Rev. Dr. Jon Vieker

“Luther And The Lutherans:
Singing The Gospel Into People’s Ears For 500 Years”

Lutherans invented hymnals. They also revived the singing of hymns among the laity in both church and home. How did this happen, and why was it so important to the spread of the Reformation Gospel?

This lecture will comprise two parts. First, we will take a look at how Lutheran hymn singing and hymn writing got started with Martin Luther, and how it came to blossom in the 16th and 17th centuries. We will then fast-forward and explore selected Lutheran hymns and hymn writers of our own day—rejoicing in God’s gift of the Gospel into our ears, and so into our hearts, “on the wings of song.”

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Luther’s Hymns
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David Werner and students from the Instructional Technolgy Center of Concordia University
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JViekerREV. DR. JON VIEKER is senior assistant to Rev. Dr. Mattew C. Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod.

Prior to joining the president’s staff in September 2010, Vieker served as assistant director for the LCMS Commission on Worship, a position he began in November 1998. In that position, he was involved with all aspects of research, development, editing and production of Lutheran Services Book and its core companion volumes.

A native of Livingston, Calif., Vieker received a B.A. in music from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California., and M.Div., S.T.M. and Ph.D degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. Vieker’s area of academic interest is the history of American Lutheranism, specifically as viewed through its hymnals and hymnody and the wider American ecclesial context.

Vieker has served as editor for a number of publications, including, Festschrift volumes in honor of Norman Nagel and Ronald Feurhahn and Through the Church the Song Goes On, a collection of essays published by the LCMS Commission on Worship. He has also written a variety of articles on Lutheran hymnody and liturgy and is a composer with choral settings and organ preludes published by Concordia Publishing House and Liturgy Solutions.

Prior to serving with the LCMS Commission on Worship, Vieker was a parish pastor for nine years at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, West Bloomfield, Michigan. He has also served as organist and choir director in a variety of settings.

Vieker and his wife, Kim, live in Manchester, Missouri, and are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in De Peres, Missouri, where they serve in the parish choral and instrumental ensembles. They have two grown children.