Opening Hymn – Creator of the Stars of Night – LSB 351
As the Church draws to the end of the Church Year, we look to the end of all things, the reappearing of Jesus Christ. In a way, we end the Church year, much as we begin it: looking to the end, looking to new beginnings, looking to the coming of Christ.
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
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
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”
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.