Yet even though I suffer the world’s unpleasantness, And though the days grow rougher, And bring me great distress, That day of bliss divine forever shall be mine. The HYMN OF THE DAY, “From God Can Nothing Move Me” (713) is based on Psalm 73.23: “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.”
Ludwig Helmbold (1532-1598) wrote this hymn in 1563 at the outbreak of a plague in Erfurt, Germany. Many residents fled the city, and Helmbold penned this hymn for a friend, as their families were anxious at their parting and, concerned for their future, considered they might never see each other again.
Worthy of note among Helmbold’s writings are his complete metrical version of the
Augsburg Confession. He also wrote “Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain” (865), a summary of the six chief parts of the Christian faith.
The lessons are Proverbs 4.10–23; Galatians 5.16–24; and St. Luke 17.11–19.
The hymns are:
790 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
713 From God Can
737 Rejoice, My Heart, Be Glad and Sing
602 The Gifts Christ Freely Gives
544 O Love, How Deep
895 Now Thank We All Our God
Prelude: From God Can Nothing Move Me -Johann Gottfried Walther
Voluntary: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty -Paul Manz