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Search Me, God, and Know My Heart   1 comment

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Hymn Source = The Hymnal and Order of Service (1925), The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod

Paraphrase (1924) of Psalm 139:23 and 24 by Claus August Wendell (1866-1950)

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Search me, God, and know my heart,

Lord of truth and mercy;

Try me, Thou who from afar

Knowest all my secrets;

And if any wicked way

Should be found within me,

Blessed Saviour, lead Thou me

In the way eternal.

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The Service Book and Hymnal (immediate predecessors of the American Lutheran Church [1960] and the Lutheran Church in America [1962], 1958) also contains the above text verbatim.

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The Lutheran Book of Worship (immediate predecessors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [1987], 1978) modernizes the text and makes it the second verse of a composite hymn, with a new first verse (beginning with “Wondrous are your ways, O God!”) by Joel W. Lundeen.  The modernized version of the text by Wendell follows:

Search me, God, and know my heart,

Lord of truth and mercy.

From afar, O Lord, you know

All my thoughts and secrets.

And if any wicked way

Should be found within me,

Cleanse, forgive me by your grace;

Grant me life eternal.

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Christian Worship:  A Lutheran Hymnal (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, 1993) also modernizes the Wendell text and uses it as the second verse of a composite hymn.  However, this hymn book alters the Lundeen text.

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The text by Wendell is absent from the current Lutheran  denominational hymnals in my collection:

  1. Ambassador Hymnal for Lutheran Worship (The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, 1994),
  2. Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (The Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1996),
  3. Worship Supplement 2000 (Church of the Lutheran Confession, 2000),
  4. Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2006), and
  5. Lutheran Service Book (The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, 2006).

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KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 11, 2016 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BARNABAS THE APOSTLE, COWORKER OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE

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The World Abounds with God’s Free Grace   Leave a comment

Cloud Over a Mountain

Above:  Cloud Over a Mountain

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Text (1980; copyright, 1990), by David G. Mehrtens (October 18, 1930-January 11, 2010), a chemist and a Missouri Synod Lutheran

Hymn Source = The Presbyterian Hymnal:  Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs (1990), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The hymn is absent from Glory to God:  The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod resources, such as Hymnal Supplement 98 (1998) and the Lutheran Service Book (2006), also lack this text.

This hymn seems especially appropriate in the vicinity of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4).

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1.  The world abounds with God’s free grace;

What wonders bless the land!

And on through boundless starry space,

God’s matchless works expand.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

2.  Give thanks for plains and valleys spaced

By mountains thrusting high;

Give thanks by fighting greed and waste

That drain their treasures dry.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

3.  In full thanksgiving for God’s love,

From which earth’s blessings flow,

Protect the precious air above,

The waters spread below.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

4.  Give thanks in hope, rejoice, repent,

And practice all you prayed;

True thanks can never be content

To foul the world God made.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe   5 comments

Luther Rose

Above:  The Luther Rose

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe (1889-1941), of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was one of the best hymn writers and translators the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) produced.  Her texts seem to have fallen out of favor with editorial committees recent North American Lutheran hymnals, however.  My survey of the most recent denominational hymnals (1993-2006) among North American Lutherans has yielded the following results:

  1. Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996, The Evangelical Lutheran Synod) and Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)–no Hoppe hymns;
  2. Christian Worship:  A Lutheran Hymnal (1993, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) and Lutheran Service Book (2006, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod)–one Hoppe hymn each; and
  3. Ambassador Hymnal for Lutheran Worship (1994, Association of Free Lutheran Congregations)–two Hoppe hymns.

Also, The Covenant Hymnal:  A Worshipbook (1996, the Evangelical Covenant Church of America, a close relation to Scandinavian Lutheranism) contains one Hoppe hymn.

