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.
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Ben Libby on this All Saints' Day review and discuss a very appropriate, familiar and favorite hymn: For all the Saints. They will discuss the author and composer of the text and tune and take a look at the meaning of the words and their Biblical foundation. As we remember the saints who have gone before us on this All Saints' Day what a joy to remember the victory that Christ has won for them and for us through His life, death and resurrection!
What is the relationship between justification and sanctification? This hymn answers that question. Join Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew as they dig into the theological riches of the Stewardship Hymn: O God of Mercy, God of Might. This hymn correctly points us to who God is and what God has done to redeem us and every sinner. It also points out that knowledge of this precious truth moves the Christian to respond in love to his/her neighbor. This hymn weaves together a host of Biblical passages and narratives to teach us Universal Justification, Stewardship, Christian Love and much more!
As we look ahead to Trinity Sunday this weekend Pastor Rob Sauers joins Nathanael Mayhew to dig into the Trinity hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD God Almighty (Hymn 246 in The Lutheran Hymnal). Learn about the background of the hymnwriter, and the Scriptural foundation for the hymn itself and how it describes the nature of the One and only true God, from His power to His mercy as well as our response to this truth.