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HYMN 223 In Heav'n is Joy and Gladness

Norwegian: Hos Gud er evig glede Psalm 126 Text: Johan Nordahl Brun (1745-1816). Tune: Norwegian folktune from Nordmøre 1. In heav’n is joy and gladness, But while I linger here I must endure the brambles And suffer through my tears. For though there are great trials That worry me below, I will live through this darkness, Then heaven’s joy I’ll know. 2. Though some prefer this desert, And find their joy on earth, I’ll gladly bear my sorrow And sow in bitter tears. Then I will reap in gladness; My sheaves I’ll gather in For though the fool may taunt me I would not change with him. 3. For I shall soon see Jesus, My hope, my joy, my stay. The crosses I have suffered He then will take away.

HYMN 222 Oh, What their Joy and their Glory Must be!

Latin: O quanta qualia Text: Peter Abelard (1079-1142) Tune: O quanta qualia 16th century, French Antiphoner 1. Oh, what their joy and their glory must be, Those endless Sabbaths the blessed ones see! Crowns for the valiant, to weary ones rest; God shall be all, and in all, ever blest. 2. In new Jerusalem joy shall be found, Blessings of peace shall forever abound; Wish and fulfillment are not severed there, Nor the things prayed for come short of the pray'r. 3. We, where no troubles distraction can bring, Safely the anthems of Zion shall sing; While for Your grace, Lord, their voices of praise Your blessed people shall evermore raise. 4. Now let us worship our Lord and our King, Joyfully r

HYMN 221 I'm Just a Poor, Wayfaring Stranger

Hebrews 11:13-16 Text: Anonymous Spiritual folk song Tune: Anonymous from Christian Songster 1858 1. I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger, I’m trav’ling through this world below; There is no sickness, toil, nor danger, In that bright world to which I go. I’m going there to see my father, I’m going there no more to roam; I’m just a going over Jordan, I’m just a going over home. 2. I know dark clouds will gather o’er me, I know my pathway’s rough and steep; But golden fields lie out before me, Where weary eyes no more shall weep. I’m going there to see my mother, She said she’d meet me when I come; I’m just a going over Jordan, I’m just a going over home. 3. I want to sing salvation’s story, I

HYMN 220 The Beatitudes

Matthew 5: 1-12 All Saints Sunday Lectionary hymn by Gracia Grindal Text: Gracia Grindal (1943-). Tune: Daniel Charles Damon (1945-); or Holy Manna 1. “Blessed are the poor in spirit; Heaven shall be yours,” Christ said, “Blessed are the ones who sorrow, You will soon be comforted. Blessed are the meek and humble; You will soon possess the earth. Blest are those who thirst and hunger After truth and righteousness. 2. “Blessed are the ones whose mercy Helps the poor, those in distress, One day they’ll be brimming over With the love that they confess.” Jesus spoke again and told them. “Blessed are the pure in heart; My word fills the soul and cleans it; It will stay and not depart. 3. Jesus b

HYMN 219 Dear Christians, One and All Rejoice

Danish: Nu fryde sig, hver Kristen mand German: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein Norwegian: Nå fryd deg, Kristne menighet Text: Martin Luther (1483-1546) Tune: Nürnberg (1523) 1. Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice, With exultation springing, And with united heart and voice And holy rapture singing, Proclaim the wonders God has done, How His right arm the vict'ry won, What price our ransom cost Him! 2. Fast bound in Satan's chains I lay; Death brooded darkly o'er me. Sin was my torment night and day; In sin my mother bore me. But daily deeper still I fell; My life became a living hell, So firmly sin possessed me. 3. My own good works all came to naught, No grace or merit gaining; F

HYMN 218 Nunc dimittis/In Peace and Joy I now Depart

German: Mit fried und freud ich fahr dahin Norwegian: Med fred og glede lar du nå Luke 2:29-38; Luke 7:11-17; Text: Martin Luther (1483-1546). Tune: German folk arranged by Luther 1. In peace and joy I now depart, According to God's will, For full of comfort is my heart, So calm and sweet and still; So doth God His promise keep, And death for me is but a sleep. 2. 'T is Christ hath wrought this work for me, Thy dear and only Son, Whom Thou hast suffer'd me to see, And made Him surely known As my Help when trouble's rife, And even in death itself my Life. 3. For Thou In mercy unto all Hast set this Savior forth; And to His kingdom Thou dost call The nations of the earth Through His blesse

