Lutheran Music begins with one fundamental premice: “Our Lord speaks and we listen!”
In fact, if you want to summarize what Lutheran worship is all about (hymns, liturgy, symbols, traditions, etc.), it is certainly good and right to simply say: “Our Lord speaks and we listen!”
Lutheran Music has one primary goal, and this is to teach the people about Jesus. And the great thing we learn when we read Scripture is that “God’s Word does what it says.” Lutheran Music is more than some academic thing where people just memorize words and recite them back. We believe that “God’s Word does what it says” by creating faith in the hearts of the worshipers, not only through the preaching of God’s Word, but also through the singing of hymns and responsive chanting.
Believe it or not, this is a GOOD thing!
You may find, in some of the more fancy, large, emotionally-focused churches a notion of having to “make the Spirit move”. They’ll choose music and settings specifically to muster up emotional responses from the masses, even (and especially) if such music and settings lack good teaching. What this necessarily results in is a very emotionally uplifted crowd but with nothing to fill their hearts and minds – no “good news” no Scripture, no Word, and thus, NO HOLY SPIRIT. What they have instead is emotional rises and falls, lack of faith, insecurity, and a muscial drug where, just to feel good again, they need to come back for another hit.
And all of just, just to be “attractional” at the expense of confessional, at the expense of God’s Word, at the expense of true worship.
Since the late 60’s Hope has utilized a small Allen oscillator organ. While this organ served her purpose for over 50 years, God has recently blessed Hope with a much newer (but still used) Rodger’s organ.
This two manual organ was acquired thanks to the love and grace of a lutheran church in Georgia who was looking for a church in need. In 2016, the Rodger’s organ was donated to Hope and installed with a brand new sound system.
ORGAN MODEL: Rodger’s Cambridge 220-II Classical Organ
|Great Manual||Swell Manual||Pedal||General|
|16’ Flute Conique
8’ Flute Celeste II
1 1/3’ Larigot
8’ Gohl Flute
|32’ Contra Violone
16’ Lieblich Gedeckt
8’ Trompette (sw)
4’ Trompette (sw)
Great to Great 4’
Swell to Swell 16’
Great to Pedal 8’
Four Swell Preset Pistons
A new sound system was purchased for the organ. While several Rodger’s amplifiers were included with the organ, most were not functional and no speakers were included. A professional sound system along with two speakers was installed in the Sanctuary which provides not only a beautiful sound from the organ, but will provide future upgrades as well.
Hope Lutheran Church
4800 Montevallo Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35210
P: (205) 956-1930
A Member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS)
"Connecting People to Jesus
Word and Sacrament Ministry"
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Created by Pastor Dan Carlson