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


HYMN 102 His Eye is on the Sparrow

Matthew 6:26; Matthew 10:29-31 Text: Civilla Durfee Martin (1866-1948) Tune: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (1856-1932) 1. Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He: //His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;// R/ I sing because I’m happy, o I sing because I’m free, For His eye is on the sparrow, o And I know He watches me. 2. “Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear, And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears; Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see; //His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches

HYMN 101 Here I am, Lord

1 Samuel 3; Isaiah 6:8 Text: Dan Schutte (b. 1947) Tune: Dan Schutte (b.1947) 1. I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard My people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin, My hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear My light to them? Whom shall I send? R/Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord? I have heard You calling in the night. I will go Lord, if You lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart. 2. I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame. I will set a feast for them, My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide, Till their hearts be satisfied. I will give My life to them, Whom shall I send? R/ MEDITATION The need to hav

HYMN 100 To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord

German: Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam Matthew 28:18-20 Text: Martin Luther (1483-1546) Tune: Johann Walter (1486-1570) 1.To Jordan came the Christ, our Lord, To do His Father’s pleasure; Baptized by John, the Father’s Word Was given us to treasure. This heav’nly washing now shall be A cleansing from transgression And by His blood and agony Release from death’s oppression. A new life now awaits us. 2.O hear and mark the message well, For God Himself has spoken. Let faith, not doubt, among us dwell And so receive this token. Our Lord here with his Word endows Pure water, freely flowing. God’s Holy Spirit here avows Our kinship while bestowing The Baptism of His blessing. 3.These truths

HYMN 99 All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night

Psalm 4:6-8 Text: Thomas Ken (1637-1711). Tune: Thomas Tallis (ca. 1508-1585) 1. All praise to thee, my God, this night, For all the blessings of the light; Keep me, O keep me, King of kings, Beneath thine own almighty wings. 2. Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son, The ills that I this day have done; That with the world, myself, and thee, I, ere I sleep, at peace may be. 3. O may my soul on thee repose, And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close; Sleep that may me more vig'rous make To serve my God when I awake. 4. When in the night I sleepless lie, My soul with heav'nly thoughts supply; Let no ill dreams disturb my rest, No pow'rs of darkness me molest.  5. O when shall I in endless day Fo

HYMN 98 The Music of Heaven/Den himmelske Lovsang

Malagasy: Ny hiran’ny lanitra tsara tokoa Norwegian: Den Himmelske Lovsang Revelation 7:9-12; Text: Elevine Heede (1820-1883)? Tune: James Murray (1841-1905)? 1. The music of heaven is sweeter and richer Than chiming from pure silver bells. More lovely than any of earth’s joyful singing That echoes through forests and valleys and hills. R/Sing glory to God, Sing glory to God In heaven above! O heavenly host, O heavenly host, exult in his name! 2. Like loud, rushing waters, cascading and roaring, All heaven is filled with its voice. The blessed are joyfully praising their Savior And now in his presence forever rejoice. R/ 3. May all join in singing the heavenly praises Whom God has redeem

HYMN 97 How Marvelous God's Greatness/Den blomstertid

Danish: Nu blomstertiden kommer Finnish: Jo joutui armas aika Norwegian: Den blomstertid nå kommer Swedish: Den blomstertid nu kommer Text: Valdimar Briem (1848-1930) Tune: Swedish folk tune (1697) 1. How marvelous God’s greatness, how glorious His might! To this the world bears witness in wonders day and night. In form of flower and snowflake, in morn’s resplendent birth, In afterglow at even, in sky and sea and earth. 2. Each tiny floweret whispers the great life-giver’s Name; The mighty mountain masses His majesty proclaim; The hollow vales are hymning God’s shelter for His own; The snow-capped peaks are pointing to God’s almighty throne. 3. The ocean’s vast abysses in one grand psalm

HYMN 96 Lord, as a Pilgrim

Finnish: Oi Herra, jos mä matkamies maan Norwegian: Styr du min vandring Swedish: När får jag se dig Hebrews 12:1-2 Text: Wilhelm Malmivaara (1854-1922). Tune: Mikael Nyberg (1871-1940); Erik August Hagfors (1827-1913) 1. Lord, as a pilgrim through life I go; Each day your loving presence I know. Travel beside me, Strengthen and guide me, Shepherd divine. 2. Friends have forsaken, you have stood fast; You have been faithful, true to the last; Much I offended, Yet you extended Friendship divine. 3. You are my refuge; grant me, I pray Strength for each burden, light for each day. Comfort in sorrow, Grace for tomorrow, Savior, divine. 4. Lord, let your presence brighten the night Till the

