AGM Homily 2022

AGM Homily: “Sing to the Lord a new song!”

Psalm 96, Revelation 5:6-10

      January 30, 2022 / CAN

Rev. Shihoko Warren


Our Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Lord of Church, the Lord of Mission.

Guide us for the renewal and mission of Your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first Your honour and glory. Holy Spirit, help us to perceive what is our ‘call’, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Psalm 96 begins, saying: “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” (v.1)

The phrase ‘a new song’ is found many times in the Bible. Quite interestingly, throughout Scriptures, ‘new songs’ have been sung in critical times of transition for the communities of faith. These ‘new songs’ have also led the people to very new types of worship and community.

Today we will briefly look at some of these ‘new songs’, sung in times of critical transition throughout Biblical history. *due to our limited time today, we cannot read all the passages together, but I do encourage all of you to read these passages!

The songs of Moses

There are 2 songs of Moses recorded in the Old Testament, sung in critical times of transition for the Israelites.

  1. One is in Exodus 15:1-18: it was sung communally right after crossing the Red Sea, where God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. This song was the beginning of their new journey in the 40 years of wilderness. The Israelites began to worship at ‘Tabernacle’ in the wilderness. ‘Tabernacle’ means a portable tent of ‘God dwelling’ where the Israelites worshipped their God.
  2. The second song is found in Deuteronomy 31:30 – 32:43, when Moses sung his final message to the Israelites, just before his death. This song led the Israelites to the promised land, to new leadership, to a new type of worship and community. “Tabernacle’ that moved from one place to another while in the wilderness, became a stationary ‘Tabernacle’ in the promised land.

Psalm 96

Today’s reading: “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth” in Psalm 96, this was sung when King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to the city of Jerusalem ( 1 Chronicles 16). The whole Israelite community began a new worship style of rejoicing, dancing, and singing a new song to the Lord. This transition led the community of Israel to a new type of worship from ‘Tabernacle’ worship to ‘Temple’ worship in Jerusalem.

Lamentations & songs of prophets in OT

There are many songs of lamentations and prophets in the Old Testament. These were sung in times of great tribulation during the Babylonian exile (captivity) in Jewish history. The Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by Babylon (587/586 B.C.) and a new worship style and community of ‘synagogues’ was created.

After 70 years of exile, the new generation of leaders and people returned to Jerusalem. They rebuilt the ‘Temple’ for worship. ‘Temple’ worship was restarted in Jerusalem.

The Gospel of Luke (chapter 1-2)

In the Gospel of Luke, there are 4 ‘new songs’ (canticles) in the first two chapters.

  1. Mary’s song, the Magnificat: Mary sung a new song, proclaiming God’s liberation to the oppressed through her Child in the womb, Jesus Christ.
  2. Zechariah’s song, the Benedictus: Zechariah prophesized the coming of the Savior and about his own son John the Baptist, who would prepare the way of the Lord.
  3. Angels’ song, the Gloria: sung for God’s glory in heaven and earth, when the angels appeared to the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth.
  4. Simeon’s song, the Nunc Dimittis: when Simeon the prophet at the end of his life, held Jesus in his arms in the Temple, Simeon declared God’s salvation to all people. Through Jesus Christ, worship is for all people: not only for the Jews, but also for the Gentiles.

These 4 songs were sung in significant times of new era transitioning from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Through Jesus Christ, God dwells among us, shifted from the ‘Tabernacle’ or the ‘Temple’!

Jesus’ song on the cross

On the cross, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34). This was the new song by Jesus, resonating the song from Psalm 22. Jesus’ song on the cross brought the fulfillment of God’s promise of ‘Atonement,’ as spoken by the prophets. Through Christ’s death of ‘Atonement’, “the curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom.” (Mark 15:38-39) This brought new worship directly between God and His people! Jesus’ song of ‘Atonement’ on the cross also brought the new worship of the ‘Holy Communion’.

Pentecost (Acts)

In the Book of Acts chapter 2, ‘new songs’ were sung on the Day of Pentecost, with the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and early followers of Jesus Christ! The Pentecost created the new community; a Christian community. It is called ‘church.’ The Early Christians gathered at their houses, observed the Holy Communion, and worshipped God. They also gathered and worshipped at Catacombs (underground burial places) in times of severe Christian persecution. The Holy Spirit brought to us the new worship norm where we can worship our God in our everyday life, anytime and anywhere.

