Monday, October 3, 2016

Take Courage, Brothers, In the Lord

This text was written to the glory of God on the occasion of The Rev. Dr. Harold L. Senkbeil's 45th anniversary in the Office of the Holy Ministry, celebrated on September 29th at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  The tune composed for this text is EPISTLE by Phillip Magness, Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

1.  
Take courage, brothers, in the Lord,
In face of danger, terror, sword,
Of hatred, scorn, or strife;
Be not afraid to suffer loss
As boldly you proclaim the cross
That throned the Lord of Life.
2.  
For on that cross our great High Priest,
From bonds of sin has us released;
Our debt He paid in full!
For Christ alone could sin redress
And robe us in His righteousness,
Like snow or whitest wool.
3.  
You are the ones God recommends,
The very letters that Christ sends;
Not scribed on slabs of stone,
But penned on hearts by hand unflawed,
The Spirit of the living God—
Go forth and make Christ known!
4.  
Yours is a ministry of grace!
Reflect God’s love with unveiled face,
His glory to reveal:
God’s splendor that will never fade,
His grace in Christ, for all displayed,
In Word, at Font and Meal.
5.  
These mysteries, God’s gracious means,
By which His Spirit sows and gleans,
Are trusted to your care;
Be faithful in your stewardship,
As saints for service you equip,
With nurture, love, and prayer.
6.  
Be strong, beloved, God’s dear ward,
Though parted now from Christ our Lord,
You walk by faith, not sight.
Come, make your aim the Lord to please,
Each timely moment gladly seize,
To toil while fades the light.
7.  
Soon comes that Day for which we yearn,
Our gracious Master’s sure return;
Let zeal your duties fill!
Unworthy servants all are we,
And yet through us the Trinity
Performs His saving will!
8.  
Praise God the Father’s love in Christ.
Whose plan of rescue sacrificed
His one and only Son; 
Extol His Son, the Lamb once slain,
The Spirit’s praise be our refrain—
Thrice Holy Three-in-One!


Take Courage, Brothers, In the Lord

This text was written to the glory of God on the occasion of The Rev. Dr. Harold L. Senkbeil's 45th anniversary in the Office of the Holy Ministry, celebrated on September 29th at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  The tune composed for this text is EPISTLE by Phillip Magness, Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

1.  
Take courage, brothers, in the Lord,
In face of danger, terror, sword,
Of hatred, scorn, or strife;
Be not afraid to suffer loss
As boldly you proclaim the cross
That throned the Lord of Life.
2.  
For on that cross our great High Priest,
From bonds of sin has us released;
Our debt He paid in full!
For Christ alone could sin redress
And robe us in His righteousness,
Like snow or whitest wool.
3.  
You are the ones God recommends,
The very letters that Christ sends;
Not scribed on slabs of stone,
But penned on hearts by hand unflawed,
The Spirit of the living God—
Go forth and make Christ known!
4.  
Yours is a ministry of grace!
Reflect God’s love with unveiled face,
His glory to reveal:
God’s splendor that will never fade,
His grace in Christ, for all displayed,
In Word, at Font and Meal.
5.  
These mysteries, God’s gracious means,
By which His Spirit sows and gleans,
Are trusted to your care;
Be faithful in your stewardship,
As saints for service you equip,
With nurture, love, and prayer.
6.  
Be strong, beloved, God’s dear ward,
Though parted now from Christ our Lord,
You walk by faith, not sight.
Come, make your aim the Lord to please,
Each timely moment gladly seize,
To toil while fades the light.
7.  
Soon comes that Day for which we yearn,
Our gracious Master’s sure return;
Let zeal your duties fill!
Unworthy servants all are we,
And yet through us the Trinity
Performs His saving will!
8.  
Praise God the Father’s love in Christ.
Whose plan of rescue sacrificed
His one and only Son; 
Extol His Son, the Lamb once slain,
The Spirit’s praise be our refrain--

Thrice Holy Three-in-One!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bread of Heaven, Living Manna

Inspired by the Welsh tune, SUO GAN, I recently wrote this hymn text as a meditation upon the John 6:22-59 "Bread of Life" passage.

1.  
Bread of heaven, living manna,          
Love and mercy You exude;           
Perfect off’ring, freely given
On the blood-marked Paschal rood;
Bread unleavened, Lamb unblemished,
Freeing sin-bound slaves from strife:
Feed us on our desert journey,
Holy Jesus, Bread of Life.
2.  
Bread of heaven, living manna,
Sure Your promise—faithful, true:
“Take and eat; this bread here broken
Is My body giv’n for you.
Take and drink; this cup of blessing
Is My very blood outpoured.”
With thanksgiving—sins forgiven—
We will ever bless You, Lord!
3.  
Bread of heaven, living manna,
Bread the ancients never knew;
You, Lord Jesus, came from heaven,
That our world be fed by You;
Now in You we never hunger,
And believing, thirst no more;
Living in You, Lord, we ever
Have our being and adore.

rood: a cross as used in crucifixion;
         the cross on which Christ died.