Theology Reflected in Hymns that are Chosen

Here’s a good way to determine where you are at on the doctrine of the Ministry: What hymns do you choose for a text like Luke 5:1-11 (Calling of the First Disciples)? For me, the calling of the first disciples is all about the Institution of the Office of the Ministry. So hymns are all on the Preaching Office (well, two of them are, since there are only two in LSB, and one has to be from another section). How about you? Is Luke 5:1-11 just about a “call to faith”? Or is it something more?


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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2 Responses to Theology Reflected in Hymns that are Chosen

  1. Daniel Skillman says:

    I like the question, Pastor. I, like you, believe that the call of Peter, James, and John is a specific call of these men into the foundational and unrepeatable apostolic office.

    Hymns for the Fifth Sunday After Trinity (1 Yr.) 2009 @ Immanuel, Fairport Harbor, OH:

    LSB 688 (“Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake)
    LSB 682 (God of the Prophets, Bless the Prophets’ Sons)
    LSB 831 (“How Shall they Hear,”) [sung to tune 832]

    How about you? Which ones will you be singing?

    In Christ,

  2. Rev. Mike Grieve says:

    I haven’t planned that far ahead, which for me, is not surprising, but the text certainly begs for Office of the Ministry hymns, at least one good one. Your question is quite interesting indeed. Could we say that it is a call to faith through the ones Christ called to fish for those men (believers in Christ)? That may be stretching the context beyond this particular text, but how can we separate faith from the the ones Christ has called to preach and administer the sacraments in His Church?

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