Sound Theology by Colleen Butcher

Easter #6

Make a joyful noise! All the earth, make a joyful noise!

Easter is the season to make some noise. Not just any noise, but a joyful noise.

The energy of the resurrection is gaining momentum as we move toward Pentecost, and the joyful noise is echoing through these weeks. read more…

Easter #5

This week’s Easter Psalm is number 31, which reminds us of God’s stability: the Lord is a rock of refuge and a strong fortress. Martin Luther based his “mighty fortress” hymn on Psalm 46, but the themes in Psalm 31 echo and remind us of Luther’s composition. Written in about 1530, the hymn caught the imagination and voices of the early reformation across Europe, and was translated into English as early as 1539. In 1723, J. S. Bach incorporated the tune and lyric into his cantata for Reformation Day. Playlist #111 features works that include (but maybe disguise!) this familiar tune. Can you find it?   read more…

Easter #4

The 23rd Psalm is the familiarity of promises that we can sink into. The dark valley is never the end of the story, for a table awaits, along with the goodness and mercy that calls us to life everlasting. Our Easter journey this week leads us beside still waters and through enemy territory. But our future is secure because He is Risen. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah. read more…

Easter #3

Easter is a season for good reasons. If your church has already moved on, or back, or around to your “life as usual,” you’re doing it wrong. Everything is changed. Everything is different after the resurrection. The season of Easter reminds us, week by week, that nothing will ever be the same. Don’t move on…dig deep.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!! read more…

Easter 2

Sometimes, (riffing on the famously mis-quoted line made popular in the movie Amadeus), there are just too many words (notes!). For the season of Easter, Sound Theology will give you simply the Psalm for the day (from the Revised Common Lectionary), possibly a hymn verse or section of poetry, and the music.

There is so much remarkable music for the Easter Season, that we should take the time to soak it in.

Psalm 16:5-11 (The Message) read more…