Suggested Hymns from

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

(Year C)

Unifying Theme:
Great and holy is God; man, follow Christ, your salvation

Scripture Theme Hymns
Isaiah 6:1-8, 9-13 The awesome holiness of God 64: Holy, Holy, Holy
79: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Psalm 138 The great glory of God 98: To God Be the Glory
198: My Soul Gives Glory to My God
280: All Glory, Laud, and Honor
577: God of Grace and God of Glory
679: O Splendor of God's Glory Bright
Luke 5:1-11 Christ the leader; man the follower 128: He Leadeth Me
338: Where He Leads Me
381: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
411: Dear Lord, Lead Me Day by Day
580: Lead On, O King Eternal
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Christ, our salvation 165: Hallelujah! What a Savior
381: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Featured Hymn
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

Text: Reginald Heber
Music: John B. Dykes
Tune: NICAEA, Meter: 11 12.12 10

There are some mysteries that run so deep that they defy comprehension, yet their truth is beyond question. This week's featured hymn praises the Trinity, one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. During His own life on earth, Jesus spoke often of the Father. He referred to Himself as the Son. He comforted His disciples, promising that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. He instructed His disciples to baptize in the of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The teaching and direction from the Lord cannot be more clear, yet there are few things that are so hard to comprehend.

Reginald Heber penned the words to this hymn especially for singing after recitation of the Nicene Creed on Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost). Several decades later, John Dykes wrote the tune Nicaea especially for these words. This tune, which is so well known and loved, reflects the hymn's connection to the Nicene Creed, the Council of Nicaea, and the doctrine of the Trinity.

The rich allusions to scripture throughout the text weave a glorious tapestry of God, who is holy, eternal, mighty, and merciful. As you sing the words, remember your salvation. Know that God created you, redeemed you, and sustains you, and give Him all of the glory and the praise.

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.
3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.
4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

May your song of praise to God rise early in the morning, through the day, and all your life long!

God bless you--
Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.