Hymns are that aspect of worship that we tend not to think too much about until we hear something we don’t like. The hymnody series in Adult Forum examines the theological, historical, cultural, and sociological significance of hymns in worship. Yes, that’s a mouthful, but Bob Schneider makes it all relevant. You owe it to yourself to come hear about this stealth aspect of worship.
Did you know that St. Francis of Assisi encouraged the singing of spiritual songs with simple melodies and in vernacular language (not Latin)?
Did you know that Palestrina had to promise the Council of Trent in the 1500’s that he would make his music less complicated?
Did you know that Martin Luther and other Protestant leaders saw vernacular congregational singing as an essential manifestation of the “priesthood of all believers”?
Bob Schneider puts the use of hymns and the text of hymns in context for us and opens up our understanding of why we worship the way we do. Catch his final Adult Forum session this Sunday, October 9 at 10 am in the social hall.