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Feeble, Helpless, How Shall I   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator Icon

Above:  Icon of Christ Pantocrator

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), United Lutheran Church in America

Text (1844) by William Henry Furness (1802-1896)

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1.  Feeble, helpless, how shall I

Learn to live and learn to die?

Who, O God, my guide shall be?

Who shall lead Thy child to Thee?

2.  Blessed Father, Gracious One,

Thou hast sent Thy Holy Son;

He will give the light I need,

He my trembling steps will lead.

3.  Through this world, uncertain dim,

Let me ever lean on Him,

From His precepts wisdom draw,

Make His life my solemn law.

4.  Thus in deed, and thought, and word,

Led by Jesus Christ, the Lord,

In my weakness, thus shall I

Learn to live and learn to die.

O Lord, Thy Benediction Give   Leave a comment

Christ Episcopal Church, Macon, Georgia, April 3, 2011:  The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Georgia, Giving the Benediction

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/atldiophotos/ChristChurchMacon02#5591454644619795986)

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Words by John Armstrong (1813-1856), poet, priest, and Anglican Bishop of Grahamstown, South Africa (1853-1856)

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1.  O Lord, thy benediction give

On all who teach, on all who learn,

That so Thy Church may holier live,

And ev’ry lamp more brightly burn.

2.  Give those that teach pure hearts and wise,

Faith, hope, and love, all warmed by prayer:

Themselves first training for the skies,

They best will raise their people there.

3.  Give those that learn the willing ear,

The spirit meek, the guileless mind;

Such gifts will make the lowliest here

Far better than a kingdom find.

4.  O bless the shepherd, bless the sheep,

That guide and guided both be one,

One in the faithful watch they keep,

One in the joy of work well done.

We Thank Thee, Lord, for This Fair Earth   1 comment

Rays of Light

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Words by George Edward Lynch Cotton (1813-1866), Anglican Bishop of Calcutta (1858-1866), who drowned in the Ganges River after consecrating a cemetery

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1.  We thank thee, Lord, for this fair earth,

The glitt’ring sky, the silver sea;

For all their beauty, all their worth,

Their light and glory, come from Thee.

2.  Thine are the flow’rs that clothe the ground,

The trees that wave their arms above,

The hills that gird our dwellings ’round,

As Thou dost gird Thine own with love.

3.  Yet teach us still how far more fair,

More glorious, Father, in Thy sight,

In one pure deed, one holy prayer,

One heart that owns Thy Spirit’s might.

4.  So while we gaze with thoughtful eye

On all the gifts Thy love has given,

Help us in Thee to live and die,

By Thee to rise from earth to heaven.

Day is Dying in the West   1 comment

The Big Dipper

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Words by Mary A. Lathbury (1841-1913), in 1877

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1.  Day is dying in the west;

Heaven is touching earth with rest;

Wait and worship while the night

Sets her evening lamps alight

Through all the sky.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts!

Heaven and earth are full of Thee!

Heaven and earth are praising Thee,

O Lord most high!

2.  Lord of life, beneath the dome

Of the Universe, Thy home,

Gather us who seek Thy face

To the fold of Thy embrace,

For Thou are nigh.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts!

Heaven and earth are full of Thee!

Heaven and earth are praising Thee,

O Lord most high!

O Light, O Trinity Most Blest!   1 comment

The Constellation Orion, At Which I Have Been Staring Off and On for Years

Image Source = Mouser

Original Latin words from the 600s C.E.; an English composite translation dated to 1890

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

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1.  O light, O Trinity most blest!

True God, supreme and ever best;

As now the sun of day departs,

Outpour Thy beams upon our hearts.

2.  To Thee at morn our hymns we raise,

At evening offer prayer and praise;

And Thou our glorious theme shalt be

Now and through all eternity.

3.  As darkness deepens, Lord, do Thou

A night of quiet rest bestow;

From all our sins grant us release,

And bless us with Thy perfect peace.

O Thou, Who Through This Holy Week   4 comments

Easter Vigil, 2010:  Entering the darkened St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia

Image Source = Bill Monk, Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/atldiophotos/EasterVigilAndEucharistAtStPeterAndStPaulMarietta#5456441189831192594)

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of The United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962), a forerunner of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1987-)

Words by John Mason Neale (1818-1866), a priest of The Church of England and a leading light of the Oxford Movement, plus the author of many hymns

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1.  O Thou, Who through this Holy Week

Did’st suffer for us all;

The sick to heal, the lost to seek,

To raise up them that fall.

2.  We cannot understand the woe

Thy love was pleased to bear;

O Lamb of God, we only know

That all our hopes are there.

3.  Thy feet the path of suff’ring trod;

Thy hands the victory won;

What shall we render to our God

For all that He hath done?

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For All Thy Love and Goodness   2 comments

A Meadow in the Swiss Alps

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Words by Frances Jane Douglass (born 1829) in 1848; revised by her brother, William Walsham How (1823-1897), Anglican Bishop of Wakefield England, in 1871 for Church Hymns

This is a Spring hymn.

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1.  For all Thy love and goodness,

so bountiful and free,

Thy Name, Lord, be adored!

On the wings of joyous praise

our hearts soar up to Thee:

Glory to the Lord!

2.  The springtime breaks all round about,

waking from winter’s night:

Thy Name, Lord, be adored!

The sunshine, like God’s love,

pours down in floods of golden light:

Glory to the Lord!

3.  A voice of joy is in all the earth,

a voice is in all the air:

Thy Name, Lord, be adored!

All nature singeth aloud to God;

there is gladness ev’rywhere:

Glory to the Lord!

4.  The flowers are strewn in field and copse,

on the hill and on the plain:

Thy Name, Lord, be adored!

The soft air stirs in the tender leaves

that clothe the trees again:

Glory to the Lord!

5.  The works of Thy hands are very fair:

and for Thy bounteous love,

Thy Name, Lord, be adored!

But what, if this world is so fair,

is the better land above?

Glory to the Lord!

6.  O to awake from death’s short sleep,

like flowers from their wintry grave!

Thy Name, Lord, be adored!

And to rise all glorious in the day

when Christ shall come to save!

Glory to the Lord!

7.  O to dwell in that happy land,

where the heart cannot choose but sing!

Thy Name, Lord, be adored!

And where the life of the blessed ones

is a beautiful endless spring!

Glory to the Lord!

Alleluia!