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Seminarian writes songs based on scripture, Luther's theology
featured in the November 2011 E.pistle Alumni e-newsletter
Charles Featherstone, a senior in LSTC’s master of divinity program, began to write songs based on scripture passages while on internship last year.
“My internship supervisor, Pastor Dennis Hearney at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Somonauk, Ill., suggested the project – initially as a joke, I think,” Featherstone says. “I wrote the songs for the confirmation class, trying to work in some of what they talked about and we used them to review the previous week’s lessons.”
He committed to writing one song a week. The project worked out better than he expected. Some weeks he wrote two songs, and one week he wrote three. At the suggestion of the worship director, the congregation used a few of my songs in worship. Featherstone’s song based on Psalm 112 was requested for a funeral service.
Now back on campus, Featherstone is working on a seven-song collection on the theology of Martin Luther as a project for Kurt Hendel’s class. Some of his songs have been performed on campus and used in worship at LSTC.
Featherstone hopes others will use these songs to tell the good news of God’s love for humanity.