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About Sunday’s Music – Seventh Sunday after Trinity

To God all praise and glory! The HYMN OF THE DAY, “Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good” (819), is Johann Jakob Schütz’s (1640-1690) hymn of our merciful Creator is set to the exuberant tune by famed Lutheran composer Michael Vulpius (c.1560/70-1615). He Who made man also knew that man would need a Savior from his sin. God had placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil within Eden (Genesis 2). Though His desire was that man should live, He knew that man would pursue the fruit of the forbidden tree unto death. Thus the Father sent His Son as Savior, Shepherd, Refuge, Rock, Peace, and Salvation for His chosen band. We, who confess Christ’s holy name, continue to sing: “To God all praise and glory!” –Rev. Thomas E. Lock, Kantor of Trinity—Denver, for Logia Online

Today we hear a variety of settings of the Hymn of the Day.  The introduction is by Hans Chemin-Petit (1902-1981), who was a professor at the Berlin Conservatory and conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Choir.

Stanzas two and four are sung by our soloists, in settings by twentieth-century composers Ludwig Lenel (1914-2002) and Kevin Hildebrand (b. 1973).

Lord, Help Us Ever To Retain   In recent weeks, we have sung Luther’s catechism hymns in Divine Service.  Today’s DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain” (865) is a succinct summary of the six chief parts by Ludwig Helmbold (1532-1598).  Stanza two: God’s holy Law (Commandments) and faith in the Triune God (Creed).  Stanza three: prayer (Our Father) and entrance into the faith (Baptism).  Stanza four sings of Absolution and the Sacrament of the Altar.

The lessons are Genesis 2.7–17; Romans 6.19–23; and St. Mark 8.1–9.
The hymns are: 572 In the Shattered Bliss of Eden
819 Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good
865 Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain
642 O Living Bread from Heaven
622 Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared
746 Through Jesus’ Blood and Merit
Prelude: Through Jesus’ Blood and Merit -Steven Wente
Voluntary: Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord -Andreas Nicolaus Vetter

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