Tonight the children of TSP sang at our Saturday evening liturgy. Wow! It was glorious to hear those young voices lift up and carry away the song. They did it repeatedly. Throughout the Divine Service, their voices rang out with clarity. And when they sang both during the Offering and the Distribution, what energy and joy. They KNEW their stuff and belted out it out with joy. For Distribution they sang: "From God the Father, Virgin Born." I haven't taught it yet to the parish as a whole, but the children already have it down pat.
Anyone who tells you that kids can't learn the Church's music and lead the liturgy is just full of bunk! Luther was right. We need to work on the children - and leave the boomers to their hopelessly trite and dated "contemporary" songs. The kids will long outlast them, singing:
From God the Father, Virgin-born,
To us the only Son came down
By death the font to consecrate
The faithful to regenerate!