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Reformation Hymn Festival -- Tonight at 7:30!

Join us at Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim as we celebrate the Reformation with Scripture reading and song! 

Our Festival of Hymns will be held on Friday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. There will be readings from Scripture and the Reformed confessions, as well as  congregational singing accompanied by our choir, brass, and organ.  All are welcome to stay for dessert and fellowship after the Hymn Festival.  For directions, click on this link ( or call (714) 538-1057.

Reader Comments (14)

Well I guess not everyone in the URCNA or at WSCAL subscribes to the view that instruments should not be used in church or that uninspired hymns should not be sung in church. Or maybe this is different because it's not a Sunday service?
October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto

I think that God will love the brass instruments, because he has given those that play them the ability to do so for His Glory!!! It will add a lot to the hymns.

Pastor Kim may be a German, but he is not an old wineskin! Also, the hymns should be the only songs sung during the worship service on Sundays, and I love hymns more than any other music, but they are not "inspired" -- only the Word of God is inspired. (Unless the congregation is singing the Psalm of the day, which we do every Sunday.)
October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle
Just in time to enjoy the full meaning of the Reformation season -- the new Lutheran Study Bible is about to be shipped out.

Enjoy it. Many of us have been anxiously waiting for it for almost a year now. It is supposed to be even better than the Concordia Study Bible. And, it is in the ESV, which makes it even better.
October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle
Dr. Kim,

Are only psalms sung in your Church? Or do you all sing other hymns as well?
October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVenkatesh

We sing mostly Psalms (which is the principle song book of Christ's church) and only those hymns which are taken from the text of Scripture, or allude to it so clearly that the biblical text is readily identifiable.
October 27, 2009 | Registered CommenterKim Riddlebarger
Thank you. When I started reading about Reformed Theology, I came to know about the practice of singing the psalms. In India, as far as I know, Psalms are never sung, only recited some times. Its mainly "Praise and Worship"
October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVenkatesh
Dr. Pam is at it again with another great night of Hymns. I am looking forward to Friday night Hymn Fest.
October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiminator
The URCNA uses both hymns and instruments in worship. Metrical psalms are actually hymns based on the psalms because of necessary paraphrasing to fit the meter. As for the forbidding of instruments, there is an inconsistency in Reformed worship practice that might follow gnisticism more than Scripture. I said "might,,," Charlie PS, anglican chant is a good way to sing both psalms and the NT Canticles
October 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie
We have a huge Reformation service put on by the WELS churches in the Phoenix area this Sunday at the Arizona Lutheran Academy (ALA).

Even though there will be a lot of people, we will be partaking of the Lord's Supper!

Hope all of you have a great Reformation day!
October 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle

"As for the forbidding of instruments, there is an inconsistency in Reformed worship practice that might follow gnisticism more than Scripture."

Huh? How so? As I understand it, the Reformed tradition forbade instruments as an application of the regulative principle.
November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid R.
David: Yes, i do know that; however there is inconsistency! Inexplicably, kneeling was opposed by the more extreme Puritans even though the Psalms command it and no less than Saint Paul knelt in prayer. Use of musical instruments probably fits best in the area of adiaphora. "free to use or not use."
It also needs to be recognized that the extreme Puritans had an agenda: Thrash the Book of Common Prayer."
November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

I agree with you. The use of instruments is an adiaphora. Personally, I like pipe organ and a choir. I don't like contemporary music in the church. The use of various instruments can still be liturgical, and does not have to be a contemporary worship style. (Like we had at our Reformation service.)

But, Lutherans would not forbid the use of musical instruments, unless it was forbidden by Scripture (which it is not). As long as it was liturgical.
November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd I. Cadle
Luther on music in the church:

"A new miracle deserves a new song, thanksgiving, and preaching. The new miracle is that God through His Son has parted the real Red, Dead Sea and has redeemed us from the real Pharaoh, Satan. This is singing a new song, that is, the holy Gospel, and thanking God for it. God help us to do so. Amen.

The stringed instruments of the following psalms are to help in the singing of this new song; and Wolf Heinz and all pious, Christian musicians should let their singing and playing to the praise of the Father of all grace sound forth with joy from their organs and whatever other beloved musical instruments there are (recently invented and given by God), of which neither David nor Solomon, neither Persia, Greece, nor Rome knew anything. Amen"
November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd I. Cadle
do have hymns too?
December 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbe thou my vision

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