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O Thou Love Unbounded   2 comments

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Above:  Christ the Merciful

Image in the Public Domain

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

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

English Translation (1940) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)

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1.  O Thou Love Unbounded,

Grant to eyes enshrouded,

E’en for earthly sight beclouded,

Grace to see Thy patience,

All the world enfolding,

Thy long-suff’ring thus beholding.

Lo, its rays,

To Thy praise,

Joy to men bestowing,

Like the sun are glowing.

2.  All Thy vast dominion–

Earth and air and ocean–

Is the field of Thy devotion;

And Thy great long-suff’ring,

Ever newly tested,

With more beauty is invested.

Oh, how far

Its wings are

As they stretch forth daily

Over hill and valley!

3.  All our works are feeble

As the heart upraises

For Thy patience,

Lord, its praises.

With untold transgressions

Day by day Thou bearest,

Many million sinners sparest!

Daily new

Lovest, too,

All who here offend Thee.

Who can comprehend Thee?

4.  Sinners Thou forgivest,

Hear’st when they implore Thee,

When they, weeping, come before Thee;

Thy right hand may threaten,

Yet Thy mercy yearneth

And Thine anger from us turneth.

Tho’ we may

Yet delay

Truly to espouse Thee,

To new wrath arouse Thee.

5.  Lord, no one has ever,

Who on Thee believed,

Justice here for grace received.

All guilt Thou removest

When we boy before Thee

And in penitence implore Thee;

For our smart

Moves Thy heart;

Thou wouldst mercy show us

And with grace endow us.

6.  O Most High, we praise Thee

That Thou us regardest

Nor our evil deeds rewardest!

Zion’s Hope, continue

Thy dominion o’er us,

Wielding well Thy scepter for us

Lovingly.

Patient be,

Lord, we now implore Thee:

Thine shall be the glory!

Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand   2 comments

Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand

Above:  The Hymn, from The Hymnal (1941)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1941), of the Evangelical and Reformed Church

Words by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)

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1.  Great God, we sing that mighty hand,

By which supported still we stand;

The opening year Thy mercy shows;

That mercy crown it till it close.

2.  By day, by night, at home, abroad,

Still we are guarded by our God;

By His incessant bounty fed,

By His unerring counsel led.

3.  With grateful hearts the past the own;

The future, all to us unknown,

We to Thy guardian care commit,

And peaceful leave before Thy feet.

4.  In scenes exalted or depressed,

Thou art our Joy, and Thou our Rest;

Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,

Adored through all our changing days.

Arise, All Things That God Has Made   1 comment

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Above:  Part of the Grounds, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, Blairsville, Georgia, August 4, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Original Danish Words by Hans Adolph Brorson (1694-1764)

English Translation by A. M. Andersen

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/assembled-in-this-thy-house-danish-american-lutherans-1870-1962/

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1.  Arise, all things that God has made

And praise His might and glory;

Each leaflet and each grassy blade

Does tell a wondrous story.

2.  Tho’ all the kings on earth did show

Their utmost strength and power,

They could not make a leaflet grow,

Nor mend a broken flower.

3.  What shall I say whene’er I walk

Where flowers are abounding

And hear the birds together talk,

As thousand harps were sounding.

4.  What shall I say when I behold

The stars in countless numbers

And see their smiling charm unfold,

While nature deeply slumbers.

5.  What shall I say?  Weak are my words

And humble my opinion.

How great Thy wisdom, Lord of lords,

Thy might and Thy dominion!

Fairest Lord Jesus   1 comment

Above:  Christ with Beard

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Original words from Munster Gesangbuch (1677); English translation (1873) by U.S. Lutheran pastor Joseph Augustus Seiss

Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), of The United Methodist Church

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1.  Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,

O thou of God and man the Son,

thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,

thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2.  Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,

robed in the blooming garb of spring:

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,

who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3.  Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,

and all the twinkling starry host:

Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer

than all the angels heaven can boast.

4.  Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!

Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration,

now and forever more be thine.

From All that Dwell Below the Skies   1 comment

Rays of Sunlight

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Hymn Source = The Church Hymnal (1935), of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

Words (1719) by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), author of a plethora of hymns

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1.  From all that dwell below the skies,

Let the Creator’s praise arise;

Let the Redeemer’s name be sung,

Thro’ ev’ry land, by ev’ry tongue.

2.  Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;

Eternal truth attends thy word;

Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,

Till suns shall rise and set no more.

3.  In ev’ry land begin the song;

To ev’ry land the strains belong;

In cheerful sounds all voices raise,

And fill the world with loudest praise.

Hail Thee, Festival Day! (Easter)   5 comments

Women at the Empty Tomb, by Fra Angelico

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940 (1943), The Episcopal Church

Original Latin Words by Saint Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers (Died 600/609)

http://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/feast-of-venantius-honorius-clementius-fortunatus-december-14/

English words from The English Hymnal (1906), of The Church of England

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Refrain:

Hail thee, festival day!  blest day that art hallowed for ever;

Day whereon Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death.

1.  Lo, the fair beauty of earth, from the death of the winter arising!

Every good gift of the year now with its Master returns:

Refrain

2.  He who was nailed to the cross is Lord and the ruler of all men;

All things created on earth sing to the glory of God:

Refrain

3.  Daily the loveliness grows, adorned with the glory of blossom;

Heaven her gates unbars, flinging her increase of light:

Refrain

4.  Rise from the grave now, O Lord, who art author of life and creation.

Treading the pathway of death, life thou bestowest on man:

Refrain

5.  God the All-Father, the Lord, who rulest the earth and the heavens,

Guard us from harm without, cleanse us from evil within:

Refrain

6.  Jesus the health of the world, enlighten our minds, thou Redeemer,

Son of the Father supreme, only-begotten of God:

Refrain

7.  Spirit of life and of power, now flow in us, fount of our being,

Light that dost lighten all, that in all dost abide:

Refrain

8.  Praise to the Giver of good!  Thou love who art author of concord,

Pour out thy balm on our souls, order our ways in thy peace:

Refrain

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Thy Mercy, Lord   Leave a comment

Galaxy NGC 2841

Image Source = NASA

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Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)

Words from the Scottish Psalter (1650), of The Church of Scotland; based on Psalm 36

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1.  Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heavens;

thy truth doth reach the clouds;

thy justice is like mountains great,

thy judgements deep as floods.

2.  Lord, thou preservest man and beast:

how precious is thy grace!

Therefore in shadow of thy wings

men’s sons their trust shall place.

3.  Their hunger thou shalt satisfy

with good things from thy store:

from rivers of thy pleasures they

shall drink and thirst no more.

4.  With thee the fountain is of life

and from thy presence flows;

and brightens from thy dwelling place

out to all people goes.