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


HYMN 133 Veni Sancte Spiritus, Taizé

Norwegian: Heilag Ande, Kom til oss John 4: 13-15 Text: Medieval Prayer Tune: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994) Holy Spirit come to us Light in us the fire of love Holy Spirit come to us MEDITATION The Taizé movement started in 1940 when the founder of the community decided that with the defeat of France by the Germans, there needed to be spiritual reconciliation. Brother Robert Schütz, a Reformed Protestant from Switzerland, a neutral country, found a place in Taizé, just north of Cluny, which had once been the largest church in Western Christendom. While he was home in Switzerland raising money for his project, the Gestapo took over the house and prevented him from returning. Brother Roger pub

HYMN 132 I Surrender All

Norwegian: Alt for Jesus fot jeg legger Luke 14:31-33 Test: Justin Wheeler van deVenter (1855-1939) Tune: Winfield S. Wedeen (1847-1908) 1 All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live. R/I surrender all, I surrender all; All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all. 2 All to Jesus I surrender, Make me, Savior, wholly Thine; Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit, Truly know that Thou art mine. R/ 3 All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee; Fill me with Thy love and power, Let Thy blessing fall on me. R/ MEDITATION Oprah Winfrey was working out, trying to lose weight enough so she could be considered for the role of Sofie

HYMN 131 If Everything within Me

Danish: Om alle mine lemmer Norwegian: Om alle mine lemmer Psalm 16 Text: Petter Dass (1647-1707) Tune: Sigvald Tveit (1945-2019) 1. If everything within me Were filled with joyful song, And all could raise their voices In praise to God alone And sing both day and night, They could not tell God’s glory, His treasure’s depths or height. 2. And if I were to tell you The story of my life, My fate and my good fortune, The troubles and the strife, I could do nothing less Than marvel at the wonder Of Jesus’ graciousness. 3. I know the fleeting summer Is but a little while; That winter follows autumn And colors my hair white. I see the springtime trees Grow heavy with the harvest, Feel winter i

HYMN 130 Open My Eyes that I May See

German: Öffne mein Auge, Lass mich seh’n Psalm 119:118 Text: Clara H. Fiske Scott (1841-1897) Tune: Clara H . Fiske Scott (1841-1897) 1. Open my eyes, that I may see Glimpses of truth thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp and set me free R/Silently now I wait for thee Ready, my God, thy will to see Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine! 2. Open my ears, that I may hear Voices of truth thou sendest clear; And while the wavenotes fall on my ear Everything false will disappear. R/ 3. Open my mouth, and let me bear Gladly the warm truth everywhere; Open my heart; and let me prepare Love with your children thus to share. R/ MEDITATION Many people know th

HYMN 129 I Know a Kingdom Without End

Danish: Jeg ved et evigt himmerig German: Ich weiss ein ewiges Himmelreich Norwegian: Eg veit i himmelen ei borg Revelation 21 Text: Hans Christensen Sthen (1544-1610) Tune: Hallingdal Folktune Congregation: 1. I know a kingdom without end, Where shines a bright tomorrow. There is no weeping there, nor sin, No any tears of sorrow. Congregation: 2. Within it dwells God’s only Son In splendor and in glory; My hope and comfort, he’s the one Who waits in heaven for me. Congregation: 3. A pilgrim here, I’m on my way, Away from my deceiver. I’m bound for heav’n, I long to be Beside the crystal river. Christ: 4. I have redeemed you with my blood And I will come to greet you. I’ll fill your heart w

HYMN 128 Lord, Jesus Christ, Be Present Now

Danish: O Herre Krist! Dig til oss vend German: Herr Jesus Christ, dich zu uns wend Norwegian: O Herre Krist, deg til oss vend Swedish: O Jesus Krist, dig till oss vänd Isaiah 6:6-8 Text: Duke Wilhelm II Saxe-Weimar (1598-1662). Tune: Anonymous, 1628 1. Lord Jesus Christ, be present now, Our hearts in true devotion bow, Your Spirit send with grace divine, And let your truth within us shine. 2. Unseal our lips to sing your praise, Our souls to you in worship raise, Make strong our faith, increase our light, That we may know your name aright. 3. Until we join the hosts that cry, "Holy are you, O Lord Most High!" And in the light of that blest place Fore'er behold you face to face. 4. Glory t

