W e greet this Sunday with one of the finest hymns of the Reformation. It joins masterful exposition of Scripture with soulful melody. Martin Luther wrote Our Father, Thou in Heaven Above in 1539. Christine Winkworth made the English translation in 1863, in the midst of the American Civil War. Lord, teach us to pray [...]

Glory be to God for dappled things –    For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;       For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;    Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;       And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange;    Whatever is [...]

W hat is the very minimum people who consider themselves Christians should know and understand? This series on Bare Minimum Christianity is pulling that together for you with the help of Martin Luther's small catechism. The Apostles' Creed is recited regularly across Christian denominations. Even though the Creed itself is not found in the Scriptures, [...]

T his hymn appears in more than 400 hymnals according to hymnary dot org. I've never heard it in church. Have you? It appeared first in 1830 in a long-forgotten volume called A collection of psalms and hymns for Christian worship. The rendition on video includes the first and fourth stanzas. Complete lyrics are reproduced [...]

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