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Burden and Blessing Podcast

Apr 2022

Hymn Study: O Dearest Jesus (TLH 143)

The season of the church year called "Lent" is all about the suffering and death of Jesus for sinners. Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Ben Libby as they look at "O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken" by German hymnwriter, Johann Heermann. This hymn looks at the suffering and death of Jesus and asks: "Why?" It not only answers that question, but it also shows what Christ's death means for the Christian and how it impacts our life both now and in eternity. Join us for this wonderful Lenten reflection!

May 2021

Hymn Review: Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid (TLH 236)

On Pentecost Sunday the church celebrates the work of the Holy Spirit who was poured out on the Lord's disciples on that day. Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Ben Libby for a study of the ancient Pentecost Hymn, Creator Sprit, by Whose Aid (hymn 236 in The Lutheran Hymnal). This hymn, which dates back to the 9th century and was originally written in Latin is a deep theological work on the person of the Holy Spirit who is God with the Father and the Son. Celebrate Pentecost with a deeper understanding of the Spirit's work and this theologically rich hymn of the ancient church.

May 2021

Hymn Review: Long Before the World is Waking (WS 735)

As we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus during this Easter season, Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew take a deeper look at a less familiar Easter hymn found in the "Worship Supplement 2000." Written by modern English hymnwriter, Timothy Dudley-Smith, this hymn recounts the resurrection appearance of Jesus to seven disciples at the Sea of Galilee, as recorded in John 21. Join them as they study this hymn and the meaning of this resurrection appearance for those first disciples and for us still today! 

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