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The image above is of Dorothe Engelbretsdatter (1636-1716) the first known Norwegian woman hymn writer.


HYMN 72 The Apostles all Went to Jerusalem/Apostlene sad I Jerusalem

Danish: Apostlene sad i Jerusalem Norwegian: Apostlene satt i Jerusalem Acts 2:1-13; Text: Nicolaj Fredrik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872). Tune: Ludvig Mathias Lindeman (1812-1887) 1. Th’apostles all went to Jerusalem To wait for the Spirit’s coming And suddenly they heard a rushing wind Like thousands of bright bells ringing. 2. It moved them with gladness so wonderful, A new thing no one had heard of A rushing wind from heaven above Where all their names were written. 3. It spoke to them with a living word That now was blowing freshly, At table with their living Lord That brought to earth new blessings. 4. They heard it in Zion, a rushing wind That filled their sails with power, Come fr

HYMN 71 A Mighty Fortress is our God

German: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott Danish: Vor Gud han er så fast en borg Norwegian: Vår Gud han er så fast en borg Swedish: Vår Gud är oss en väldig borg Psalm 46 Text: Martin Luther (1483-1546) Tune: Martin Luther (1483-1546) 1 A mighty fortress is our God, A sword and shield victorious He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod And wins salvation glorious. The old satanic foe Has sworn to work us woe! With craft and dreadful might He arms himself to fight, On earth he has no equal! 2. No strength of ours can match his might! We would be lost, rejected. But now a champion comes to fight, Whom God himself elected. You ask who this may be? The Lord of hosts is he! Christ Jesus, mighty Lord. Go

HYMN 70 Hear Me, Heaven's Smithy

Icelandic: Heyr, himna smiður Danish: Hør mig, skaber mild! Norwegian: Himmelskapar, høyr bøn fra den som døyr! Isaiah 53:1-5; John 12:32 Text: Kolbeinn Tumason (1173-1208). Tune: Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-) 1. Hear me, heaven’s smithy, What your poet bids thee, Mildly come to meet me With thy love and mercy. So I call on thee Thou hast created me I am thy servant, Thou my Savior, Lord. 2. God, I cry to thee Heal me, comfort me In my deepest need I humbly plead. Heaven's might ruler In your might and pow'r Take away my grief, In the city of my heart. 3. Keep me, gentle one How we need thee now, Now in every hour In this frail world. Keep us, virgin's son Thou of all good works All co

HYMN 69 Every Time I Feel the Spirit

Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 5:15-20 Text: Anonymous, African-American Spiritual Tune: Traditional, African-American Spiritual R/Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart, I will pray Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart, I will pray. 1. Upon the mountain my Lord spoke Out of His mouth came fire and smoke Looked all around me, it looked so fine Till I asked my Lord if all was mine. R/ 2. Jordan river, is chilly an' cold It chills the body but not the soul There ain't but one train, upon this track It runs to heaven, an' right back. R/ 3. Down in the valley, when I feel weak It's when the devil, usually speaks Because he's crafty, and full of lies I need the Spirit to keep m

HYMN 68 Nearer, My God, To Thee

Norwegian: Nærmere, deg, min Gud Danish: Nærmere, Gud til dig Genesis 28:11-19 Text: Sarah Flower Adams (1805-1848). Tune: Lowell Mason (1792-1872) 1. Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me, Still all my song shall be, R/Nearer, my God, to thee; Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 2. Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, Darkness be over me, my rest a stone; Yet in my dreams I'd be R/ 3.There let the way appear, steps unto heaven; All that thou sendest me, in mercy given; Angels to beckon me R/ 4 Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise, Out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise; So by my woes to be R/ 5 Or if, on

HYMN 67 With God and his Friendship

Swedish: Med Gud och hans vänskap John 15:12-15 Text: Carl Olof Rosenius (1816-1868) Tune: Oskar Ahnfelt (1813-1882) 1. With God as our friend, with his Spirit and Word, And loving communion at altar and board, We meet with assurance the dawn of each day: The Shepherd is with us, The Shepherd is with us, To lead and protect us and teach us the way. 2. In perilous times, amid tempests and night, A band presses on through the gloom toward the light; Though humble and meek, and disowned by the world, They follow the Savior, They follow the Savior, And march on to glory, with banners unfurled. 3. While groveling worldlings with dross are content, And ever on sin and transgression are bent, I fol

