On this Saturday night, still full of blessing from our two end-of-year public Hope Heralds’ concerts in the Grand Rapids, MI area in this past week (First CRC, Jenison, MI last Sunday and St. Adalbert’s Basilica last night), I post first of all this beautiful poem from the book Prayers of the Reformers (edited by C.Manschreck, published by Muhlenberg Press, 1958).
Glory and praise
All glory be to God on high,
Who hath our race befriended!
To us no harm shall now come nigh,
The strife at last has ended;
God showeth His good will to men,
And peace shall reign on earth again;
O thank Him for His goodness.
We praise, we worship Thee, we trust,
And give Thee thanks for ever,
O Father, that Thy rule is just,
And wise, and changes never;
Thy boundless power o’er all things reigns,
Thou dost whate’er Thy will ordains:
Well for us that Thou rulest!
O Jesus Christ, our God and Lord,
Son of Thy Heavenly Father,
O Thou Who hast our peace restored
And the lost sheep dost gather,
Thou Lamb of God, to Thee on high,
From out our depths, we sinners cry:
Have mercy on us, Jesus!
O Holy Ghost, Thou precious Gift,
Thou Comforter unfailing,
O’er Satan’s snares our souls uplift,
And let Thy power, availing,
Avert our woes and calm our dread;
For us the Saviour’s Blood was shed:
We trust in Thee to save us!
Nikolaus Decius, 1526
And with that I give you two videos from our recent concerts – “God is Gone Up with a Shout” from First CRC and “How Great Thou Art” from St.Adalbert’s.