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I don’t know what it is about the nature of the sung Word that has such a profound and lasting effect, but it is truly amazing. Many pastors recount visits with people struggling with dementia who while they might not even recognize the pastor, come to life and join in when he starts singing a part of the liturgy. The hymns and canticles they learned in their youth stay with them to this day.
I can be honest with all of you here and admit that I am intimidated by singing. I have a musical background, but it is all instrumental, not vocal. We have some very talented vocalists in our church and here at CPH. I am nervous to sing around them because they are all so good! Now imagine this trepidation taken into the home and teaching my children. To sing with them means that I have to lead. It means that when I’m off-pitch, we all notice it. It can be uncomfortable.
The Beauty in the Daily Offices
While I love all of the Divine Service settings that are offered in Lutheran Service Book, I have found the beauty of the Daily Offices to be unmatched. See what I’m talking about below:
I know for a lot of people the thought of singing with their family, in most situations acapella, is scary. I’m with you in this feeling. This feeling can lead a lot of us to stay away from singing together.
The truth, however, is that your kids don’t care if you sing off-pitch. They just like singing! More than just singing, they like singing with you.
So let me help you get over the hump and get started singing with your family.
The first thing to do is to practice each element of the Office. This doesn’t have to be formal, just time with your family learning the song. Once you and your family are starting to feel comfortable with the music, you can start incorporating the entire service in your devotional life at home.
I’ve included audio for every sung section of Evening Prayer below for your use. You can also order a CD from CPH with all of the Daily Offices here.
Service of Light
God’s blessings as you teach your children the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3 ESV
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