Archive for the ‘Baptism and Confirmation’ Category

All Who Believe and Are Baptized   2 comments

June 7

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Washington, Georgia, June 7, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Danish Text (1699) by Thomas Hansen Kingo (1634-1703)

English Translation (1909) by George Alfred Taylor Rygh (1860-1942)

Hymn Source = Supplement to The Book of Hymns (1982), The United Methodist Church


All who believe and are baptized shall see the Lord’s salvation;

Baptized into the death of Christ, they are a new creation;

Through Christ’s redemption they will stand among the glorious

Heavenly band of every tribe and nation.


With one accord, O God, we pray, grant us thy Holy Spirit;

Help us in our infirmity through Jesus’ blood and merit;

Grant us to grow in grace each day by holy Baptism,

That we may eternal life inherit.


My Maker, Be Thou Nigh   1 comment

St. Catherine's, Marietta

Above:  St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia, May 17, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Text (published in 1729) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (published in the Australian Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1925) by E. Taylor, a Congregationalist minster (died 1938), altered

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


1.  My Maker, be Thou nigh

The light of life to give

And guide me with Thine eye

While hear on earth I live.

To Thee my heart I tender

And all my pow’rs surrender;

Make it my one endeavor

To love and serve Thee ever.

Upon Thy promise I rely;

My Maker, be Thou nigh.

2.  My Savior, wash me clean

With Thy most precious blood,

That takes away all sin

And seals my peace with God.

My soul in peace abideth

When in Thy wounds it hideth.

There I find full salvation

And freedom from damnation.

Without Thee lost, defiled by sin,

My Savior, wash me clean.

3.  My Comforter, give pow’r

That I may stand secure

When in temptation’s hour

The world and sin allure.

The Son to me revealing,

Inspire my tho’t and feeling,

His Word of grace to ponder,

Nor let me from Him wander.

On me Thy gifts and graces show’r:

My Comforter, give pow’r!

4.  O Holy Trinity!

To whom I all things owe,

Thine image graciously

Within my heart bestow.

Choose me, tho’ weak and lowly,

To be Thy temple holy

Where praise shall rise unending

For grace so condescending.

O heav’nly bliss, Thine own to be,

O Holy Trinity!

Thee Will I Love, My Strength   2 comments


Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 14, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Lutheran Book of Worship (1978)

Original German Words (1657) by Johann Scheffler (1624-1677)

English Translation (1739) by John Wesley (1703-1791)


1.  Thee will I love, my strength, my tow’r;

Thee will I love, my joy, my crown!

Thee will I love with all my pow’r,

In all thy works, and thee alone;

Thee will I love, till the pure fire

Fills all my soul with chaste desire.

2.  I thank thee, uncreated sun,

That thy bright beams on me have shined;

I thank thee, who has overthrown

My foes and healed my wounded mind;

I thank thee, whose enliv’ning voice

Bids my freed heart in thee rejoice.

3.  Uphold me in the doubted race,

Nor suffer me again to stray;

Strengthen my feet with steady pace

Still to press forward in thy way,

That all my pow’rs, with all their might,

In thy sole glory may unite.

4.  Thee will I love, my joy, my crown;

Thee will I love, my Lord, my God!

Thee will I love, beneath thy frown

Or smile, thy scepter or thy rod.

What though my flesh and heart decay?

Thee shall I love in endless day!

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I’m Baptized in Thy Dear Name   2 comments


Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 14, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Common Service Book (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and predecessor bodies

Original German Words (1734) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (1860) by Charles William Schaeffer (1813-1896)


1.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

I’m baptized in Thy dear Name;

In the seed Thou dost inherit,

With the people Thou dost claim,

I am reckoned; I am reckoned;

And for me the Saviour came.

2.  Thou receivest me, O Father,

As a child and heir of Thine;

Jesus, Thou Who diest, yea rather

Ever livest, Thou art mine.

Thou, O Spirit, Thou, O Spirit,

Art my Guide, my Light divine.

3.  I have pledged, and would not falter,

Truth, obedience, love to Thee:

I have vows upon Thine altar

Ever Thine alone to be,

And for ever

Sin and all its lusts to flee.

4.  Gracious God, all Thou hast spoken

In this covenant shall take place;

But if I, alas! have broken

These my vows, hide not Thy face;

And from falling

O restore me by Thy grace!

5.  Lord to Thee I now surrender

All I have, and all I am;

Make my heart more true and tender,

Glorify in me Thy Name.

Let obedience

To Thy will be all my aim.

6.  Help me in this high endeavor,

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Bind my heart to Thee for ever,

Till I join the heavenly host.

Living, dying,

Let me make in Thee my boast.

See Israel’s Gentle Shepherd Stand   1 comment

See Israel's Gentle Shepherd

Above:  The Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Words by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1905), Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Episcopal Church, South


1. See Israel’s gentle Shepherd stand

With all-engaging charms;

Hark, how he calls the tender lambs,

And folds them in his arms!

2. “Permit them to approach,” he cries,

“Nor scorn their humble name;

For ’twas to bless such souls as these

The Lord of angels came.”

3. We bring them, Lord, in thankful hands,

And yield them up to thee;

Joyful that we ourselves are thine,

Thine let our offspring be.

Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life   1 comment


Above:  Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Words by George Herbert (1593-1630), a poet and priest of the Church of England

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church


1.  Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:

such a way as gives us breath;

such a truth as ends all strife;

such a life as killeth death.

2.  Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:

such a light as shows a feast;

such a feast as mends in length;

such a strength as makes his guest.

3.  Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:

such joy as none can move;

such a love as none can part;

such a heart as joys in love.



O Thou, Who Camest From Above   3 comments

Christ Pantocrator

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1905), of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1784-1939) and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939)

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), a priest of the Church of England


1.  O Thou, who camest from above,

The pure celestial fire to impart,

Kindle a flame of sacred love

On the mean altar of my heart!

2.  There let it for thy glory burn,

With inextinguishable blaze,

And trembling to its source return,

In humble love and fervent praise.

3.  Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire,

To work, and speak, and think, for thee;

Still let me guard the holy fire,

And still stir up thy gift in me;

4.  Ready for all thy perfect will,

My acts of faith and love repeat,

Till death thy endless mercies seal,

And make the sacrifice complete.