Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ascension Hymn: A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

It is always a blessing to recognize that we are part of the Church catholic.  It is a Church that is not limited to the walls of Good Shepherd, to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, to North America, to the Evangelical-Lutheran Church, or to the 21st century.  We are a part of the Church -- the people of God from all corners of the earth spanning through many centuries of time and even into heaven.

At our entrance hymn tomorrow, we get to recognize that beautiful truth.  We will be singing, "A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing" for our Ascension service (transferred from Thursday).  The Christian Church has been joining together in this hymn, in one form or another, for about 1,300 years.  It was originally written by a British monk known as The Venerable Bede (673-735).

Tomorrow, we will join with Bede and with many other Christian voices spanning both time and space as we proclaim the ascension of our Lord: "Christ by a road before untrod ascends unto the throne of God!"

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