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Music in Worship
New Hope Lutheran Church:
Exploring the rich Musical Heritage of the Lutheran Church
Empowering individuals to share their gifts...
Inspiring devotion through music and the arts.
New Hope Lutheran Church is a special place. From its beginning New Hope has valued the varied and wonderful gifts of its individual members and used those gifts to enrich and magnify worship. A deep love of music and art is foundational to our congregation and we seek every opportunity to use them to enhance the ability of others to experience the timeless constancy of God's grace.
"A deep love of music and art is foundational to our congregation and we seek every opportunity to use them to enhance the ability of others to experience the timeless constancy of God's grace."
New Hope Lutheran Church recognizes the enduring value of liturgical worship and the connection it gives us with two millenia of Christian believers. As Lutherans we embrace the rich musical tradition that began with Martin Luther and has continued to this very day as talented and dedicated musicians have turned the focus of their craft to the divine. New Hope is dedicated to the enrichment of its members through musical and artistic activities, whereby they can grow in their ability and deepen their understanding of their faith by exploring thier craft. Luther himself was a great advocate of musical education in the parish for members of all ages from pre-school through late adulthood and we strive to offer similar opportunities to our guest and members.
"Worship at New Hope is warm and inviting, substantial and meaningful,
and concludes with communion every Sunday."
Embracing tradition, liturgical worship practice, and the Lutheran Tradition need not mean that we only sing music from J.S. Bach and before or that we only sing German Chorals in worship. New Hope expresses its commitment to its Lutheran heritage by using the best that we and the faith community at large have to offer: the most effective music, the most thoughtful poetry, and the most substantial theology, of any style, as it relates to the world around us. That is to say, We use the best of music in the frame in which it was intended. A German Choral is sung (in english, of course) in the fashion that it was intended. A jazz inspired hymn is accompanied with a jazz ensemble. A work written for piano and chorus is performed that way. A praise chorus is accompanied by an ensemble that suites its musical frame of referemce. The only prohibitions at New Hope stem from an examination of musical quality and appropriateness for congregational singing, spiritual relevance, and theological content. By embracing the best of our multifaceted, rich traditions, we create a worship experience that inspires devotion and grounds us in the enduring presence of Christ in the world.