HYMN 66 Battle Hymn of the Republic

HYMN 66 Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord Isaiah 63:3; Revelation 20:11-12; Text: Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910). Tune: American Folk 1. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword, His truth is marching on, R/Glory, glory, Hallelujah! Glory, glory, Hallelujah! Glory, glory, Hallelujah! His truth is marching on. 2. I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps, They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps. I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps His day is marching on:

HYMN 65 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, The King of Creation

German: Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren Norwegian: Lovsyng vår Herre, den mektige konge med ære Psalm 103:1; Psalm 150; Text: Joachim Neander (1650-1680) Tune: Anonymous. First published in Praxis Pietatis Melica 1668. 1. Praise to the Lord! the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near, Join me in glad adoration! 2. Praise to the Lord! who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth, Shelters thee under His wings, yea so gently sustaineth; Hast thou not seen How thy desires have been Granted in what He ordaineth? 3. Praise to the Lord! who has fearfully, wonderfully, made thee, Healt

HYMN 64 You Raise Me Up

2 Corinthians 12:5-10 Text: Brendan Graham (1945-) Tune: Rolf Løvland (1955-) 1. When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary, When troubles come, and my heart burdened be, Then, I am still and wait here in the silence Until you come and sit awhile with me. R/You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains, You raise me up to walk on stormy seas, I am strong when I am on your shoulders, You raise me up to more than I can be. 2. There is no life, no life without its hunger; Each restless heart beats so imperfectly; But when you come and I am filled with wonder Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity. R/ MEDITATION For the most part we have emerged from the worship wars. They began in the 1960s when

HYMN 63 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

1 Samuel 7:12 Text: Robert Robinson (1735-1790). Tune: Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second 1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise: Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above; Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it Mount of thy redeeming love. 2. Here I raise my Ebenezer, Hither by thy help I've come; And I hope, by thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wand'ring from the fold of God; He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed with precious blood. 3. O! to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness

HYMN 62 At the Name of Jesus

Philippians 2:5-11 Caroline Maria Noel (1817-1877). Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 1. At the name of Jesus ev'ry knee shall bow, Ev'ry tongue confess him King of glory now. 'Tis the Father's pleasure we should call him Lord, Who from the beginning was the mighty Word. 2. At his voice creation sprang at once to sight, All the angel faces, all the hosts of light, Thrones and dominations, stars upon their way, All the heav'nly orders in their great array. 3. Humbled for a season to receive a name From the lips of sinners unto whom he came, Faithfully he bore it spotless to the last, Brought it back victorious, when from death he passed. 4. In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue

HYMN 61 Go, Forth My Heart, this Summer Day

German: Geh Aus, mein Herz und suche Freud Norwegian: I denne fagre Sommartid Danish: Gak ud, min Sjæl, betragt med flid Swedish: I denne ljuva Sommartid Revelation 22: 1-2 Text: Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676). Tune: August Harder (1775-1813) or Nathan Söderblom (1866-1931) 1. Go forth, my heart, this summer day Go forth and seek your joyful way With thanks for all these pleasures! See, all around the earth is new, God has adorned the world for you. //With wonderful green treasures// 2. The trees are covered now with leaves The dust of earth is swathed in green, A lovely robe of color. The tulip and narcissus rare Are dressed in clothes beyond compare, //Past Solomon's great splendor.// 3. The

HYMN 60 When Apple Branches White with Flow'rs

Danish: Når æbletræets hvide gren Acts 1:6-11 Text: Lisbeth Smedegaard Andersen (1934- ) René Arvid Jensen (19--) 1. When apple branches white with flow’rs Strew petals on my walk and stairs, The air is filled with lovely hints Of newly blossomed beech tree scents, I know that once again it’s May And summer’s on the way, I know that once again it’s May And summers on the way. 2. It’s May, and Christ's Ascension time, Behind the clouds our vision climbs And sees a blessed shining sun That’s streaming from a royal throne Which opens up the heav’nly way For Pentecost’s new day. And opens up the heavenly way For Pentecost’s new day. 3. The Holy Spirit’s rushing wings Are loos’ning up our speech

