“A Mighty Fortress is Our God:” The Sound of Christian Unity

After guest preaching recently, a gentleman came up to me. He was a Georgetown student during Vatican II. On that first Sunday after the liturgical reforms, he walked into his  Roman Catholic parish in Washington D.C. The Priest was facing him. The doors were opened, the organ began to play and the opening hymn was “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

On that Sunday morning, Christian unity had a melody, a hymn by Martin Luther. It was a sure, clear sound that something major had changed. The ecumenical movement has always been a renewal movement in the Church- and this extends to our worship life.  The reality is that we now sing one another’s hymn’s all the time, often without teaching about this gift of the ecumenical movement.

So on Friday 4/13 the Massachusetts Council of ChurchesBoston University School of Theology invite you to an evening program “United in Song,” featuring remarks by the Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr., Curator of Hymnological Collections and Adjunct Professor of Hymnology and music leadership by Br. Kevin Hackett, Society of St John the Evangelist. This is a private viewing of Boston University School of Theology Library’s extensive, historic hymnal collection, including a  Ainsworth’s 1612 psalter  (one of four in US libraries) that may have been brought to these shores on the Mayflower. More detail on the exhibit can be found here. We will also sing hymns and enjoy light refreshments.

Join us on Friday, April 13, 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Boston University Theology Library, 745 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Please register at the link here:http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3049127021  For more information, please call 617-523-2771 or email council@masscouncilofchurches.org

Published by RevEverett

I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ here in Boston. I serve as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. Cycliss, seamstress, my book is "Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels." NJ by birth, MA by choice. Opinions are my own. Love abounds.

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