Children’s Hymns for Holy Week and Easter
There are many ways to teach children about Jesus, and music has been proven to be one way that is beneficial. Through the repetition of music, both in the melody and in the words themselves, children can easily pick up important theological themes and Bible stories. This makes for easy learning of complex topics students can build on as they grow older. Either at home or at school, consider these children’s hymns as an opportunity to guide children in worship during this sacred season of Holy Week and Easter.
Music of the Month: At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
Triumphant and upbeat, Sandra Eithun’s setting of “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” has limited bell changes and few rhythmic challenges, making it easy to prepare for developing ensembles. The LV passages, martellato, and varied dynamics add interest for the listener and help to encourage musicality in the ringers.
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”: From Lent to the Lord’s Supper
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” is a common hymn to hear during the season of Lent. As you anticipate singing this well-loved text, take time to find a deeper meaning by studying its history. Read about this hymn by Isaac Watts below to uncover how “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” originally had an additional meaning aligning with the Lord’s Supper.
Teaching Children about Lent through MusicTeaching students about Lent can seem daunting. As adults, we understand that this season encourages us to sit, reflect, and meditate on Jesus' ministry leading to His death on the cross, but what can this look like for students? Music and liturgy can be helpful ways to invite children to reflect on Christ's sacrifice for them. Use these ideas to help teach children about Lent at school or at home.
Music of the Month: Hymns Complete
John Behnke has begun a series for organists titled Hymns Complete, designed to accompany hymns as they are sung by congregations. Each volume contains introductions and accompaniments for specific stanzas of well-known hymns, according to their texts in Lutheran Service Book.
Whether you’re a church musician or pastor, you’ll sing for joy at these posts on sacred music and worship resources. Discover more about your favorite hymns and service planning resources from experts in church music.