The Use of the Means of Grace: A Statement on the Practice of Word and Sacrament
, Application A of Principle 11 states, “Music is a servant of the Gospel and a principal means of worshiping God in Lutheran churches. Congregational song gathers the whole people to proclaim God's mercy, to worship God, and to pray, in response to the readings of the day and in preparation for the Lord's Supper.”
Further explore the role of music and musicians in worship
by considering the principles about “Music in the Christian Assembly” in the Renewing Worship volume, Principles for Worship
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and connect to guilds and societies especially for church musicians.
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and connect to worship publishers.
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of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
God creates music as part of the whole creation and gives it to humankind to develop and shape.
- Principles for Worship, Principle M-1, “Music and the Christian Assembly”