Russ didn't realize that when he was asked to take over the youth group at the FRC that he would be asked if he could "just have the youth group provide 20 minutes of special music for a Reformation Day fellowship." This is one of those times I truly felt like a "helpmeet". We are thankful that God has blessed many of the young people at the church with musical abilities and even more grateful that they were willing to share them. Tonight was a blessing--a reminder of the past, an exhortation for the present, and a hope for the future.
Reformation Day Service
A Mighty Fortress is our God, The Church's One Foundation, If We Have Forgotten the Name of Our God
Youth Special Music based on the five solas of the Reformation (our part!):
Sola Scriptura: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (the kids read the Scripture passages before each musical number)
"How Precious is the Book Divine" vocal solo
Sola Fide: Romans 1:17 and Galatians 3:11 "Not What My Hands Have Done" small vocal group
Sola Gratia: Ephesians 2:8-9 "By Grace Alone" Instrumental violins/cello/piano (This song was written by Martin Luther and I had never seen the words/music before I found it on the internet a few weeks ago. Love this piece:)
Sola Christus: 1Timothy 2:5 and Acts 4:12 "In Christ Alone" all youth group sang with flute also accompanying
Soli Deo Gloria: 1 Peter 4:11 and 1 Corinthians10:31 "To God be the Glory" all youth group sang with violins/cello also accompanying
Dr. Barrett gave a brief message on Jeremiah 6:16
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
Congregational singing "O God Our Help in Ages Past"
Again, I thoroughly enjoyed this evening and I know the kids did too. Next year if the kids get asked again, we may have to bring out the Reformation Polka!