Sinners May To Christ Draw Near

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1 Sinners may to Christ draw near:
Let this word of consolation
Be proclaimed to ev'ry soul
Sore in need of God's salvation.
Grace and peace are offered here:
Sinners may to Christ draw near.

2 Naught but wrath have I deserved,
Yet the pledge to me is given
In His sure, prophetic Word
That my home shall be in heaven.
This allays all doubt and fear:
Sinners may to Christ draw near.

3 When a sheep hath gone astray,
After it the shepherd goeth;
Jesus, loving all His own,
On the lost His help bestoweth,
Lest they be devoid of cheer:
Sinners may to Christ draw near.

4 Come, ye sinners, one and all,
Heavy-laden, sorely stricken;
Jesus gives you sure relief,
He your fainting hearts will quicken;
When the way looks dark and drear,
Sinners may to Christ draw near.

5 Sinners may to Christ draw near;
I am not by Him rejected.
He hath opened wide the gate
And a throne of grace erected.
For me, too, the way is clear:
Sinners may to Christ draw near.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #125

Author: Erdmann Neumeister

Neumeister, Erdmann, son of Johann Neumeister, schoolmaster, organist, &c, at Uechteritz, near Weissenfels, was born at Uechteritz, May 12, 1671. He entered the University of Leipzig in 1689, graduated M.A. in 1695, and was then for some time University lecturer. In June 1697 he was appointed assistant pastor at Bibra, and in 1698 pastor there, and assistant superintendent of the Eckartsberg district. He was then, in 1704, called by Duke Johann Georg, to Weissenfels as tutor to his only daughter, and assistant court preacher, and shortly afterwards court preacher. After the death of this princess, Neumeister was invited by the Duke's sister (she had married Count Erdmann II. von Promnitz) to Sorau, where on New Year's Day, 1706, he entered… Go to person page >

Translator: Herman H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sinners may to Christ draw near
Title: Sinners May To Christ Draw Near
Author: Erdmann Neumeister
Translator: Herman H. Brueckner
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



First published in Johann Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica (1653) without attribution, JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT was credited to Crüger (PHH 42) in the 1668 edition of that hymnal. (The later isorhythmic RATISBON is related to this tune; see 34.) JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT is named for its association w…

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