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"Christ the Lord is Risen Today" by Charles Wesley(1708-1788)
“Were you There”, an American Spiritual first printed in 1899
“Come, Ye Disconsolate, Where'er Ye Languish” by Thomas Moore
Every stanza of this hymn ends with the declaration that “earth has no sorrow” that is beyond the power of God in heaven to remove. Whether our anguish comes from feelings of guilt from sins committed or from the loss of a loved one, God has sent a Comforter to us – the Holy Spirit – who wants to help us through those difficult times.
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“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross:” by Isaac Watts
The Lutheran Hymnal Handbook includes this little narrative about this hymn: “With regard to the practical application of the final stanza, Father Ignatius of St. Edmund’s Church in London is reported to have blurted to his congregation: ‘Well, I’m surprised to hear you sing that. Do you know that altogether you put only fifteen shillings in the collection bag this morning?’”.
"Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart" by George Croly
In this prayerful hymn, we ask God to move within us so that we may live a life of whole-hearted devotion to Him, bathed in His presence and motivated by His love. We recall the “first and greatest commandment” to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, 38 NIV).
"Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above" by Johann Jakob
Deuteronomy 32:3 was the basis for this hymn of praise – “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!” (ESV) Using a variety of metaphors for God and for His works, this text overflows with proclamations of God's loving care for His people.
"As with the Gladness of Old" by W. Chatterton Dix