Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?
Did you hear the mountains tremble? Did you hear the oceans roar? No, I’m not talking about the popular song; I’m talking about the new WELS “Christian Worship Hymnal Supplement.” We had the introductory workshop at our church on 11/22 and it was so exciting, refreshing and invigorating to see excitement about new music. The new supplement has four songs by the contemporary songwriting team of Keith Getty and Stuart Townwend as well as several other contemporary pieces including “There is a Redeemer” and “What is this Bread?” For me, it was too good to be true and it was prayers answered to see two of our Pastors excited about some songwriters who are still alive and who write music that’s meant for piano/guitar/Praise band. And its not just these two guys, it’s spreading throughout the WELS. “In Christ Alone” is taking the WELS by storm. See what Pastor Johnold Strey is saying about it here:
and Jeremiah Gumm here:
And finally, I posted about this song here:
There is a renewed energy in the air and the amazing thing is that this is only the beginning. There are other songwriters out there today that are being inspired by God to write Christ-centered, Biblical, God Exalting, Christ Glorifying, Edifying music for the church. Graham Kendrick, Twila Paris, Michael Card, Bob Kauflin, Steve Altrogge, Steve & Vicki Cook and Dan Schutte are a few; but there are many others.
If you are a WELS Pastor reading this BLOG you need to consider jumping on this train because it’s bound for glory and Christ’s kingdom will benefit.
Special thanks go to Pastors Paul Meier and Tom Mielke for a job well done and for sharing the excitment.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. – Col 3:16