HYMN 217 Our Father Who Art in Heaven

German: Vater Unser im Himmelreich Matthew 6:9-15 Text: Martin Luther (1483-1546) Tune: Folk tune arr. Martin Luther 1. Our Father, Thou in Heav’n above, Who biddest us to dwell in love, As brethren of one family, To cry in every need to Thee, Teach us no thoughtless words to say, But from our inmost heart to pray. 2. Thy name be hallowed. Help us, Lord, In purity to keep Thy Word, That to the glory of Thy name We walk before Thee free from blame. Let no false doctrine us pervert; All poor, deluded souls convert. 3. Thy kingdom come. Thine let it be In time and in eternity. Let Thy good Spirit e’er be nigh Our hearts with graces to supply. Break Satan’s power, defeat his rage; Preserve Thy C

HYMN 216 Out of the Ivory Palaces

Psalm 45 Text: Henry Barraclough (1891-1983). Tune: Henry Barraclough (1891-1983) 1. My Lord has garments so wondrous fine, And myrrh their texture fills; Its fragrance reached to this heart of mine, With joy my being thrills. R/Out of the ivory palaces Into a world of woe, Only his great eternal love Made my Savior go. 2. His life had also its sorrows sore, For aloes had a part; And when I think of the cross he bore, My eyes with teardrops start. R/ 3. His garments, too, were in cassia dipped, With healing in a touch; Each time my feet in some sin have slipped, He took me from its clutch. R/ 4. In garments glorious he will come, To open wide the door; And I shall enter my heavenly home, To

HYMN 215 Don't Be Afraid!

Swedish: Var inte rädd Matthew 16:24-26 Text: Ylva Eggehorn (1950-). Tune: Lars Moberg (1933-2009) 1. Don't be afraid. There is a sign, a secret A name will follow you when you must leave Your loneliness is never far from beaches. Don't be afraid. Somebody walked this way. 2. He loves you, and he waits for you tonight, A night when you will see his homelessness. And how he's waiting for to see you've come. Eternity is crying in his heart. 3. Don't be afraid. There is a harbor here, In darkness still for you, but you will see, One day you'll openly confess his name, His love and peace, and ask for nothing more. 4. You're on your way, one day the night turns white One day and stars will gr

HYMN 214 Brighten the Corner Where you Are

Matthew 5:14-16 Text: Ina Duly Ogden (1872-1964) Tune: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (1856-1932) 1. Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do, Do not wait to shed your light afar; To the many duties ever near you now be true, Brighten the corner where you are. R/Brighten the corner where you are! Brighten the corner where you are! Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar; Brighten the corner where you are! 2. Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear, Let not narrow self your way debar; Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer, Brighten the corner where you are. R/ 3. Here for all your talent you may surely find a need, Here reflect

HYMN 213 To Love the Lord with All our Hearts Lectionary HYMN Pentecost XXI

Matthew 22:34-46; Text: Gracia Grindal (1943-) Tune: Scandinavian folk tune arr. Daniel Charles Damon (1945-) 1. To love the Lord with all our hearts, With all our souls and minds, And love our neighbors as ourselves, And always to be kind, As Christ commanded us to do, We need to be created new. Have mercy on us, Lord. 2. Love cannot spring from hearts of stone Or souls that have gone dry. It only gushes forth from those Who set their own needs by And go to find the source that gives The waters that they need to live. Have mercy on us, Lord. 3. Lord, I am thirsty for your grace And hungry for your love. I need you so that I can serve My neighbor and my God. Come, fill me with your gen

HYMN 212 O God of Earth and Altar

(KARI TIKKA OPERA See below for an announcement of an opera Love is Strong as Death by Kari Tikka, the Finnish composer, being presented in Helsinki this week. A friend of many around Luther Seminary. Deeply Christian.) Matthew 22:15-22 Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1876-1936) Tune: English folk tune, King's Lynne 1. O God of earth and altar, Bow down and hear our cry, Our earthly rulers falter, Our people drift and die; The walls of gold entomb us, The swords of scorn divide, Take not thy thunder from us, But take away our pride. 2. From all that terror teaches, From lies of tongue and pen, From all the easy speeches That comfort cruel men, From sale and profanation Of honour and the sword,

HYMN 211 Oh Lord, I Place into Your Hands

German: Herr Jesus Christ in deine Hend Norwegian: I dine hender, Fader Blid Swedish: Uti din Nåd, o Fader blid Luke 23:46, Psalm 31:5 Text: Nicolas Selnecker (1530-1592), M. B. Landstad (1802-1880) Tune: Trond Kverno (1945-) 1. Oh Lord, I place into your hands, My soul, all that I have and am, I leave it there for in your word Your promise is to be my Lord. 2. With you I have the better part, Your word is life, it fills my heart, You help me in my poverty, And always come to rescue me. 3. O Lord, I trust that you are near And live in faith that you will hear, Do not forsake me here below, So one day I will live with you. 4. You have my life, my soul, my all, For I am yours, come, take

