As we near the end of our series on the book of Philippians we turn our attention to what is next. One of my favorite sentiments within the Christian tradition is the first statement of the Westminster Confession of Faith, which reads, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” I love the richness and truth contained in such a compact declaration. While we will be doing these things for all of eternity, we have opportunity to do so today as well. We, of course, glorify God through our loving action for those around us but we also glorify Him by raising our voices in songs of praise. We lift our voices in praise through many different types of music, and in hymns we find some of the best examples.
With that in mind, beginning Sunday, February 24, we will be unpacking the theology of some of the church’s greatest hymns. Each week, I will take a classic hymn and show from where the songwriter drew their scriptural inspiration. Then when the message ends, we as a congregation will join together in singing the hymn. My hope is that through this process of exploration our whole body might be encouraged and edified as we sing words of truth that are already dear to many of our members.
The series will begin with what is perhaps the most appropriate song to begin a sermon series on hymns, Amazing Grace. From there I will touch on some broad themes of our faith as we work towards the arrival of the events surrounding Easter. I look forward to spending these next months with all of you, celebrating our wonderful traditions and reminding all of us that it is not simply the sound of the music but also the truth the music contains that offers us encouragement and endurance.