January 8 “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It” is a balm to those troubled by sin, and its subject is the

power of baptism to save sinners. The text is not decorous or fancy, but rather simple, direct, and forceful, in the vein of Martin Luther’s hymns. In the first stanza, the author sets out the meaning of baptism and its worth. The next three stanzas identify sin, Satan, and death, asserting in no uncertain terms the power of baptism over all three. Stanzas 4 and 5 bring in the idea of eternal life as a benefit or baptism. The main ideas of the hymn are taking directly from the section on Holy Baptism in Luther’s Small Catechism., which, in answer to the question “What benefits does Baptism give?” says: “It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.” January 15 ”The Only Son from Heaven” is one of the few early Lutheran hymns by a woman. Elisabeth Cruciger (1505-1535) was the wife of one of Luther’s closest associates, Caspar Cruciger. Elisabeth was known as a clever, yet very talented woman. Some consider her hymn, “The Only Son from Heaven” to be one of the first Protestant hymns written. The text of this hymn captures the Epiphany season—Jesus Christ revealing himself as the world’s light and a reminder to us as to why it is important to remember that Christ is both God and man—he needed to be in order to conquer death and give us the gift of eternal life. January 22 “O Christ Our True and Only Light” The text of today’s Hymn of the Day, “O Christ, Our True and Only Light” ties in very nicely with the sending of Jonah to Ninevah (Old Testament lesson) and the calling of Simon and Andrew (Gospel lesson). Stanza 2 encapsulates the sending of Jonah to “Fill with the radiance of Your grace The souls now lost in error’s maze”. Stanzas 3 and 4 connect with the calling of Simon and Andrew and Jesus’ words that “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” As disciples, they will “call those gone astray” and “shine on the darkened and the cold”. The work of Jesus, Jonah, and the disciples (and our witness today!) is “That they with us may evermore Such grace with wond’ring thanks adore And endless praise to You be giv’n By all Your Church in earth and heav’n.”

January 29 The original German text of this hymn, “O God, My Faithful God,” was written by Johann Heermann during the Thirty Years' War, during which illness-prone Heermann lost all his worldly possessions several times, his first wife succumbed to the plague, and his town was plundered and devastated by plague and fire. This prayerful hymn pleads for simple gifts from God: holy living, patience in tribulation, and joy in death. Assured in our salvation, we pray for

whom Moses & Elijah personify as they appear at the Transfiguration. we sing of the great glory of Jesus revealed in His Transfiguration. at which Christ will appear again to judge the world. and now the glory of the Messiah is revealed! The fanfare-like quality of the tune (SEWARD) reminds us of the voice of God. James and John. and Anticipation of the future great and glorious Epiphany." Says it all. the Almighty” … February 12 The Hymn of the Day. doesn't it? February 19 “Jesus on the Mountain Peak” retells the Transfiguration story recounted in the Gospel lesson from the perspective of Jesus' companions. who confirmed Jesus' identity on the Mount of Transfiguration. "Songs of Thankfulness and Praise". “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [we] have been called.these gifts as well in singing this hymn. in the words of Paul. was actually written for this day of the church year by the famous poet Christopher Wordsworth. Peter. The "law and the prophets" is a liturgical reference to the order of readings in the synagogue. that we might. In all four stanzas. The point: all Scripture is about Jesus. A recapitulation of the Subjects presented in the Services of former weeks throughout the season of Epiphany. Key to this hymn are references to law and the prophets.” February 5 “Praise to the Lord. declaring: "This is my beloved Son. Here was the subtitle: "Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany." .

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