HYMN 210 Oh, Happy Day, When Jesus Washed My Sins Away

Acts 8: 26-40 Text: Phillip Doddridge (1702-1751) Tune: Edwin Hawkins (1943-2018) 1. Oh happy day (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) He washed my sins away (oh happy day) 2. Oh happy day (oh happy day) He taught me how to watch, fight and pray, fight and pray And live rejoicing every, everyday Oh happy day He taught me how Oh happy day (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day) MEDITATION This is the Oh Happy Day most of you know—and maybe you clicked on yesterday's hymn thinking to find the story of this one. The story of this hymn is once ag

HYMN 209 Oh, Happy Day When We Shall Stand

Norwegian: Å tænk når engang samles skal Text: Wilhelm Andreas Wexels (1797-1866). Tune: Nikolai Herman (ca.1500-1561) 1. O happy day when we shall stand Amid the heav'nly throng, And sing with hosts from ev'ry land The new celestial song, The new celestial song. 2. O blessed day! From far and near The servants of the Lord Shall meet the ransomed millions there Who heard God's saving Word, Who heard God's saving Word. 3. O what a mighty, rushing flood Of love that will not cease, Shall roll about the throne of God In joy and endless peace, In joy and endless peace! 4. God, may Thy bounteous grace inspire Our hearts so that we may All join the heav'nly, white-robed choir Upon that glorious da

HYMN 208 When the Roll is Called up Yonder

German: Wenn des Herrn Posaune einst erschallt nach dieser Erden Zeit Norwegian: I den stille, klare morgen 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Text: James Milton Black (1856-1938) Tune: James Milton Black (1856-1938) 1. When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, And time shall be no more, And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair; When the saved of earth shall gather Over on the other shore, And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. R/When the roll is called up yonder, when the roll is called up yonder, when the roll is called up yonder, when the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. 2. On that bright and cloudless morning When the dead in Christ sh

HYMN 207 For the Beauty of the Earth

Psalm 8 Text: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1835-1917). Tune: Conrad Kocher (1786-1872) 1. For the beauty of the earth,  For the glory of the skies,  For the love which from our birth  Over and around us lies,  R/Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise. 2. For the beauty of each hour  Of the day and of the night,  Hill and vale, and tree and flow'r,  Sun and moon and stars of light, R/ 3. For the joy of ear and eye, For the heart and mind's delight, For the mystic harmony Linking sense to sound and sight, R/ 4. For the joy of human love,  Brother, sister, parent, child,  Friends on earth and friends above,  For all gentle thoughts and mild, R/ 5. For the church th

HYMN 206 All Ministries of Steel **new Monday feature** Lectionary hymns by Gracia Grindal

Isaiah 45:1-7; Matthew 22:15-22 Text: Gracia Grindal Tune: Old 124th 1. All ministries of steel, imper’al swords, Cannot perform their ends unless the Lord, In ways we cannot understand or know, Works through the light and darkness, weal and woe, Works through the light and darkness, weal and woe. 2. Like doors of bronze that shatter, all will break Before the progress of our Lord who makes All work together; treas’ries open up Even when first it seems there is no hope Even when first it seems there is no hope. 3. God’s own dread purposes will be fulfilled, Both wise and foolish rulers do God’s will. We cannot fathom, cannot understand All of the myst’ries hidden in God’s hand, All of t

HYMN 205 Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower

Danish: Deg vil jeg elske, du min styrke German: Ich will dich lieben, Meine Stärke Text: Johannes Scheffler aka Angelus Silesius (1624-1677) Johann Balthazaar König (1692-1758) 1. Thee will I love, my strength, my tower; Thee will I love, my hope, my joy. Thee will I love with all my power, With ardor time shall ne'er destroy. Thee will I love, O Light Divine, So long as life is mine. 2. Thee will I love, my life, my Savior, Who art my best and truest friend. Thee will I love and praise forever, For never shall Thy kindness end. Thee will I love with all my heart-- Thou my Redeemer art! 3. I thank Thee, Jesus, Sun from heaven, Whose radiance hath brought light to me; I thank Thee

HYMN 204 When Morning Gilds the Skies

German: Beim Frühen Morgenlicht Psalm 113:1-4; Text: Anonymous German Tune: Joseph Barnby (1838-1896) 1. When morning gilds the sky, Our hearts awaking cry: May Jesus Christ be praised! In all our work and prayer We ask his loving care: May Jesus Christ be praised! 2. To God, the Word on high, The hosts of angels cry: May Jesus Christ be praised! Let mortals too upraise Their voices in hymns of praise: May Jesus Christ be praised! 3. Let earth's wide circle round In joyful notes resound: May Jesus Christ be praised! Let air and sea and sky From depth to height reply: May Jesus Christ be praised! 4. Be this, when day is past, Of all our thoughts the last: May Jesus Christ be


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