Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References
How can the worshiper not conclude with such acclamations! When God is the “overflowing source of all good” (Belgic Confession, Article 1) and when he has provided all the benefits of Christ’s atonement and makes them ours so that “they are more than enough to absolve us from our sins,” (Belgic Confession, Article 22) our hearts cry out to him with praise and adoration. Therefore, Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 52, Question and Answer 128 includes the ending doxology of the Lord’s Prayer and teaches that “your holy name, and not we ourselves, should receive all the praise, forever.” And so consistent with these thoughts, Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 2 exclaims, “Our World Belongs to God! God is King: Let the earth be glad! Christ is victor: His rule has begun! The Spirit is at work: Creation is renewed! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” And the Belhar Confession, Section 5 concludes: “Jesus is Lord. To the one and only God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be the honor and the glory forever and ever.”
Simei Monteiro (b. 1943) was born in Brazil in the northern Amazon region, the daughter of musical parents; they were both choir members in their Baptist church; her mother knew most of their hymns from memory and her father was a piano tuner. She graduated from the Baptist Seminary in Rio de Janeiro, where she began studying and translating hymns, also writing some of her own. Encouraged by the call from the Second Vatican Council for inculturated worship, she began to research and teach church music at her alma mater, encouraging her students to compose in a Brazilian style. She also studied with Pablo Sosa in Argentina, later returning to Brazil to teach liturgy at the Methodist University School of Theology in São Paulo. In 1993 she joined the staff of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, where she gained an international reputation as a composer, translator, worship planner and leader at their international assemblies. She retired from that position in 2012.