One who sings, prays twice. If this saying of St. Augustine is true, Lutherans fill the heavens with prayer.
From its beginnings Lutherans have had 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 Messe, 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. worship at First Lutheran is a musically rich experience.
For those who like to sing, we do have a festival choir that conveins for special occassions. .