Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers for this special Thanksgiving episode as they discuss the Thanksgiving hymn: Sing to the LORD of Harvest. The author, John Monsell wrote hundreds of hymns, several of which are in The Lutheran Hymnal. This hymn highlights the LORD's daily "first article" blessings related to our life and the sustaining of it. But it will also points us to the redemption won by Christ and our response to these blessings as we give witness to our Savior-God with our lives! Join us as we study this familiar Thanksgiving hymn!
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers for the study of a Mission Hymn by William Williams: O'er the Gloomy Hills of Darkness. We will learn about the hymn writer, the background of the hymn, and dig into the Biblical foundation for the hymn. We will also study the Biblical concept of mission work and discuss the motivation for it, and the purpose of it. Join us for a look at this wonderful mission hymn!
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers for a study on a hymn for our nation by Francis Scott Key. Learn about Key's religious background and his reason for writing this hymn. Then we will study the hymn itself and look at the theological foundation and meaning of the hymn and consider the implications of this prayer for us today. We hope you will be enriched in and through God's Word.
What is the Festival of Trinity and what does it focus on? Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers as they dig into the beautiful Trinity hymn by Horatius Bonar "Glory be to God the Father". This hymn not only highlights the doctrine of the Trinity, but also reviews the festival half of the church year which the festival of Trinity caps off. As with the Athanasian Creed we will look into the Trinity and the person and work of Jesus the King of kings!
In preparation for the festival of Pentecost this weekend, Pastor Rob Sauers joins Pastor Nathanael Mayhew for a detailed look at Martin Luther's Penetcost hymn "Come, Holy Ghost, God and LORD" from 1524. Learn about Martin Luther as a hymnwriter as well as the original foundation for this hymn. We will also discuss the event of Penetecost and the work of the Holy Spirit as brought out in the Third Article of the Apostles' Creed.
On this Ascension Day, as we celebrate our Savior's glorious return to heaven, join Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew for a look at a hymn the describes the work of our Savior following His ascension. We will look at His work as our High Priest, our Surety, and our Advocate and what those titles mean for us as Christians. Learn more about this hymn by English hymn writer Isaac Watts and the implications of Christ's work for us. A blessed Ascension Day to you!
This hymn is familiar and a favorite of many people, and has a close connection to Thanksgiving. But many may not know the unique background of the hymn and the situation of its author. Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Sam Rodebaugh as they discuss the history behind the hymn as well as the hymn itself and open our eyes to an even greater appreciation for this old favorite that is especially valuable in times like we are facing today with COVID-19.
Paul Gerhardt was among the foremost of all Lutheran hymnwriters, writing over 120 hymns. Gerhardt lived a very difficult life, suffering through the 30 years war in Europe, loosing four of his children and his wife to sickness and disease, and even suffering for his faith. Yet the promises of God were his source of strength throughout those difficult times. This hymn reminds us of the God who is for us too, and who is with us whatever we face in this life. Join Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew as they consider a few verses from this comforting hymn based on Romans 8:31-39!
January 6th has long been the date when the church celebrates Epiphany and the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ Child. This event, recorded in Matthew 2 is distinct from the account of Christmas recorded in Luke 2 and is often called "Christmas for the Gentiles." Join Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew as they study the historical event of the visit of the wise men and one of the hymns that tells that story: As with gladness men of old. We will learn about Epiphany, and look at the application of the account of the wise men to our lives today, and review the history behind this 250 year old Epiphany hymn.
In our hymn review this week, Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the more unfamiliar and modern Christmas Hymn, Where shepherd's lately knelt. They will discuss the author and the tune, as well as the Scriptural background for the text and its doctrinal content. They will also talk about the unique feature of the hymn, which puts it in the first person as we view the Baby in the manger through the eyes of a shepherd, and contemplate the meaning of this glorious news for us in a personal way.