HYMN 95 I Will Sing of My Redeemer

Norwegian: Jeg vil Prise min Gjenløser I Corinthians 15:7 1. I will sing of my Redeemer, He who took the nails for me. I've been purchased, I've been pardoned Bound to Him I'm truly free. R/ Sing, O sing of my Redeemer! With his blood he purchased me; On the cross he sealed my pardon, Paid the debt, and made me free. 2. I will sing of my Redeemer, How He sought me while a slave, Loosed me from the curse of sin and From the power of the grave. R/ 3. I will sing of my Redeemer, Lift my voice to praise my Lord, Ransomed by His blood and mercy I am His forevermore. R/ 4. I will sing of my Redeemer, He who bore my cross, my curse Came a servant, chose to suffer Lifted up and cast from

HYMN 94 I Walk in Danger All The Way

Danish: Jeg går i fare hvor jeg går Norwegian: Jeg går i fare hvor jeg går I Peter 5:8 Text: Hans Adolph Brorson (1694-1764) Tune: Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck (1746-1802) 1. I walk in danger all the way, The thought shall never leave me That Satan, who has marked his prey, Is plotting to deceive me. This foe with hidden snares May seize me unawares If I should fail to watch and pray. I walk in danger all the way. 2. I pass through trials all the way, With sin and ills contending; In patience I must bear each day The cross of God's own sending. When in adversity I know not where to flee, When storms of woe my soul dismay, I pass through trials all the way. 3. And death pursues me all the way

HYMN 93 The Church's One Foundation

Danish: Guds kirkes Grund Alene Norwegian: Guds Kirkes Grunvoll ene er Herren Jesus Krist Swedish: Sin enda grund har kyrkan I Kristus, Frälseren Text: Samuel John Stone (1839-1900) Tune: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) 1. The church's one foundation Is Jesus Christ, her Lord; She is his new creation By water and the Word: From heav'n he came and sought her To be his holy bride; With his own blood he bought her, And for her life he died. 2. Elect from ev'ry nation, Yet one o'er all the earth, Her charter of salvation One Lord, one faith, one birth; One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food, And to one hope she presses, With ev'ry grace endued. 3. Though with a scornful wonder Me

HYMN 92 Day is Dying in the West

Isaiah 6:3 Text: Mary Artemisia Lathbury (1841-1913) Tune: William Fiske Sherwin (1826-1888) 1. Day is dying in the west, Heav'n is touching earth with rest; Wait and worship while the night Sets her evening lamps alight Thru all the sky. R/Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heav'n and earth are full of Thee! Heav'en 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 art nigh. R/ 3. While the deep'ning shadows fall, Heart of Love, enfolding all, Thru the glory and the grace Of the stars that veil Thy face, Our hearts ascend. R/ 4. When forever from

HYMN 91 In Christ Alone

I Corinthians 1:18-25; Text: Stuart Townend: (1963- ). Tune: Keith Getty (1974- ) 1. In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song. This Cornerstone, this solid Ground Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace When fears are stilled, when strivings cease My Comforter, my All in All Here in the love of Christ I stand. 2. In Christ alone! - who took on flesh, Fullness of God in helpless babe. This gift of love and righteousness, Scorned by the ones He came to save Till on that cross as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied  For every sin on Him was laid Here in the death of Christ I live. 3. There in the ground His

HYMN 90 Come Down, O Love Divine

Norwegian: Kom, du Guds kjærleik, kom! Colossians 3:9-10 Text: Bianco da Siena (ca.1346-1434) Tune: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 1. Come down, O Love divine, Seek thou this soul of mine, And visit it with thine own ardor glowing; O Comforter, draw near, Within my heart appear, And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing. 2. O let it freely burn, Till earthly passions turn To dust and ashes in its heat consuming; And let thy glorious light Shine ever on my sight, And clothe me round, the while my path illuming. 3. Let holy charity Mine outward vesture be, And lowliness become my inward clothing; True lowliness of heart, Which takes the humbler part, And o’er its own shortcomings w

HYMN 89 Lord, Our God, With Praise We Come Before Thee

Norwegian: Herre Gud, ditt dyre navn og ære Matthew 6:9b Hallowed be thy name Text: Petter Dass (1647-1707). Tune: Folk tune from Romedal 1. Lord, our God, with praise we come before thee, Let all nations humbly now implore thee And all endeavor To serve thee ever And ceasing never May we forever Adore thee. 2. With great joy we hear the Lord’s creation Praising God as is their obligation. The desert flowers, The woodland bowers Proclaim God’s power With ev’ry hour Jubilation. 3. If the church would ever cease its praising Of God's name, its hymns of glory raising, The stones would cry out, Dry bones would sigh out, And not be quiet For all would try out God’s praising. 4. Then one day

