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About Sunday’s Music – Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Your precious Word shall guide my way…

The HYMN OF THE DAY, “Seek Where You May to Find a Way” (557) proclaims faith in Christ alone as the center of life.  He is the one foundation amid the storms of life.  “We’re justified because He died, The guilty being guiltless.”  Christ is our crown most bright, our joy forever.  His Word guides our way and keeps us “forever in Your presence”—both in this life and until He brings us to life eternal in heaven.

Georg Weissel (1590-1635) wrote this hymn in 1623 on the occasion of his installation as pastor in Königsberg (Altossgarten Kirche, pictured) on the Third Sunday in Advent.  It was published by his friend, Johann Strobäus (1580-1646), kantor in Königsberg, who also had earlier written this tune.  Weissel wrote the text to go with this tune.  Text and tune were published together in the 1642 Festlieder durch das gantze Jahr.

The choir sings stanza 3 in a setting by Daniel Reuning, kantor at Redeemer—Fort Wayne.

 

Donald Busarow (1934-2011) was professor of music at Wittenberg University—Springfield, Ohio, after having served as musician at parishes in Detroit, Cleveland, and Milwaukee.  He composed countless arrangements of hymns and sacred music for organ, instruments, and choir.  He is the composer of today’s introduction to “Evening and Morning” (726), where you will hear the melody played by the clarinet.

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