Upcoming Hymns: May 2, 2021 - May 30, 2021

May 2 Service:
May 9 Service:

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

The hymn brings out the words of Christ from the Gospel text (John 15:9-17).  We abide in Christ's love, of which we are both recipients and the means by which he delivers His love to others.

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Why This Hymn Was Selected:

Rooted in the Epistle reading (1 John 5:1-8), this hymn reminds us of God's mighty deliverance in Holy Baptism.  We are brought from death to love in the blessed flood that joins us to the blood of Christ.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

As we receive the body and blood of Christ in the Holy Supper, it is good to reflect upon what this gift truly is.   It isn't merely bread and wine; it is Christ's true body and Christ true blood, which are mysteriously but verily present for the forgiveness of our sins and strengthening of our faith.

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Why This Hymn Was Selected:

We rejoice that the Son of God has come to be in our midst in the incarnation.  We also rejoice that he still comes and is present in the Sacrament of the Altar.

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Why This Hymn Was Selected:

In joyful response to God's love for us that is revealed in Jesus Christ and testified to by God's Word and Sacraments, we go forth praising our Savior.  

May 16 Service:

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

Our readings for the day express how we are bound and held together as God's people in Christ by faith in the truth and promise of God's Word.  This hymn reinforces and confesses that fact.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

This hymn is being used as liturgical replacement for the Hymn of Praise.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

As with the opening hymn, the hymn of the day speaks to how we are one in the faith.  This transcends time, geography, and culture.  The faith in Christ that was handed down to us is also passed on to the next generation.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

It is Divine Service 5's recommended liturgical supplement for the creed.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

We are commanded by Scripture to examine ourselves prior to receiving the Lord's Supper.  With this hymn we humbly reflect on our need for this holy meal and the blessings and benefits we receive through it.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

Despite the season of Easter drawing to its close, we forever celebrate that he still shares his victory with us, especially as we come to his table and receive the fruits of his cross.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

Together, as Christians, we look to Jesus as the source and object of our faith.  

May 23 Service (Pentecost):

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Why This Hymn Was Selected:

This hymn is a little more complicated than most, and therefore lesser used.  It has the choir and the congregation singing parts.  Although difficult, it is geared specifically for the day of Pentecost and richly expands the depth of our worship.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

On the day of Pentecost we remember how God, the Holy Spirit, has come to dwell in and with the Redeemed.  He, who was there as life was breathed into man, now breaths new life by grace through faith.

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Why This Hymn Was Selected:

Gathered with our fellow believers, we turn in faith to our only hope of life and salvation: Jesus Christ, who cleanses us of our sins with his righteous blood, shed for us.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

Having been forgiven and justified in Christ, we, especially at Pentecost, look to the new life we live in Christ.  The Holy Spirit sanctifies us in that new life, and by his work, we ever grow stronger in faith and closer to Christ.

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

Closing our formal worship for the day of Pentecost, we ask the Holy Spirit to remain with us and strengthen our faith.

May 30 Service:

876 O Blessed, Holy Trinity

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

For Trinity Sunday, all of the hymns work to deepen our understanding and worship of the Triune God.  The opening hymn strongly puts us in that mindset.

604 I Bind unto Myself Today

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

Dating back to St. Patrick, this hymn connects the Trinity to our redemption and new life as Christians.  God's triune name is placed upon us in Holy Baptism.

613 To Thee, Omniscient Lord of All

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

As we draw near the Lord's Table, we confess our unworthiness and give thanks that by grace we are declared worthy for the sake of Jesus.  A trinitarian tone is woven through this hymn.

639 Wide Open Stand the Gates

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

This hymn looks to the heavenly banquet that is yet to come as we will stand before our Triune God.  The Holy Supper here on earth is joined to the Marriage feast of the Lamb.

504 Father Most Holy

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

While our time of communion, where Christ was truly present to give us his body and blood for our forgiveness and unity as his people, concludes, we recognize that the entire Godhead was at work in our creation, redemption, and sanctification.  For this we praise Him.

657 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Why This Hymn Was Selected:

This triune Lord that we worship and trust is the one who protects and provides for all our needs of body and soul.  He has delivered us from our enemies.  Sin, death, and the devil have been defeated.  Baptized into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are given life everlasting in His Kingdom.

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