HYMN 88 The Numberless Gifts of God's Mercies

Swedish: Jag kann icke räckna dem alle Genesis 26:4; Matthew 18:21-35 Text: Lina Sandell (1832-1903). Tune: Albert Lindström (1853-1935) 1. The numberless gifts of God’s mercies, My tongue cannot fathom nor tell. Like dew that appears in the morning They come to us shining and full, The numberless gifts of God's mercies, My tongue cannot fathom nor tell. 2. Like all of the stars in the heavens, God’s mercies can never be told. They shine through the darkness of midnight, Their beauties can never grow old; Like all of the stars in the heavens, God's mercies can never be told. 3. I’ll never count all of God’s mercies, But, O, I can give him my praise! For all of that love, my thanksgiving A

HYMN 87 Just a Closer Walk with Thee

This can be found in hymnals around the world in English 2 Corinthians 5:7; James 4:8; Text: Anonymous Tune: arr. Kenneth Morris (1917-1989) R/Just a closer walk with Thee, Grant it, Jesus, is my plea, Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be. 1. I am weak, but Thou art strong, Jesus, keep me from all wrong, I’ll be satisfied as long As I walk, let me walk close to Thee. R/ 2. Through this world of toil and snares, If I falter, Lord, who cares? Who with me my burden shares? None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. R/ 3. When my feeble life is o’er, Time for me will be no more, Guide me gently, safely o’er To Thy kingdom's shore, to Thy shore. R/ MEDI

HYMN 86 The Sun Now Shines in all its Splendor/I al sin glans

Danish: I al sin glans Icelandic: Í öllum ljóma logar sólin Norwegian: I all sin glans Swedish: I al sin glans Revelation 22:1 Text: Nicolaj Fredrik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872) Tune: Hans Rung (1807-1871) 1. The sun now shines in all its splendor; The light of life with mercy tender. The Pentecost white lilies grow And summer sparkles high and low. Sweet voices sing of harvest gold And with God’s praise a thousand fold. 2. The peaceful nightingales are filling The summer night with music thrilling So all that to the Lord belongs May sleep in peace and wake with song. While dreaming of God’s Paradise And with God’s praise at daylight rise. 3. The Spirit breathes upon the flowers; It whispe

HYMN 85 On Eagle's Wings

Psalm 91; Exodus 32:11 Text: Jan Michael Joncas (1951- ). Tune: (Jan Michael Joncas (1951-) 1. You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, Who abide in His shadow for life Say to the Lord: "My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!" R/And He will raise you up on eagles' wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun And hold you in the palm of His hand 2. The snare of the fowler will never capture you And famine will bring you no fear; Under His wings your refuge, His faithfulness your shield R/ 3. You need not fear the terror of the night, Nor the arrow that flies by day. Though thousands fall about you, near you it shall not come R/ 4. For to his angels he's given a

HYMN 84 Now All The Woods Are Sleeping

German: Nun ruhen alle wälder Danish: Nu hviler mark og enge Icelandic: Nú fjöll og byggðer blunda Norwegian: No kviler skog og lundar Swedish: Nu vilar folk och länder Psalm 4:8; Psalm 16:7; Text: Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) Tune: Heinrich Isaac (ca. 1450-1517) 1 Now all the woods are sleeping, And night and stillness creeping O’er city, man, and beast; But thou, my heart, awake thee, To prayer awhile betake thee, And praise thy Maker ere thou rest. 2 O sun! where art thou vanished? The night thy light hath banished The ancient foe, the night; God then for now appeareth Another Sun, and cheereth My heart--'tis Jesus Christ, my Light! 3 The last faint beam is going, The golden stars are glowi

HYMN 83 On my Heart Imprint your Image

Danish: Skriv Dig, Jesus, på mit hjerte Norwegian: Skriv Deg, Jesus, på mitt hjerte John 19:19-22 Text: Thomas Kingo (1634-1703). Tune: Louis Bourgeois (1510-1561) 1. On my heart imprint your image, Blessed Jesus, King of grace, That life's riches, cares, and pleasures Never may your work erase; Let the clear inscription be: Jesus, crucified for me, Is my Life, my hope's foundation, And my glory and salvation! Translator: Peer Strømme (1856-1921) MEDITATION My father, raised by a very pious couple, his adoptive parents, was steeped in Norwegian piety and practice. Every night at their evening devotions they would sing this hymn in Norwegian. It became an evening or closing hymn for many. M


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