Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 28, 2010

A change from Wesley today…

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and him who reigns with them in highest heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Martin Rinkart, tr. Catherine Winkworth

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }


Kim 02.28.10 at 7:21 am

One of the all-time greats!


Richard 02.28.10 at 7:57 am

I had you in mind whenI posted this, Kim. I know it’s one of your favourites.


Tony Buglass 02.28.10 at 9:09 am

And should ALWAYS be sung to “Nun Danket”, and sung with energy and passion. That modern tune just doesn’t work - it trivialises the whole thing.


Richard 02.28.10 at 11:38 am

Can’t argue with that.


fat prophet 02.28.10 at 1:08 pm

Only problem with this hymn is it takes me back to some pretty dreadful school assemblies - one teacher who could bore for Britain always had this hymn at their assemblies.


Richard 02.28.10 at 2:53 pm

I know what you mean, FP. That sort of association can work both ways with many hymns, spoiling fine ones and ‘making’ hymns that would otherwise be unsingable.


Joel 02.28.10 at 9:45 pm

I like the emphasis on God’s grace and blessings. Many times I have heard someone, either in talking to me of what they need to do, or what others need to do to “get right with God.” To me, that places the emphasis very skewed. We do have a role in accepting the gift of what God gives us and then by God’s grace and the Holy Spirit accepting, humbly, the transformation to do good. However, we cannot free ourselves, but instead only live in the freedom granted us and then by God’s providence as well as the indwelling Holy Spirit working in us to, as John Wesley provided, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

So, a break from Wesley but a powerful way to reflect on God’s sovereignty in a larger context than just our own denominational and cultural grounding .

“Nun danket alle Gott”

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