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Article  Article
  • Author: Paul Westermeyer is a Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary.
  • Updated: 12/01/2015
  • Copyright: A joint project by Center for Lifelong Learning and Stewardship in the 21st Century, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

What the church does at worship is not fundamentally about music.  Music may figure quite heavily in worship, but music is not the central thing. The central thing at worship is God meeting the people.  If music gets in the way of that encounter, it has overstepped its bounds and tried to take the place of God.  We call this idolatry.  Part of the musician's stewarding role is to guard against this danger.

The author then proceeds to identify musics proper role in worship.

Article  Article
  • Author: Paul Westermeyer is a Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary.
  • Updated: 12/01/2015
  • Copyright: A joint project by Center for Lifelong Learning and Stewardship in the 21st Century, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

"This is a point at which the musician faces one of the church's most acute temptations, namely, to think the prayer or the sacrifice -- in this case the musical sacrifice -- has merit and can gain favor with God. . . But no matter what we bring or how well or poorly we bring it . . . our goodness or lack of goodness cannot get us into God's presence.  God chooses to come to us.  We are so curved in on ourselves that we cannot even choose God, let alone do anything worthy of God's presence no matter how good we think it is.  And just here is yet another amazing thing.  God turns everything around and graces us.  We speak and sing poor human words, but God turns them around and gives us the Word.  We bring our bread and wine, but God turns them around and gives us Christ's body and blood.  It appears that worship is our giving.  God freely turns it into our receiving."

Bible Study  Bible Study
  • Author: Dr. Walter Sundberg Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Updated: 12/01/2015
  • Copyright: Joint Project: Centered Life Learning and Stewardship in the 21st Century, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

This bible study is the first of three prepared by Dr. Sundberg for adult studies in a variety of congregational settings. Each lesson includes a presentation that may be reproduced and distributed among participants.  

Dr. Sundberg writes: "From the beginning of the church, the necessity, the reality of raising funds for mission has been a difficult, controversial, fellowship-threatening matter, as divisive as doctrinal controversies, but even more insidious. We need to know and take comfort in the fact if a stewardship campaign becomes a messy business in our congregations we are in the best of company."

Click on the following links for the other sessions:

Session two: In Search of the Cheerful Giver

Session three: Upbuilding the Saints: An Address on Stewardship to the Members of First Lutheran

Bible Study  Bible Study
  • Author: Mark Vincent is the Lead Partner, Design for Ministry
  • Updated: 05/16/2014
  • Copyright: THE Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Alban Institute funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

This Seven-Lesson Curriculum offers a new starting point, suggesting that neither method nor resource will make a difference until you begin with your own relationship and beliefs about money, connecting money with faith. The curriculum expands to include congregational economics, connecting the congregation's mission, vision and goals with funding. It provides sound principles for congregational money management.

Happening  Happening
  • Author: Mary Ann Solmonson Mary Ann was a pastor's wife, who remembers seminary days, happenings in congregations, seminary interns and life after the death of her husband.
  • Updated: 07/15/2013
  • Copyright: Mary Ann Solmonson

This is a thanksgiving devotional.

Mary Ann shares stories on how her connection with the Luther Seminary over a span of many years has brought her many blessings. These blessings were made possible by the generosity of people who give.

Mary Ann was a pastors wife remembers seminary days, happenings in congregations, seminary interns and life after the death of her husband.