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Hymns for the 19th Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday’s readings center around the Lord’s institution of Marriage.

Opening Hymn – Gracious Savior, Grant Your Blessing – LSB 860

The hymn text used in the video is slightly different. While this hymn is typically sung at a wedding and asks for the Lord’s blessing on the wedded couple, we still can sing it and pray this blessing continues for all whom God has joined together in Holy Matrimony.

Sermon Hymn – Our Father, by Whose Name – LSB 863

Closing Hymn – Children of the Heav’nly Father – LSB 725

Hymns for the 15th Sunday After Pentecost

We are beginning a month long look at the Epistle of James. James writes his letter to Christians spread throughout the world who are being attacked and persecuted for their faith. He writes to encourage them in this time.

Opening Hymn – Let us ever walk with Jesus – LSB 685

Sermon Hymn – Praise the Almighty – LSB 797

Closing Hymn – Love in Christ is Strong and Living – LSB 706

Hymns for Sunday – 13th Sunday After Pentecost

The Gospel for this Sunday is Mark 7:1-13, Jesus is confronted by the Pharisees and Scribes. While these two groups were immensely different in their theological worldview, they shared one thing: they put much stock into the traditions and teachings of their elders to the point that they ignored what Scripture had to say and abandoned faith in the One True God.

Opening Hymn – Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word – LSB 655

Sermon Hymn – Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain – LSB 865

Closing Hymn – Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go – LSB 854 (to the tune of Winchester New)

Here is the tune that we will accompany this hymn. Most know it as the tune to “On Jordan’s Bank” or “Ride on, Ride on in Majesty”

Hymns for Sunday – 9th Sunday After Pentecost

Opening Hymn – Blest Be The Tie That Binds – LSB 649

Note: Most often (outside of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) this hymn is sung to the tune DENNIS by Hans Nägeli. In The Lutheran Hymnal and in the Lutheran Service Book, this hymn is set to the tune Boylston. As such, the video options are rather limited… but here’s the tune… played on a trombone

Sermon Hymn – Entrust Your Days and Burdens – LSB 754

Closing Hymn – How Wide the Love of Christ – LSB 535

This is another tune is tough to find online with this text. Often the tune SWABIA is paired with the hymn “Tis Good Lord To Be Here” (except in TLH and LSB) or “This is the Day of Light”. Here is the tune which matches the tune for “How Wide the Love of Christ” in the Lutheran Service Book.

Jesus Feeds the 5000 - by Laura James

Hymns for this Sunday – 8th Sunday After Pentecost

Opening Hymn – Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us – LSB 711

Sermon Hymn – The Church’s One Foundation – LSB 644

Samuel J. Stone indicated that he was moved to write this hymn and 11 others, all based on the Apostles’ Creed, because of his admiration for the noble defense of the Catholic faith by Bishop Gray of Capetown. This defense was made against Bishop John William Colenso of Natal, who in his books St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (1861) and The Pentateuch and the Book of Joshua, Critically Examined (1866), challenged the historicity of many of the Old Testament books. This particular hymn was written on the ninth article or section of the Creed, “The Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints,” and was published in the author’s Lyra Fidelium; Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostles’ Creed (Oxford, 1866), where it appeared in seven stanzas. The author revised and recast it in five-stanza form in 1868 and then expanded it in 1885 to ten verses. …

The hymn has been used widely and consistently throughout Christendom. It was sung as the processional in special services at Canterbury, Westminster, and St. Paul’s in London when the bishops met for the Lambeth Conference in 1888. …

It was said that the effect of this hymn when sung on this occasion at St. Paul’s was immense. … Archbishop Temple is supposed to have once said that whenever he was called on to visit a country parish, he could always count upon two things: “cold chicken and The Church’s One Foundation.”

Source: Christian Worship Handbook

Closing Hymn – Lord Jesus Christ, Life Giving Bread – LSB 625