, playing a critical role in grounding worship in a specific time, location, and context. A Lutheran understanding of the arts in worship sees them assisting in proclaiming the word in the assembly. Of all the arts, music has historically played an especially prominent role in Lutheran worship. Music invites the participation of the assembly, supporting and enlivening its voice. Singing together helps make the gathering people into the assembly.
It is not you that sing, it is the church that is singing, and you, as a member of it, may share in its song.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Life Together
Music is a part of nearly every time we worship at Trinity. Led by the Cantor – the chief singer or musician of the congregation – our musical life includes music from many times and places, led by instruments including two pipe organs, and various choirs. All of these instruments and voices primary responsibility are to lead the assembly in songs, hymns, and Psalms, all to guide and shape our prayer, praise, and proclamation. In addition to this important communal song, the choirs and instruments also sing and play on behalf of the assembly in worship, such as instrumental preludes and postludes, and choir selections in worship.
At Trinity, we also celebrate and share music with the community in the Music at Trinity series of concerts and events.
God creates music as part of the whole creation and gives it to humankind to develop and shape. It is therefore very fitting that music has such an important and delightful place in the worship of God, and in the life of the church.
From the beginning of the world music has been instilled and implanted in all creatures, individually and collectively. For nothing is without sound and harmony….Let this noble, wholesome, and cheerful creation of God be commended to you…. At the same time you may by this creation accustom yourself to recognize and praise the Creator.
Martin Luther, Preface to Georg Rhau’s Symphoniae iucundae
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In the gospel reading for this coming Sunday, Jesus says several surprising things: that he has come to bring, not peace, but a sword; and that followers must love him more than they love their own family members. Come to worship to meditate on what these sayings might mean, and at the table, be strengthened to live the surprising life of the Christian.Readings: (click readings to view)