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St. John's Lutheran Church, Philadelphia

Above:  St. John’s Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1935

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = HABS PA,51-PHILA,555–1

Joseph Augustus Seiss (1823-1904), a prominent Lutheran minister in the United States, served as pastor at St. John’s, Philadelphia, from 1858 to 1874.



Jesus, Master, Son of God:


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O Son of God, We Wait for Thee:


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Jesus, Master, Son of God   1 comment


Above:  The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, January 23, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Words (1899) by Joseph Augustus Seiss (1823-1904)

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its predecessors


1.  Jesus, Master, Son of God,

Rich in gifts for human good,

Given Thyself for us, for all,

Thou dost many servants call.

2.  By Thy mercy and Thy love,

Through Thy Spirit from above,

Plenteous grace to each is given–

Grace to serve the Lord of heaven.

3.  Thanks for those devoted hands,

Who, with earnest hearts and hands,

Wait and work the sick to cheer,

Spreading mercies far and near.

4.  While the sacred cross they bear,

Grant them Thy rewards to share;

Be their Help where’er they go,

Bearing balm for human woe.

5.  Guide and bless them on their way;

Let Thy Spirit be their stay;

May their numbers, Lord, increase,

Bring them to Thy heavenly peace.

Winter Reigns O’er Many a Region   1 comment

Creek Covered by Ice and Snow in Winter

Above:  Creek Covered by Ice and Snow in Winter

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its predecessors

Original German Words (1847) by Leonhard Meisser (1903-1872)

English Translation (1890) by Joseph Augustus Seiss (1823-1904)


1.  Winter reigns o’er many a region,

Many a seed-field fallow lies;

When, O Lord, shall come the springtime

With its quickening energies?

When shall this long night be ended?

When the morning dawn appear?

When shall drought give place to freshness?

When these deserts bloom with cheer?

2.  Lord, Thy Church is ever praying;

Now her anxious yearnings bear;

Speed the triumphs of Thy Kingdom,

Spread its victories far and near.

Own the work, Thy grace attend it,

Which we undertake for Thee,

Let a holy love inflame us;

Kindle zeal and fervency.

3.  That Thy fields be rightly cultured,

Send the laborers we need,–

men to light the heavy darkness,

Sow the wastes with precious seed.

Then send down the gentle showers,

Make Thy gracious sunlight shine,

That each field may joy with blessing,

Bringing forth the fruits divine.

4.  By the breezes of Thy Spirit,

Fan all deadness into life;

Bless the seeds to Thee upspringing,

Keep each plant from blast and strife.

And, ye toilers in this seeding,

Know the promise God hath given:

Glorious crowns await the faithful,

And eternal gains in heaven.

O Son of God, We Wait for Thee   1 comment

Christ in Majesty Icon

Above:  Christ in Majesty Icon

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Words by Philip Friedrich Hiller (1699-1769)

English Translation by Joseph Augustus Seiss (1823-1904)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996), Evangelical Lutheran Synod


1.  O Son of God, we wait for Thee,

We long for Thine appearing;

We know Thou sittest on the throne,

And we Thy name are bearing.

Who trusts in Thee,

May joyful be,

And see Thee, Lord, descending,

To bring us bliss unending.

2.  We wait for Thee, ‘mid toil and pain,

In weariness and sighing;

But glad that Thou our guilt hast borne,

And cancelled it by dying.

Hence, cheerfully

May we with Thee

Take up our cross and bear it,

Till we relief inherit.

3.  We wait for Thee; here Thou hast won

Our hearts to hope and duty;

But while our spirits feel Thee near,

Our eyes would see Thy beauty;

We fain would be

At rest with Thee

In peace and joy supernal,

In glorious life eternal.

4.  We wait for Thee; soon Thou wilt come,

The time is swiftly nearing;

In this we also do rejoice,

And long for Thine appearing,

O bliss ’twill be

When Thee we see,

Homeward Thy people bringing,

With transport and with singing!

Fairest Lord Jesus   1 comment

Above:  Christ with Beard

Image in the Public Domain

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


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.