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You are here: UMWiki>WorldInTwoCities Web>LocalMusicScenes>LutheranMusic>HmongEvangelical (26 Jan 2009, schu1778)

Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church (LCMS)

At Jehovah Lutheran Church
1566 Thomas Avenue
St. Paul MN 55104

Begun as a Bible study with five families in 1986, members of Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church and Hmong Central Lutheran Church once worshipped together as one congregation, but split because of differences in dialect and clan affiliation. When they split, Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church became part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Hmong Central Lutheran Church remained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).

The Hmong hymnal used by both Hmong Central and Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church was created while they worshipped together. Therefore, it features two dialects of the Hmong language: White Hmong lyrics are printed on one side of the hymnal and Green/Blue Hmong are featured on the other.

With around 250 members, Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church is a relatively young church with a special emphasis on youth. Some of the most influential changes in music at the church have occurred because of the music education

Hmong youth receive through the North American school system. Many younger members of the church are able to read western musical notation and have learned to play instruments such as the flute, violin, and saxophone. However, the majority of the music at the church is vocal music accompanied by piano, which most parishioners think sounds better than accompaniment by Hmong instruments. While most Hmong youth are more comfortable speaking in English, attempts are made to sing in the Hmong language so that the youth retain the language of their ancestors and do not ostracize elders who may not understand English well.

Listen to the Music of Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church:

Chur and Toua Vang, Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church, “Ua Tsaug Vaajtswv” (“Thank you God”).
mp3 download 3367.4 K

Lyrics in Hmong:

Vaajtswv peb ua koj tsaug
Koj tau paab txhua nub txhua txhua mos
Los tsi tso peb tseg

Vaajtswv peb ua koj tsaug
Koj tau pub muaj txujsa
Nyob zuv tog koj

Halesluya peb suavdlawg cale zoo sab
Vaajtswv pub suavdlawg muaj kev kaaj sab
Nyuam sab yaaj ntsig

Vaajtswv peb ua koj tsaug
Vim koj tau foom koob foom moov
Pub txhua tug txhua leej

Translation:

Our heavenly father we thank you
For guiding our life everyday and night
You never left our side

Our heavenly father we thank you
For you have given us eternal life
We all will wait for your return

Hallelujah people around the world are singing songs of praise and worship
For our heavenly father has given the world eternal happiness

Our heavenly father we thank you
For blessing the world that you have created
Beautiful as it be.

Topic revision: r5 - 26 Jan 2009 - 20:45:54 - schu1778
 
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