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We have friends who are pastors and friends from college, friends from work and friends at church. But this month, in the Rev. Wilfred Karsten’s “My Friend, My Hymnal,” you’ll also find that you have a friend you didn’t even know you had: your hymnal. Filled with psalms that comfort, hymns that teach and prayers that give voice to all our fears, the hymnal can be one of our dearest friends in the midst of life’s craziness and its chaos.

Dr. Elizabeth Grimpo talks to high school and college students in “Who We Are” about the joy of committing God’s Word to heart via song, and the Rev. Stephen Rosebrock’s “Lift Up Their Voices” offers help to teachers, parents and pastors on how to help little Lutherans sing of God’s grace with gusto.

In “Our Singing Identity,” the Rev. Richard Resch explains why we can sometimes feel a little awkward singing, especially in church, and how effectively to leave that worry at the door. In “Feeding Us,” LCMS International Center Chaplain and Director of Worship the Rev. William Weedon underscores the obvious but often forgotten: the liturgy is Scripture set to music!

In “How to Write a Hymn,” hymn writer the Rev. Stephen Starke walks us through the not-as-easy-as-it-sounds challenge of writing a hymn that weds text and tune while keeping Christ and His cross at the center. “Reclaiming a Legacy” by Philip Magness explains why J. S. Bach’s music is more helpful today than ever, and Paul Soulek’s “Tunes, Metronomes and Choir Directors: Oh My!” answers all the questions you didn’t even know you had for a church musician.

We have friends who are pastors and friends from college, friends from work and friends at church. But we also have God’s Word set to song, where He provides us with a peace that passes all understanding. And if you ask me, that’s better than any friend you might have, on Facebook or in real life!

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Adriane Heins, Managing Editor

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adriane.heins@lcms.org

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