Archive for September 2015

When All Bespeaks a Father’s Love   1 comment

Father and Daughter in Winter

Above:  Father and Daughter in Winter

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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When all bespeaks a Father’s love,

Oh, wherefore, fearful as the dove,

Should we in times of peril flee

To any refuge, Lord, but thee?

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In vain the wicked bend their bow,

And seek to lay the righteous low;

Thou from thine everlasting throne

With watchful care regard’st thine own.

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Thy voice shall seal the sinner’s fate;

Just vengeance shall his crimes await;

While the bright beams of grace divine

Shall on thy faithful servants shine.

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On Thy Church, O Power Divine   1 comment

Church Spires

Above:  Church Spires

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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On thy church, O Power Divine,

Cause the glorious face to shine;

Till the nations from afar

Hail her as their guiding star;

Till her sons from zone to zone

Make thy great salvation known.

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Then shall God, with lavish hand,

Scatter blessings o’er the land;

Earth shall yield her rich increase,

Every breeze shall whisper peace,

And the world’s remotest bound

With the voice of praise resound.

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O God, Our Strength, To Thee the Song   1 comment

Country Church in a Snowstorm

Above:  Country Church in a Snowstorm

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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O God, our strength, to thee the song

With grateful hearts we raise;

To thee, and thee alone, belong

All worship, love, and praise.

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In trouble’s dark and stormy hour,

Thine ear hath heard our prayer;

And graciously thine arm of power

Hath saved us from despair.

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And thou, O ever gracious Lord,

Wilt keep thy promises still,

If, meekly hearkening to thy word,

We seek to do thy will.

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Led by the light thy grace imparts,

Ne’er may we bow the knee

To idols, which our wayward hearts

Set up instead of thee.

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So shall thy choicest gifts, O Lord,

Thy faithful people bless;

For them shall earth its stores afford,

And Heaven its happiness.

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Great God, Wert Thou Extreme to Mark   1 comment

Beautiful sunrise over volcanoes in guatemala

Above:  Beautiful Sunrise Over Volcanoes in Guatemala

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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Great God, wert thou extreme to mark

The deeds we do amiss,

Before thy presence who could stand,

Who claim thy promised bliss?

But oh! all merciful and just,

Thy love surpasseth thought;

A gracious Saviour has appeared,

And peace and pardon brought.

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Thy servants in the temple watched

The dawning of the day,

Impatient with its earliest beams

Their holy vows to pay;

And chosen saints far off behold

That great and glorious morn,

When the glad day-spring from on high

Auspiciously should dawn.

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On us the Sun of Righteousness

Its brightest beams hath poured;

With grateful hearts and holy zeal,

Lord, be thy love adored;

And let us look with joyful hope.

To that more glorious day,

Before whose brightness, sin and death,

And grief, shall flee away.

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Father of Spirits! Nature’s God!   1 comment

Sandhill Cranes Flying

Above:  Sandhill Cranes Flying

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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Father of spirits! Nature’s God!

Our inmost thoughts are known to thee;

Thou, Lord, canst hear each idle words,

And every private action see.

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Could we on morning’s swiftest wings

Pursue our flight through trackless air;

Or dive beneath deep ocean’s springs,

Thy presence still would meet us there.

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In vain may guilt attempt to fly,

Concealed beneath the pall of night,

One glance from thy all-piercing eye

Can kindle darkness into light.

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Search thou our hearts, and there destroy

Each evil thought, each secret sin;

And fit us for those realms of joy,

Where nought impure shall enter in.

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Ere Mountains Reared Their Forms Sublime   1 comment

Fog Over Hills

Above:  Fog Over Hills

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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Ere mountains reared their forms sublime,

Or the fair earth in order stood,

Before the birth of ancient time,

From everlasting thou art God.

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A thousand ages in their flight,

With thee are as a fleeting day;

Past, present, future, to thy sight

At once their various scenes display.

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But our brief life is a shadowy dream,

A passing thought, that soon is o’er,

That fades with morning’s earliest beam,

And fills the musing mind no more.

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To us, O Lord, the wisdom give

So every precious hour to spend,

That we at length with thee may live

Where life and bliss shall never end.

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Delightful is the Task to Sing   1 comment

Mountain Morning

Above:  Mountain Morning

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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Delightful is the task to sing,

On each returning day,

The praises of our heavenly King,

And grateful homage pay.

