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How many WELS churches in the United States are still using the (1941) Lutheran Hymnal vs. the Christian Worship hymnal? And why would they continue to use it even when it seems the rest of the synod has switched over to Christian Worship? They have all the new handouts from the synod, yet the service is from 1940s. Please explain. Thanks for your time and knowledge. Answer: The most common estimates are that 95% of WELS congregations are using Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal. That translates into roughly 1,208 of our synod’s 1,272 congregations using the hymnal. That is a pretty remarkable number. Why aren’t 100% of our congregations using the hymnal? The short answer is “Christian freedom.” While “synod” means “walking together,” “synod” does not mean compelling people or congregations to walk together as one in an area where there no divine command to do so. A hymnal is one such area. Congregations are free to make these kinds of decisions on their own. Certainly, there are many advantages when congregations use the same hymnal, but each congregation makes that decision. Those congregations that are not utilizing Christian Worship may be doing so based on the demographics of their congregation, the culture of the congregation, or any number of other reasons. As a synod, we do walk together in recognizing that hymnals assist us to “Sing to the glory of his name; offer him glory and praise!” (Psalm 66:2)Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.
Hello! Are the Prophets now Saints? In advance, thank you! Answer: Yes – and the prophets, like all followers of the promised Savior Jesus Christ, were saints while they lived on earth. People who are joined together in faith with the Savior enjoy forgiveness for all their sins and are holy in the sight of God (1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Peter 2:9). In the beginning of his inspired letters the apostle Paul regularly reminded his readers that they were saints because of God’s working in their hearts (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2). Speaking the Apostles’ Creed is a regular reminder that we Christians are saints (“the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints”). Saints Triumphant Sunday on the church calendar provides a special opportunity to thank God for fulfilling all his promises of eternal life to his children who died in the faith. We Christians who live on earth have the assurance that we are saints in God’s eyes, and we confidently await the time when we too will be in his presence to praise him forevermore (Revelation 7).Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.
Pastor Timothy J. Winkel
2651 Shettler Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
Telephone: 231 777 3011