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By Nature Deaf to Things Divine:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/by-nature-deaf-to-things-divine/

Desire of Every Nation:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/desire-of-every-nation/

Eternal God, Our Father:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/eternal-god-our-father/

Have Ye Heard the Invitation:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/have-ye-heard-the-invitation/

Heavenly Sower, Thou Hast Scattered:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/heavenly-sower-thou-hast-scattered/

How Blest Are They Who Through the Power of Heaven-Kindled Faith:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/how-blest-are-they-who-through-the-power-of-heaven-kindled-faith/

I Open Wide the Portals of My Heart:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/i-open-wide-the-portals-of-my-heart/

Jesus, O Precious Name:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/jesus-o-precious-name/

Like Enoch, Let Me Ever Walk With Thee:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/let-enoch-let-me-ever-walk-with-thee/

Lord Jesus Christ, the Children’s Friend:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/lord-jesus-christ-the-childrens-friend/

O Dear Redeemer Crucified:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/o-dear-redeemer-crucified/

O Father Mine, Whose Mercies Never Cease:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/o-father-mine-whose-mercies-never-cease/

O Friend of Sinners, Son of God:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/o-friend-of-sinners-son-of-god/

O Precious Saviour, Heal and Bless:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/o-precious-saviour-heal-and-bless/

The Sower Goeth Forth to Sow:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/the-sower-goeth-forth-to-sow/

This Night a Wondrous Revelation:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/this-night-a-wondrous-revelation/

Thou Goest to Jerusalem:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/thou-goest-to-jerusalem/

Thou Hast Indeed Made Manifest:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/thou-hast-indeed-made-manifest/

Thou Lord of Life and Death:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/thou-lord-of-life-and-death/

Jesus, Thou from Death Hast Risen:

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

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Anniversary of a Marriage   Leave a comment

Above:  Wedding Rings

Image Source = Jeff Belmonte

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Wedding_rings.jpg)

Prayer Source = Lutheran Service Book (2006)

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O Lord Jesus, Your mercies are new every morning.

We thank You for another year of married life together for name and name.

Open their hearts always to receive more of Your love

that their love for each other may never grow weary

but deepen and grow through every joy and sorrow shared;

for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now forever.  Amen.

Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy   1 comment

Above:  Lutheran Eucharistic Adoration

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book (2006), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Original German Words by Johann Heermann (1585-1647)

English translation from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941)

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Feed Thy children, God most holy;

Comfort sinners poor and lowly.

O Thou Bread of Life from heaven,

Bless the food Thou here hast given!

As these gifts the body nourish,

May our souls in graces flourish

Till with saints in heav’nly splendor

At thy feast due thanks we render.

I Lie, O Lord, within Your Care   1 comment

The Constellation Orion

Image Source = Mouser

Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book (2006), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Original words by Jochen Klepper (1903-1942); English translation (in 2000) by the Reverend Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. (1923-2007), a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1976-1989)

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1.  I lie, O Lord, within Your care,

Awake or when I’m sleeping.

Whoever trusts in Your strong arms

Is safe within Your keeping.

2.  Lord, You alone keep constant watch;

My restless heart You quiet.

When darkness fills the night with fear,

I will by faith defy it.

3.  When shadows fall, I will not dwell

On troubles that distress me,

Nor let some painful memory

Embitter and oppress me.

4.  It is enough that You are near;

I need not now discover

What hidden plans You have for me,

My future’s path uncover.

5.  Tomorrow’s road I cannot trace

Nor know what ills will meet me.

You only ask that I be still

And trust You there will greet me.

6.  Each dawning day to which I wake

Will show Your hand still guiding

And ev’ry good my life requires

Your grace again providing.

7.  Though troubles still may cloud the sky,

I’ll see beyond them shining

A light to show some hidden way–

A way of Your designing.

8.  Since You have gently touched my eyes,

I’ll sleep through tears of sorrow.

Though long the night, my God, my friend,

Will be my guide tomorrow.

Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way   17 comments

A Hiking Trail

Image Source = Jonathunder

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WhitewaterStateParkTrail2010.jpg)

Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book (2006), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Words (in 1997) by the Reverend Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. (1923-2007), a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1976-1989)

(http://www.wfn.org/2007/03/msg00237.html)

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1.  Lord, help us walk Your servant way

Wherever love may lead

And bending low, forgetting self,

Each serve the other’s need.

2.  You came to earth, O Christ, as lord,

But pow’r You laid aside.

You lived Your years in servanthood;

In lowliness You died.

3.  No golden scepter but a towel

You place within the hands

Of those who seek to follow You

And live by Your commands.

4.  You bid us bend our human pride

Nor count ourselves above

The lowest place, the meanest task

That waits the gift of love.

5.  Lord, help us walk Your servant way

Wherever love may lead

And, bending low, forgetting self,

Each serve the other’s need.

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/week-of-7-epiphany-tuesday-year-2/

http://ordinarytimedevotions.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/week-of-proper-2-tuesday-year-2/