Last Sunday was Father’s Day. It’s a day many of us get to celebrate with our families. I was fortunate enough to spend it with my family, my parents, and my brother and his family. During the Divine Service on Sunday, my brother’s pastor spent a small portion of time talking about the importance fathers have in the faith life of their families. He exhorted members of the congregation to fulfill their duties in the home of teaching their children the faith.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 ESV
We have spent a lot of time talking about the importance of Luther’s Small Catechism in teaching the faith to our children. We’ve also talked about great resources, like The Story Bible, to help teach the biblical narrative to your children. These resources are great teaching tools for you and your family.
The hymnal as a teaching tool?
When most of us think of learning about our faith, our minds wander to experiences in a confirmation class or in Sunday School. Using the hymnal, though? I would venture to say a lot of us have not thought of it as a teaching resource. For all of the praise Lutheran Service Book has received since its release in 2006, one of its most under-rated values is how well it can be used to help teach the faith to your family, in your home. Over the next several weeks, we will be talking about how to use the hymnal in your family’s faith life with some concrete examples for you to apply in your home.
We are looking forward to your feedback as these posts are released. God’s blessings as you teach your children the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).