HYMN 59 My God, How Wonderful Thou Art

Isaiah 6:1-3 Text: Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) Tune: Dundee 1. My God, how wonderful thou art, Thy majesty how bright. How beautiful thy mercy seat In depths of burning light. 2. Wondrous are thine eternal years, O everlasting Lord, By holy angels day and night Unceasingly adored! 3. O how I fear thee, living God, With deepest, tend'rest fears, And worship thee with trembling hope And penitential tears! 4. Yet I may love thee too, O Lord, Almighty as thou art, For thou hast stooped to ask of me The love of my poor heart. 5. No earthly father loves like thee, No mother half so mild Bears and forbears, as thou hast done With me, thy sinful child. 6. How wonderful, how beautiful, The

HYMN 58 The Leaves Upon the Linden

Norwegian: No Levnar det i Lundar Psalm 127:1-2; Text: Elias Blix (1836-1902). Tune: Ludvig Lindemann (1812-1887) 1. The leaves upon the linden Are growing in the lees, The whole creation blossoms With budding summer trees. 2. The lovely days when springtime Comes north and water flows, And out of this great wonder, New life springs forth and grows. 3. God’s church with light shall blossom, A city on a hill. All through the dark of winter, And when the sun is full. 4. God’s Word is always shining, A light that will not cease. A house built by the Spirit Will shine in light and peace. 5. But once there came a winter Into the church’s yard As if the Lord were hidden Abandoned with his a

HYMN 57 All Things Bright and Beautiful

Genesis 1:31 Text: Cecil Frances Humphries Alexander (1818-1895) Tune: Martin Shaw (1875-1958) R/All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. 1. Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings. R/All things bright ... 2. The purple headed mountain, The river running by, The sunset and the morning, That brightens up the sky;− R/All things bright ... 3. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun, The ripe fruits in the garden,− He made them every one: R/All things bright ... 4. He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell,

HYMN 56 For by Grace You Have Been Saved

Finnish: Armolaulu Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Philippians 4:12-13 1. The grace of God is surely all sufficient for me, For the strength of God is always perfect in weakness. When I'm weak, then I am strong. This is God´s great gift. Amen. R/ For by grace we have been saved and even faith is not our own. It's the gift of God for us and not the works that we have done. Don't let anybody boast of this, it's God's great gift. Amen. 2. This weakness with contentment I accept in myself, All my hardships, pains and griefs that lie deep within myself. When I'm weak, then I am strong. This is God's great gift. Amen. R/ Tr. Composite Text: Kari Tikka (1946-) Tune: Kari Tikka (1946-) MED

HYMN 55 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Psalm 90 Text: Isaac Watts (1674-1748) Tune: William Croft (1678-1727) 1. O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home; 2. Under the shadow of thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure; Sufficient is thine arm alone, And our defense is sure. 3. Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame, From everlasting thou art God, To endless years the same. 4. A thousand ages in thy sight Are like an evening gone, Short as the watch that ends the night Before the rising sun. 5. Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day. 6. O God, our help in age

HYMN 54 The Spring Has Clothed the Earth in Green

Swedish: En vänlig grönska rika dräkt Psalm 90 Text: Carl David af Wirsén (1842-1912) Tune: Gustav Waldemar Åhlen (1894-1982) 1. The spring has clothed the earth in green, Each meadow, hill and valley. The gentle breeze wafts fresh and clean Above the fragrant lily. The sun above The leafy grove The sigh of water flowing— All tell of winter’s going. 2. The birds are singing in the light; With joy they praise creation. Their music rises clear and bright In joyful celebration. Their song goes up In joy and hope To praise the one who made them, Whose life and love sustain them. 3. For you, O God, have made this all, The earth, its joy and wonder. Help me to hear you when you call To hear your

HYMN 53 Go With Courage When You Go

Danish: Altid frejdig når du går Norwegian: Alltid freidig når du går Matthew 10:39; John 10:10; Text: Christian Richardt (1831-1882). Tune: Christopher Ernst Frederik Weyse (1774-1842) 1. Go with courage when you go Ways where God would venture Even if you find your goal Only at your ending. 2. Never fear the pow’r of dark; Stars will light your wand’rings. With the Lord’s Pray in your heart, You will never falter. 3. Fight for all that you hold dear; Die if it is needed. Life is nothing you need fear, Nor can death defeat you. Tr. Gracia Grindal 2011 MEDITATION The hymn for today was an important hymn in Denmark and Norway during World War II, now 75 years after it was concluded. Many p


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