- Opening Hymn/Gathering Song
This is a continuation of my series that tries to help explain the elements of the Divine Service. At the conclusion of explanations, I'll also discuss whether something is sacrificial (we serve God) or sacramental (God serves us), what Scripture inspired this element, any (contemporary) alternatives, and any hymns based on that element.
It's shaping up to be an excellent series, folks. Among other things, Micah gives us the scriptural references regarding the various liturgical acts.
And speaking of opening hymns, here is a grand setting of Hymn #1 from The Lutheran Hymnal, "Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty." This gathering would not have used TLH, so the text may vary slightly. They disabled the embed code, so you have to click over to hear it.
Not to be left out, though, here is an organ arrangement of the same tune.