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Mar 2021

Hymn Review: Abide with Me (TLH 552)

Abide with Me is a beloved hymn for many Christians and is often sung at Christian funerals. While it is found in the evening section of many hymnals because of its Scriptural foundation (The Emmaus Disciples), it focuses on our confidence in life and death in the Lord Jesus. Join Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew as they take a look at the background and theological depth of this beautiful hymn and point to the comfort and assurance we have in Christ.  

Mar 2021

Hymn Review: Deep Were His Wounds (WS 722)

The Season of Lent is full of many theologically rich hymns which point to the high cost God paid in order to redeem sinful humanity to Himself. "Deep Were His Wounds" is not a familiar Lenten hymn, in part because it is relatively modern (20th Century), written by an unfamiliar author, and also isn't found in many Lutheran Hymnals. But it is a beautiful hymn, which simply describes the "Great Exchange" of Christ for Sinners. Join Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew as they take a look at this hymn and enrich our Lenten meditations.  

Dec 2020

Hymn Review: Savior of the Nations Come (TLH 95)

During the season of Christmas we hear many empty "Christmas" songs that have nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas, or even songs with false historical information about the events of the Savior's birth. This hymn is different. Written by the Church Father, St. Ambrose, this hymn is rich in Scripture, in theology, and in comfort. Join Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew as they delve into this hymn that is truly worthy of the title "Christmas"! 

Dec 2020

Video Review: The Chosen - The Shepherd episode

How do you envision the shepherds hearing the message of the Angels given to the shepherds in the Judean countryside? How exactly did they make haste to find the baby in the manager? How did they make widely known the saying which was told them concerning this child? Join Pastors Neal Radichel and Ben Libby as we review the episode "The Shepherd" from the Chosen video series. This episode depicts the events of Luke 2. Is it helpful or does it take away from the Christmas account? Is it truthful to scripture and does it give glory to God? The pastors give their thoughts on these topics. We look forward to the day when we see the full glory of God in the highest, and we can worship the Savior as the shepherds did. 

Dec 2020

Hymn Review: Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying (The Lutheran Hymnal: 609)

Join Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew for a study of the Advent hymn "Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying" by Philipp Nicolai. They will discuss the connection between the season of Advent and the end of the world, the Scriptural foundation for this hymn, which is known as the "King of the Chorales," and learn a little about its author and composer. Deepen your Advent preparations through the study of this beautiful and theologically rich Lutheran Hymn. 

Nov 2020

Hymn Review: Sing to the LORD of Harvest (Worship Supplement 793)

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! 

Nov 2020

Hymn Review: O’er the Gloomy Hills of Darkness (TLH 505)

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!

Oct 2020

Hymn Review: Before the LORD we Bow (TLH 575)

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. 

Jun 2020

Hymn Review: Glory be to God the Father (TLH 244)

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!

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