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Hymn on the Carmen Christi

July 11th, 2014 3 comments

The Carmen Christi (Song of Christ) is a song (or hymn) that St. Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote in the second chapter of his epistle to the Philippians.  As a divinely inspired hymn, giving a good example for our own hymn-writing, it is wonderfully didactic.  It is a confession of the obedience that Jesus rendered to God on our behalf, and Paul ties it into our lives of labor here on earth in which we struggle against the pride of our own flesh.  He uses this hymn for the piety of his hearers.  This is what hymns are   More…

A Hymn on Baptism

December 22nd, 2013 5 comments

For K.H. I come, O God, back to this bath, With sorrow for my many sins, To claim the death that stilled Your wrath, And take the life Your word begins. I come, O Jesus, to this stream Which flowed out from Your pierced side With blood that did the world redeem And pours new life on what has died. I come, O Spirit, to this birth, In which you make me God’s dear child, Where sinners find their Savior’s worth And cleansing for what they’ve defiled. I come, O Holy Trinity To claim the name You placed on me,   More…

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“We Are Baptized for This Moment”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

May 16th, 2013 1 comment

To go with this summer’s LCMS Convention theme, Baptized for This Moment: A Bible Study, is being made available for free through the synod’s website, where you can download a pdf file of the study. The study’s five lessons are: 1. Baptized 2. Repent and Be Baptized 3. Baptized for Witness 4. Baptized for Mercy 5. Baptized for Life Together I’m planning to use this Bible study with my own parish, starting later this month, and in our service on May 26 I’m planning to preach on the passages from Acts 2 that form the basis for the theme and   More…

Steadfast in Song: An Easter / Quasimodogeniti Hymn

April 6th, 2013 7 comments

Tune: FAR, VERDEN, FAR VEL (The Sun Has Gone Down, Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary 574) My Savior still lives, And I too will live in the peace that He gives; Within me no sin has the strength to remove The truth of His pardon, the pow’r of His love; My Lord is arisen, now death must retreat To utter defeat – Christ’s work is complete. Come near, sinners all, Christ stands in our midst to lift up all who fall, To bind what is broken, to heal what is ill, To pardon transgression through God’s gracious will; Sin, death and the   More…

A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar

November 19th, 2012 11 comments

Here is a hymn I wrote for my congregation.   A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar composed for Faith Lutheran Church, Plano/Wylie, TX Tune: LSB 513 or TLH 605 The Word of Christ is spoken, And angels bend to see How hearts, once bound and broken, Are set at liberty. For Christ, the Lord of Glory, Proclaims His death again; No doubt can dim the story That pardons all our sin. With bread and wine are given Christ’s body and His blood; The earthly hides the heaven As flesh encloses God; The right hand of the Father Is   More…

“A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago” (Sermon and hymn for Reformation Day, on Psalm 119:46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 25th, 2012 6 comments

“A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago” (Psalm 119:46) A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago A lonely monk, now long ago, Nailed truth upon a door; The echoes of that hammer blow Rang out to many more. And when he spoke his “Here I stand,” Although he could be slain, Throughout the realm a growing band Soon followed in his train. Confessors, princes, duty bound, To Augsburg bold they came; Before the king they stood their ground And were not put to shame. Their good confession made that day Proved not to be in vain; Gird us their sons, Lord, that   More…

Death, and a Hymn

September 25th, 2012 4 comments

We live in a culture of death. Everybody hides it. They hide their destruction of life beneath the pleasures of sex. They hide the murder of their loved ones beneath the supposed mercy of ending pain. They hide the murder of innocents under the guise of just retaliation. But the culture comes from people, and we are those people. In the midst of life we are in death. God is justly displeased with our sins. The end of those things of which we are now ashamed is death, and we feel still the desires for them in the pride, the   More…

Steadfast in Worship — It’s Hard to Follow This Hymn with a Worthy Sermon

I remember some years ago a friend of mine posted as a Facebook status something along the lines of, “I am using so-and-so’s hymn for the hymn of the day.  Why do I have to preach afterward?  It already says everything I want to say.”  Obviously, that thought has stuck with me. But then that thought came back to me on the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Three-Year Lectionary, Series B, John 15:1-8).  I selected TLH 206, “Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense,” as the hymn of the day.  And in both services I struggled mightily with the decision to cast aside   More…

Justification Central to Lutheran Hymnody

January 28th, 2012 551 comments

My parents did not teach my siblings and me to be hymn-Nazis. Rather, they simply taught us good hymns and good theology, and they encouraged us to keep singing good hymns and to read good theology. So for my first post on BJS, I would like to briefly give my case for why I can hardly stand one particular hymn: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts (LSB 425, 426). The hymn does not once mention the forgiveness of sins, the cancellation of guilt, Christ bearing our sins or satisfying the wrath of God, or anything about the   More…

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 29th, 2011 10 comments

President Harrison’s “Emphasis for the Church” is summed up in three terms, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Martyria, Diakonia, Koinonia are the related Greek terms). The President’s Office has set up a blog, wmlt.org, to carry forward the theme of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together: In Christ, for the Church and the World.” I’m going to be referring to this threefold emphasis in my preaching over the coming weeks, as I start a sermon series on the Book of Acts. So I thought it would be good to have a hymn to accompany the series. I’m aware that there are already a   More…

“Alleluia Now Is Our Song,” an Easter hymn by Pr. Charles Henrickson

April 26th, 2009 2 comments

OK, OK, so I’ll get back to synodical politics in a day or two. But today is Sunday, and it’s still Easter, so I can’t help but celebrate a little more. A few days ago my friend Tom Engler asked me to write words to some music he had heard on a Korean historical drama. Tom suggested, “Could be Easter . . . (martial, manly, overcoming death, etc.).” So that’s what I did, and here is the result. (A couple of notes on the notes: In the second stanza, third line, the words, “But on,” fit into a one-syllable slot,   More…