18 July 2010

Did Anyone Else Almost

tear up this morning as we sang the Hymn of the Day?

We sought the Lord in our distress;
O God, in mercy hear us.
Our Savior saw our helplessness
And came with peace to cheer us.
For this we thank and praise the Lord,
Who is by one and all adored:
To God all praise and glory!

He never shall forsake His flock,
His chosen generation;
He is their refuge and their rock,
Their peace and their salvation.
As with a mother's tender hand,
He leads His own, His chosen band:
To God all praise and glory!
LSB 819:3,4


Rev. David M. Juhl said...

Lest we forget stanza five, the one about casting every idol from their throne! There is one God!

William Weedon said...

Yup, I almost put that one in too!!!

Bill Hansen said...

I usually tear up because we almost *never* sing the Hymn of the Day. Not to mention the large chunks of the liturgy that are omitted. What we have barely resembles a Lutheran Divine Service.

William Weedon said...


What right has your pastor to deprive you and your congregation of their liturgical birthright? Have you had the opportunity to speak to him (them?) about it???

revalkorn said...

I might have teared up, but I didn't because I was too angry. They butchered one of my favorite hymns.

I'm nearly ready to ditch LSB for most well-known hymns in favor of LW and TLH. The changes they made to hymn texts in many cases were unnecessary and even harmful for catechetical purposes.

Anonymous said...

Is it already time for...

Hymnal Supplement 2011 &
a new Lutheran Hymnal in 2015?

William Weedon said...

Nah, not a time for a new hymnal. I think folks need to get over the fact that LSB didn't come out exactly as they wanted (it didn't come out as *I* wanted either) and settle in to the fact that this IS our hymnal for better and for worse, and with all its worts and blemishes, as well as its rather shining moments. Welcome to life in the Church...

revalkorn said...

Hey--you've had three-plus years to get over it. I've just started using it regular. I haven't had the get-used-to-it time that everyone else has. I'm still in my "complain about its warts" period.

Larry Luder said...

What right has your pastor to deprive you and your congregation of their liturgical birthright?

I agree with Rev Weedon. Never could understand why Christ is being denied. My advice, demand it for each and every service. Could be Bill is in the wrong congregation.

Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good

ToddPeperkorn said...

It is an awesome hymn. Sang it at our wedding 15 years ago. I loved singing it this morning.

Paul McCain said...

We would gladly be happy to publish a new hymnal every single year if ya'll promised to buy one million copies of it, every year.

We are right at one million copies of LSB sold.

William Weedon said...

One million? Wow!!!

Pr. Kornacki, permission given for ONE YEAR of grousing; but must cease and desist upon the year's anniversary of your installation at Campbell Hill arrives... ;)

revalkorn said...

Fair enough, Will. Before my one-year anniversary here, I will make a post on my blog on what bugs me about LSB, and then I'll let it go.

Mostly I like what I've seen. I'm just finding zingers in the hymns that I've had memorized for the past twenty-five years that I now need to re-learn, and my older members are commenting about it, too.

Anonymous said...

If I really have a hymn memorized, I'm likely to sing what I know.

Trying to learn the new bits leads to not remembering either version!

(If it's Starke, of course, I'm starting from scratch anyway.) :)