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The countless worlds, which, bathed in light,

Through fields of azure move,

Proclaim his wisdom and his might,

But O, how great his love!

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He deigns each broken, contrite heart

With tender care to bind;

And comfort, hope and grace impart

To heal the wounded mind.

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All creatures with distinctive cry,

From God implore their food;

His bounty grants a rich supply,

And fills the earth with good.

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Delightful is the task, O Lord!

With each returning day

Thy countless music to record

And grateful homage pay.

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Gracious God, Again is Ended   1 comment

Sunset Rays in Sky

Above:  Sunset Rays in Sky

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Text (1711) by Caspar Neumann (1648-1715)

English Translation (1938) for The Lutheran Hymnal (1941)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), The Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

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Gracious God, again is ended

Of my life another day.

Show me where I have offended,

Where I faltered on the way;

Let me by Thy grace divine

View this sinful life of mine.

Calmly, as the day now closes,

In Thy love my soul reposes.

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Faithful Father, thus before Thee

Now I come with fervent plea;

Though unworthy, I implore Thee,

Be Thou merciful to me;

Let Thy face upon me shine

As the fleeting hours decline.

Help me do Thy will and pleasure

Day by day in fuller measure.

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Loving Savior, I will solely

Look to Thee for peaceful sleep;

Sanctify my spirit wholly,

Angels send their watch to keep.

Bid all threatening foes be gone,

Guard my home and all mine own;

Drive away all gloom and sorrow,

Bless me with a glad tomorrow.

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Holy Ghost, Thine eyes forever

Watch though darkness hide the view;

Waking always, failing never,

They their loving task pursue.

Gentle Shepherd, as Thy sheep

Now repose in trustful sleep,

So within Thine arms enfold me.

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Gracious God, let me awaken

To another blessed day

That I may, with faith unshaken,

Serve Thee as my Strength and Stay.

Should instead death’s summons come,

Take me to Thy heavenly home.

To Thy care I thus commend me;

Lord, in life and death attend me.

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God, From All Eternity   2 comments

Night Vision Theme

Above:  Night Vision Scene

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Text (1711) by Caspar Neumann (1648-1715)

English Translation (1912) by August Crull (1845-1923)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book (1912), German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States (now The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod)

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God, from all eternity

In Thy Son Thou didst elect me;

Therefore, Father, graciously

In my course to heaven direct me;

Send to me Thy Holy Spirit

That His gifts I may inherit.

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Though alive, I’m dead in sin,

To all good things lost by nature;

Holy Ghost, change me within,

Make of me a new-born creature;

For the flesh deserves damnation

And can never gain salvation.

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Drive away the gloomy night

Of  my sinful meditation;

Quench all thoughts that are not right,

Reason hold in limitation;

Grant that I from Thee with yearning

Wisdom always may be my learning.

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All desires and thoughts of mine,

From my youth, are only evil;

Save me from Thy power divine

From myself and from the devil;

Give me strength in ample measure,

Both to will and do Thy pleasure.

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Such a heart create in me,

That in Thee, O God, believing,

At the base iniquity

Of my sins I may be grieving;

And when hours of woe betide me,

In the wounds of Jesus hide me.

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As a branchlet in the Vine,

In my blessed Lord, implant me;

Ever to my Head divine

To remain a member grant me;

Oh, let Him, my Lord and Savior,

Be my Life and Love forever!

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Faith and hope and charity

Graciously, O Father, give me;

Be my Guardian constantly

That no devil e’er may grieve me;

Grant me humbleness and gladness,

Peace and patience in my sadness.

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Help me speak what’s right and just,

And keep silence on occasion;

Help me pray, Lord, as I must;

Help me bear my tribulation;

Help me die and let my spirit

Everlasting life inherit.

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Caspar Neumann   1 comment

Luther Rose

Above:  The Luther Rose

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Caspar Neumann (1648-1715) was a German Lutheran minister and hymn writer.

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Jesus, Thou from Death Hast Risen:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/jesus-thou-from-death-hast-risen/

Lord, On Earth I Dwell Sad-Hearted:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/lord-on-earth-i-dwell-sad-hearted/

God of Ages, Great and Mighty:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/god-of-ages-great-and-mighty/

God, From All Eternity:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/god-from-all-eternity/

Gracious God, Again is Ended:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/gracious-god-again-is-ended/

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