Sunday, February 15, 2009

What's this blog all about?

This blog will include a variety of content, but the primary focus that underlies it all is Lutheran church music. The blog is maintained primarily by the organist at Bethany English Lutheran Church in Cleveland, but it is written with input and assistance from the staff and members of the congregation.

This blog is different from most church websites, which tend to be relatively static or simply post the church's monthly newsletter online. With regular updates, this site is meant to accomplish a number of goals:

1. To continue the church's music ministry and outreach in a new format;
2. To examine and discuss music in the Lutheran heritage;
3. To connect in a dialogue with a broader audience of musicians and people of diverse faiths;
4. To explore the role of the arts in our Christian understanding.

Most of all, we hope this site becomes a hub for conversation and participation, a place to share ideas and ask questions. If you have a question or suggestion, please leave a comment here or email


  1. So, here's a question: Can we do more than just sing? Might we be able to clap our hands sometimes, or even move our feet on occasion? I realize we are Lutherans, but it might be fun to give it a try!

  2. As Lutherans we may tap our feet lighty, but NO hand clapping. lol.
    I've had folks comment that during the hymns (especially the ones I really like), they see me swaying back and forth. Maybe I'm just not a true Lutheran at heart.