HYMN 127 There is a Balm in Gilead

Jeremiah 8:22; Text: African American Spiritual Tune: African American Spiritual R/There is a balm in Gilead To make the wounded whole, There is a balm in Gilead To heal the sin-sick soul. 1. Sometimes I feel discouraged And think my work's in vain, But then the Holy Spirit Revives my soul again. R/ 2. If you cannot preach like Peter, If you cannot pray like Paul, You can tell the love of Jesus And say, "He died for all." R/ MEDITATION This feels right, just now. I need some balm. The balm of Gilead. Gilead is a place east of the Jordan River, now in the state of Jordan, a fertile area where trees could be found from which the balm of Gilead was made. Doctors were said to live there to co

HYMN 126 I Bind Unto Myself This Day/St. Patrick's Breastplate

Ephesians 6:10-17 Text: St. Patrick (5th century, probably) Tune: Irish folk 1. I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity by invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three. 2. I bind this day to me forever, by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation, his baptism in the Jordan river, his death on cross for my salvation, his bursting from the spiced tomb, his riding up the heavenly way, his coming at the day of doom, I bind unto myself today. 3. I bind unto myself today the virtues of the starlit heaven, the glorious sun’s life-giving ray, the whiteness of the moon at even, the flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks, the stable earth, the

HYMN 125 Be Still, My Soul/Finlandia

German: Stille, mein Wille, dein Jesu hilft siegen Luke 21:19 Text: Catharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel (1697-ca. 1797) Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) 1. Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side; Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; Leave to your God to order and provide; In ev'ry change he faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: your best, your heav'nly Friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. 2. Be still, my soul: your God will undertake To guide the future as he has the past. Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below. 3. Be still,

HYMN 124 Jesus, the Only One/Jesus, det eneste

Danish: Jesus, det eneste Finnish: Jeesus, sä ainoa Norwegian: Jesus, det eneste Swedish: Jesus, det renaste Acts 4:12 Text: Ole Theodor Moe (1863-1922). Tune: Caroline Volla Sørlie (1869-1953) 1. Jesus, the only one, Purest and holy one, Greatest of names we can ever express! Filled with bright clarity, Filled with God’s charity, Filled with God’s pow’r and the truth we confess. 2. When troubles come my way, I’m never cast away, Out of your loving and holy embrace. When friends abandon me, Lord, you remember me, Call me by name for you've saved me by grace. 3. Hear as I sing my song, Lord, as you lead me on, Wherever, whenever it serves you best. Always upholding me, Teach me, embolden

HYMN 123 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Norwegian: Klippe, du som brast for meg Swedish: Klippa, du som brast för mig Text: Augustus M. Toplady (1740-1778) Tune: Thomas Hastings (1784-1872) 1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy riven side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from its guilt and power. 2. Not the labor of my hands Can fulfill Thy law's demands; Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, All for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone. 3. Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling; Naked, come to Thee for dress; Helpless, look to Thee for grace; Foul, I to the fountain fly; Wash me, Savior, or I die

HYMN 122 Like Noah's Weary Dove

Genesis 8:6-12; Deuteronomy 30:19-20 Text: William Augustus Muhlenberg (1796-1877) Tune: Kentucky 93rd/William Walker? (1809-1875) 1. Like Noah's weary dove, That soar'd the earth around, But not a resting place above The cheerless waters found; 2. O cease, my wandering soul, On restless wings to roam; All the wide world, to either pole, Has not for thee a home. 3. Behold the Ark of God, Behold the open door; Hasten to gain that dear abode, And rove, my soul, no more. 4. There, safe thou shalt abide, There, sweet shall be thy rest, And every longing satisfied, With full salvation blest. 5. And, when the waves of ire Again the earth shall fill, The Ark shall ride the sea of fire, Then rest o

HYMN 121 All Glory Be to God on High

Danish: Aleneste Gud i Himmerig German: Allein Gott in der höh sei ehr Icelandic: Guð faðer lof og þökksé þér Norwegian: Alene Gud I himmerik Swedish: Allena Gud I himmelrik Text: Nicolaus Decius (1485-1546) Tune: Gregorian chant arr. Nicolaus Decius (1485-1546) 1. All glory be to God on high, Who hath our race befriended! To us no harm shall now come nigh, The strife at last is ended. God showeth His good will to men, And peace shall reign on earth again; O thank Him for His goodness! 2. We praise, we worship Thee, we trust, And give Thee thanks forever, O Father, that Thy rule is just And wise, and changes never. Thy boundless pow'r o'er all things reigns, Done is whate'er Thy will ordains