Eschatological new songs in Revelation

We can find eschatological new songs in the Book of Revelation. We will sing a ‘new song’ to the Lord and worship our loving God for all eternity, on the Last Day, at the Second Coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and in the New Heaven and Earth! What a glorious hope we, Christians are given!


We have briefly looked at some of ‘new songs’ in the Bible. All songs were sung in crucial times of transition in biblical history. New leadership, a new type of community, a new way of worship and outreach, have been created with ‘new songs’!

When you are in a critical time of transition in your life, what kind of ‘new song’ are you going to sing to the Lord? Just like Moses, Simeon, and Jesus, when on the edge of your death, are you also going to sing a ‘new song’ to the Lord and your community?

I believe, our community, the Church of All Nations is at the critical time of transition in many ways. It is time to respond to the succession of generations. We also find ourselves in an urgent time to think and act in a new way amid the global pandemic, for the Gospel and Mission of Jesus Christ our Lord. We need to discern when, where and how the Holy Spirit guides us to a new type of worship, community, outreach, and leadership.

Today, I say to you, my dear brothers and sisters at the Church of All Nations: as Psalm 96:1 says: “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Amen!



詩篇 96・ヨハネ黙示録 5:6-10

      January 30, 2022 / CAN

Rev. Shihoko Warren



聖書には、「新しい歌」という表現が多く見られます。 とても興味深いことに、聖書全体を通して、「新しい歌」は、信仰の共同体にとって、とても重要な移行(トランジション)のときに歌われています。そして、「新しい歌」は、その時代そのときにあって、新しい礼拝スタイルと新しい共同体のあり方を導いてきました。





  1. モーセの歌(出エジプト記15:1-18):この歌は、神がエジプトで奴隷だったイスラエルの民を救い、民が紅海を渡った直後に共同体で歌われました。この歌は、イスラエル民にとって、40年の荒野の旅の始まりとなりました。また、荒野での「幕屋」礼拝が始まりました。「幕屋」とは移動式テントの礼拝場所でした。イスラエル民は、神が宿る聖所として「幕屋」で神を礼拝しました。
  2. モーセの歌(申命記31:30-32:43):この歌は、モーセが死ぬ直前にイスラエルの民に向けて歌われました。これは、新しい世代のリーダー、信仰継承、新しい礼拝と共同体の在り方を導きました。




旧約聖書には、多くの哀歌と預言者たちによる歌があります。これらの多くは、「バビロン捕囚」という大試練のときに歌われました。エルサレム「神殿」は、バビロン軍によって破壊されました(587/586 B.C.)。
















十字架の上で、イエスは大声で 「エリ、エリ、レマ、サバクダ二?」 「わが神、わが神よ、なぜわたしをお見捨てになるのですか?」と詩篇22編の歌を引用し、新しい歌を叫びました。このイエスの叫びの歌は、長い間、預言者たちの口を通して語られた神の「贖い」の約束の成就をもたらしました。イエスの「贖い」の死によって、「神殿」の幕が真っ二つに裂けて(マルコ15:38-39)、神と人との直接の礼拝をもたらしました。

また、イエスの十字架の「贖い」の歌は、「聖餐」 という新しい礼拝をもたらしました。


「使徒の働き」2章には、ペンテコステの日に、聖霊が使徒とキリスト従者たちのうえに降り、新しい歌が響き渡った様子が描かれています。ペンテコステは、新しい共同体、つまりクリスチャン・コミュニティを造りました。「教会」が誕生したのです。初代教会のキリスト者たちは、それぞれの家に集まり、聖餐をし、神を礼拝しました。 また、激しい迫害期には、カタコンベ(地下墓場)で集まり礼拝しました。聖霊は、私たちに、日々の礼拝、いつどこでも神を礼拝できるというまったく新しい規範をもたらしました。


「ヨハネ黙示録」には、終末における「新しい歌」が歌われています。私たちは、「終わりの日」 ・「主の再臨」のとき、「新しい天地」で、永遠に神に「新しい歌」を歌い礼拝するのです!なんという輝かしい希望が、私たちキリスト者には与えられているのでしょう!







新しい歌を主に歌っていきましょう!Church of All Nations, 過渡期にあって、主に新しい歌を歌いましょう!アーメン