Did you know that the hymns of the Reformation became a way to teach congregations about new Protestant beliefs?
And in sixteenth-century Germany, Martin Luther’s were the most popular.
Before Luther died it’s said that sixty “collections” of his hymns were published, including some on pamphlets to be sung on the street!
Luther’s first published hymn book contained a hymn by one of Luther’s associates, Paul Speratus: “To Us Salvation Now is Come," a hymn that summarized the early Lutheran theology.
The hymn includes a paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 11:1–4): “Keep us in life, by grace led on, forgiving and forgiven; Save thou us in temptations hour, and from all ills. Thine is the power, and all the glory. Amen.”