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The Lord Be with You

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

Note Psalm 51:10-19, Psalm 103:8-19 and Genesis 17:1-14 (especially when it refers to the “covenant of grace” in stanza 1.)

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

God’s children are called to and gathered to give worship to all three members of the Trinity. Belgic Confession, Article 8, gives the clearest explanation of the three persons of the Trinity, including not only their identity, but also their nature and tasks: “The Father is the cause, origin, and source of all things, visible and invisible. The Son is the Word, the Wisdom, and the image of the Father. The Holy Spirit is the eternal power and might, proceeding from the Father and the Son.”

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 8, Questions and Answers 24 and 25 does so in much briefer form. As does the Belhar Confession, Section 1: “We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end.”


The Lord Be with You

Tune Information

G Major

The Lord Be with You

Hymn Story/Background

I wrote the first verse in 1999, while I was working at Calvin College with the LOFT (Living Our Faith Together) services, a student-led Sunday night worship service. A wonderful liturgical habit had developed there: we concluded each Sunday evening service singing a biblical blessing and doxology: “My Friends, May You Grow in Grace.” I wanted us to develop a parallel ritual/habit for the opening of worship—something that would immediately remind us of our purpose for gathering and could sustain repeated use, able to transition into something more up-tempo or down-tempo.I wrote the first verse to meet that need.
Years later, when I begin working at Western Theological Seminary, our daily services of morning prayer were likewise in need of an initiating song—something that had the character of invocation, something sung that would bring us from our own individual concerns and join us together in heart and mind and breath, something that would connect us to the daily prayer tradition of the church.I tweaked the traditional morning prayer versicles from Psalm 51 and Lamentations 3:22-23 to fit the tune I’d written earlier.
The following year, I did the same sort of thing, composing verses to be sung when celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We commune weekly at Western Theological Seminary, and value the poetry and theology of the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving—a prayer, which, like a sung grace before a family meal, bathes the feast in gratitude. (see 811) But I learned through my teaching that many of our students experienced the Great Prayer when spoken from a prayer book or printed liturgy as an inexplicably “necessary” series of disconnected ‘talky’ bits, interrupted by congregational talky bits.The prayer’s internal logic and Trinitarian structure were unappreciated.The coherence is underscored by inviting the musicians to play quietly during the three sections of prayer spoken by the presider, and the structure is made plain by setting each congregational response (Preface/Sursum Corda, Sanctus/Benedictus, Memorial Acclamation, and Great Amen) to the same basic tune.
— Ron Rienstra

Composer Information

Greg Scheer (b. 1966) has composed hundreds of pieces, songs and arrangements. His music is published by Augsburg Fortress, GIA, Abingdon Press, Worship Today, Faith Alive and in numerous hymnals. He has won commissions from the Iowa Choral Directors Association, Iowa Composers Forum, Linn-Mar High School String Orchestra, Chagall String Quartet and Northwestern College. His electronic piece, "Crossfade," was included on the CD ...from everlasting to everlasting... His string quartet "6" was featured on WQED in Pittsburgh and was also a winning composition in the 2000 Southeastern Composers' Symposium. His hymn "People of the Lord" won the Calvin09 hymn contest and was subsequently sung and published internationally.
— Greg Scheer

Author and Composer Information

Since his ordination in the RCA in 1993, Ron Rienstra has lived and ministered at educational institutions in Iowa (Central College), Michigan (Calvin College), and California (Fuller Seminary), pursuing his primary interest: helping preachers, congregations, worship teams, and individuals learn to deepen and enliven their gatherings with God. All the while he remained active in local church life as an interim pastor, preacher, worship leader and consultant.
He is currently finishing his dissertation while advancing a number of diverse research projects: exploring postmodernism and its affect on worship and preaching, mapping the place of corporate worship in seminary education in North America, and developing a homiletical pedagogy based on the Suzuki music method.
— Western Staff Bio (

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