Featured Hymn: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross:” by Isaac Watts

Bulletin Blurb

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?’”.

Featured Hymn: "Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart"

"Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart" by George Croly

Bulletin Blurb

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).

January 20 Featured Hymn: "Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above"

"Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above" by Johann Jakob

Bulletin Blurb

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.

Featured Hymn for January 2, 2018: "As with the Gladness of Old"

"As with the Gladness of Old" by W. Chatterton Dix

Featured Hymn for December 15: "What Child Is This"

"What Child Is This" by W. Chatterton Dix

Feature Hymn: As with Gladness Men of Old

"As with Gladness Men of Old" by W. Chatterton Dix

Featured Hymn: All Praise to You, My God, This Night

"All Praise to You, My God, This Night" by Thomas Ken

Featured Hymn: A Mighty Fortress is our God

"A Mighty Fortress" by Martin Luther

In celebration of the the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we feature a hymn that has been a CCEL featured hymn in the past.

Featured Hymn: "The King of Love My Shepherd Is"

"The King of Love My Shepherd Is" by H. W. Baker

In this hymn, we contemplate the good care that our Good Shepherd gives. Even as we acknowledge that we are often “perverse and foolish,” and obviously do not deserve His kindness, God surrounds us with symbols of His loving care. Truly “thy goodness faileth never.”

General Information about Featured Hymns

What is a featured hymn?

Rather than highlighting a featured hymn, this announcement will explain Featured Hymns. has over 200,000 unique hymns and over 1.2 million hymn instances (versions of all hymns). Of these 200,000 hymns, classifies about 200 hymns as ‘Featured Hymns.’