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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sunday's Hymn: From All that Dwell Below the Skies

From all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator's praise arise:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let the Redeemer's Name be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;
Eternal truth attends thy Word:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

From Psalm 117
Isaac Watts, 1719
Tune: Lasst Uns Erfreuen, Giestliche Kirchengesang, Cologne, 1623

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Thursday, October 18, 2012


Its been two weeks since my last posting of Thankfulness.  Andy took last week off and we accomplished quite a few tasks around the cottage in preparation for colder weather.  I am thankful to have then finished; thankful for the good health to do that work.

I am also thankful for the time spent together, Andy and I, last week.  We worked together some of the time and also spent some time just relaxing over tea together.  It was fun.

There are still lots of leaves left in the trees and I am surprised and pleased that this has been a beautiful fall despite our lack of rainfall in the midwest.  I thank God for the majesty of His creation.

Our study in Genesis this past week has focused on the fourth chapter, story of Cain and Abel, and leaves me so very grateful for God's loving mercy to us sinful people.  Surely we are a blessed people!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday's Hymn: Christ For the World We Sing

Christ for the world we sing;
The world to Christ we bring
With loving zeal;
The poor and them that mourn,
The faint and overborne,
Sinsick and sorrowworn,
Whom Christ doth heal.

Christ for the world we sing;
The world to Christ we bring
With fervent pray'r;
The wayward and the lost,
By restless passions tossed,
Redeemed at countless cost
From dark despair.

Christ for the world we sing;
The world to Christ we bring
With one accord;
With us the work to share,
With us reproach to dare,
With us the cross to bear,
For Christ our Lord.

Christ for the world we sing;
The world to Christ we bring
With joyful song;
The newborn souls whose days,
Reclaimed from error's ways,
Inspired with hope and praise,
To Christ belong.

Samuel Wolcott, 1869
Tune: Braun, Johann G. Braun, 1675

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday's Hymn: By Grace I am an Heir of Heaven

By grace I am an heir of heaven;
Why doubt this, O my trembling heart?
If what the Scriptures promise clearly
Is true and firm in ev'ry part,
This also must be truth divine:
By grace a crown of life is mine.

By grace alone I shall inherit
That blissful home beyond the skies.
Works count for naught, the Lord incarnate
Hath won for me the heav'nly prize.
Salvation by his death he wrought,
His grace alone my pardon bought.

By grace! These precious words remember
When sorely by thy sins oppressed,
When Satan comes to vex thy spirit,
When troubled conscience sighs for rest;
What reason cannot comprehend,
God doth to thee by grace extend.

By grace! Be this in death my comfort;
Despite my fears, 'tis well with me.
I know my sin in all its greatness,
But also him who sets me free.
My heart to nought but joy gives place
Since I am saved by grace, by grace.

Christian L. Scheidt, 1742, cento
Tr. by H. Breuckner
Tune: Neumark, Georg Neumark, 1657

Thursday, October 4, 2012


I am thankful for extra time spent with Andy over the last week as he took a couple of vacation days that needed to be used by the end of the year.  We took Murphy and went fishing one of the days, hiking the other.  It was fun and relaxing!

As I continue in the study of Genesis, I am very thankful for God's institution of marriage.  Our God's wisdom and provision for us is perfect in every way!

And I am very thankful that His particular provision for me in this regard is Andy!