HYMN 120 Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow

Danish: Igjennem Nat og Trængsel Romans 15:4-9; Ephesians 4:4-8; Text: Bernard Severin Ingemann (1789-1862) Tune: St. Oswald, Beecher, Ebenezer 1. Through the night of doubt and sorrow Onward goes the pilgrim band, Singing songs of expectation, Marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness Gleams and burns the guiding light; Pilgrim clasps the hand of pilgrim, Stepping fearless through the night. 2. One the light of God's own presence O'er his ransomed people shed, Chasing far the gloom and terror, Brightening all the path we tread: One the object of our journey, One the faith which never tires, One the earnest looking forward, One the hope our God inspires: 3. One

HYMN 119 Is it True that Jesus is My Brother?

Norwegian: Er det sant at Jesus er min broder? Swedish: Är det sant att Jesus är min broder? Roman 8:12-17; Text: Lina Sandell (1832-1903). Tune: Oscar Ahnfelt (1813-1882) or Norwegian folk tune 1. Is it true that Jesus is my brother? Is it true his bounty is my own? Then, be gone, my tears and pain and suffering. I am free, my fearfulness is gone! 2. Oh, how wonderful to know Christ loved me When he died for me upon the cross! So much grace for this poor sinner given From my Lord who did not count the cost. 3. Jesus said, “My Father is your Father,” Jesus said, “My God will be your God!” Oh, my soul, rejoice with songs of gladness We are one with Christ, oh, glorious thought! 4. We are

HYMN 118 If God Himself be for Me

German: Ist Gott für mich Norwegian: Er Gud for meg, så trede Romans 8:31-39 Text: Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) Tune: Melchior Teschner (1584-1635) 1. If God Himself be for me, I may a host defy; For when I pray, before me My foes confounded, fly. If Christ, my Head and Master, Befriend me from above, What foe or what disaster Can drive me from His love? 2. This I believe, yea, rather, Of this I make my boast, That God is my dear Father, The Friend who loves me most, And that, whate'er betide me, My Savior is at hand Thro' stormy seas to guide me And bring me safe to land. 3. I build on this foundation, That Jesus and His blood Alone are my salvation, The true, eternal good. Without Him all

HYMN 117 Jesus' Name/Navnet Jesus

Norwegian: Navnet Jesus bleikner aldrig Psalm 72:17 Text: David Welander (1896-1967). Tune: Zulu Melody 1. Jesus’ Name will live forever, Nothing can destroy its might. Jesus’ Name, it is eternal, It is pow’r and it is right. The good news for all who hear it, With the pow’r to make thing new, When it’s spoken it will gather All to hear for it is true. R/ Jesus’ Name, will live forever, Nothing can destroy its might. Jesus’ Name, it is eternal, It is pow’r and it is right. 2. Jesus’ Name, how good to hear it, Let it sound throughout the world Nothing else will bring us comfort, Hope comes only at his word. At this Name all earth will tremble, Evil fly before its pow’r. At the Name will come

HYMN 116 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Text: Charles Wesley (1707-1788) Tune: Hyfrydol Rowland Huw Prichard (1811-1887) Beecher: John Zundel (1815-1882) Blauenwern: William Penfro Rowlands (1860-1937) 1. Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav'n to earth come down: Fix in us thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful mercies crown: Jesus, thou art all compassion, Pure, unbounded love thou art; Visit us with thy salvation, Enter ev'ry trembling heart. 2. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit Into ev'ry troubled breast; Let us all in thee inherit, Let us find the promised rest: Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its Beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. 3. Come, Almighty to deliver, Let us all thy

HYMN 115 To God be the Glory

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) William Howard Doane (1832-1915) Andraé Crouch (1942-2015) 1. To God be the glory, great things he has done! So loved he the world that he gave us his Son, who yielded his life an atonement for sin, and opened the life gate that we may go in. R/Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thro' Jesus the Son, And give him the glory, great things he has done! 2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood! To ev'ry believer the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from Jesus forgiveness receives. R/ 3. Great things he has taught


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