Lutherans have a strong tradition of singing our praises through music and song. Early great Lutheran composers and musicians such as Michael Praetorius, Dieterich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach set the bar high for excellence both musically and as an expression of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus, the Christ. Congregational singing using popular tunes started with Martin Luther used in his Deutsche Masse, a Eucharistic service in the language of the people (German in his case) rather than Latin.
Today, in the spirit of the Reformation, we continue to sing strongly with our voices and/or our hearts (one needs not be a singer to experience the power of song) as we gather together for worship. Both traditional song, and, much like Luther did, new songs utilizing the rich diversity of music that we experience today. Under the able leadership of our music director, John Read, who is comfortable and versant in both new song and traditional music, on both piano and organ, worship at First Lutheran is a rich experience.
For those who like to sing, our choir sings most every Sunday at the 8:30 am service or the 9:30 service in the Summer.
On occasion, we like to take our music ministry on the road for good fellowship and song with “Beer and Hymns” at local establishments.