Five Solas Project
So, What Are These Sola Things?
Depending on our differing church backgrounds, the Five Solas may or may not be a familiar term. If you have Lutheran background you are much more likely to know the term than if you were raised Baptist, for instance. The Five Solas are foundational themes in Christian faith, which began with three solas from Martin Luther, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone. Two others were added later, Christ Alone, and Glory to God Alone. During this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, we have created and gathered many resources to assist in worship planning and learning.
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Two choral anthems, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and “Daily Grace,” each express sola themes: the Word of God, “that Word above all earthly powers,“ and “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.” Each of the pieces includes options for the congregation to be involved with the choir, without the need for rehearsal. Listen and see these pieces for worship here.
Grace Alone is a collection of five pieces for adult choir, and optional orchestra. Composed by Josh Bauder, these pieces create 21st century expressions of timeless texts related to the sola themes. These pieces may be used equally for concert or worship functions. In addition, there are five complimentary responsive readings that are available to use in conjunction with these classic works.
“The Heavens Declare”
“Let Us Plead for Faith Alone”
“Jesus Shall Reign”
The five sola themes are wonderful principles of Christian faith, and may be learned by children as a part of their spiritual formation. Here you will find five delightful, engaging pieces for children’s choirs and other children’s educational or home groups. Each piece of music has been created with kid-friendly sound tracks, which are available in both stereo and split track versions.
Glory Be to God, by Edwin M. Willmington (kids)
Grace, God’s Grace, by Edwin M. Willmington (kids)
O Word of God, by Edwin M. Willmington (kids)
Deep, Deep Love of Jesus, by Edwin M. Willmington (kids)
We Believe, by Edwin M. Willmington (kids)
The Five Solas Project Resource Pak is an educational book to be used in conjunction with the five children’s sola pieces. Included in the book are five stories to match each sola theme. In addition, for each theme there are devotional guides with discussion questions, activity page, and responsive readings for worship. A CD of the music is also included in the back of each book.
Growing God’s Way is a bright, fully illustrated storybook with short stories that bring light to each of the five sola themes. These short stories are appropriate for home reading, small groups, as well as useful for occasions such as children’s sermons in worship. A CD is included in the back of each book so that listening to each song may amplify the story that connects to it.
Concert pianist, Jenny Jee-El Park, offers her arrangements for the piano centered on the sola themes in Lift High the Cross. Jenny’s skill as a performer lives itself out in her arrangements as well. The sensitivity and power of these wonderful arrangements is sure to enhance the life of the listener, whether in worship or in a concert setting.
Jesus Loves Me features five creative sola-themed organ arrangements by Grace Chung. These practical and artistic arrangements portray a wide spectrum of emotions and styles related
to these important tenets of the Christian faith. The book includes additional information on the score to assist the performer’s knowledge of what they are expressing, and a demonstration CD
performed by the arranger.
Modern hymn writer, Ken Bible, has combined his skills as a writer with his study of theology to write new hymns and devotional readings to guide our focus on the five sola themes, The Five Solas: An Affirmation of Faith from LNW Hymns. Often using familiar hymn tunes, Ken writing enables us to voice our corporate and individual thoughts and feelings related to the sola themes.
Written by Jeanelle Austin and Phil Allen, the engaging, poetic style of Spoken Word gives a creative view to the five sola themes. Set up for one or two readers, these unique artistic writings provide a fresh expression of the five sola themes. These artistic expressions are complimentary offerings in both audio and written script form. The audio files are available here and you may view and download the script here.