I recently reviewed Garrison Keillor’s memoir, That Time of Year. In it he describes a singing experience he had while performing at St. Olaf College:
“… the audience sang Children of the heavenly Father safely in His bosom gather, nesting bird nor star in heaven such a refuge e’er was given in pure four-part harmony, impromptu, which listeners thought was a choir, but it wasn’t, it was just eight-hundred Lutherans. I made fun of Lutherans for their lumbering earnestness, their obsessive moderation, their fear of giving offense, and I never felt so exalted as when I stood in the midst of a roomful of them … and we all sang together.”
Readers, there is a reason they call us The Singing Church! Follow this link for a Lutheran rendition of the song Keillor mentions, in case it’s unfamiliar to you.
For more about Lutherans and music see these posts: