October 18, 2011

The Gifts Christ Freely Gives

The gifts Christ freely gives He gives to you and me

To be His Church, His Bride, His chosen, saved and free!
Saints blest with these rich gifts are children who proclaim
That they were won by Christ and cling to His strong name.

The gifts flow from the font where He calls us to His own;

New life He gives that makes us His and His alone.
Here He forgives our sins with water and His Word;
The triune God Himself gives power to call Him Lord.

The gifts of grace and peace from absolution flow;

The pastor's words are Christ's for us to trust and know,
Forgiveness that we need is granted to us there;
The Lord of mercy sends us forth in His blest care.

The gifts are there each day the Holy Word is read;

God's children listen, hear, receive, and they are fed.
Christ fills them with Himself, blest words that give them life,
Restoring and refreshing them for this world's strife.
The gifts are in the feast, gifts far more than we see;

Beneath the bread and wine Is food from Calvary.
The body and the blood remove our every sin;
We leave His presence in His peace, renewed again.

----------- Lutheran Service Book, Hymn #602, "The Gifts Christ Freely Gives"

Have you ever sang this hymn before? If you have, you know that it is a wonderful hymn written by one of the most talented musicians in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Kantor Richard Resch from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

We had the fine pleasure of hosting Kantor Resch this past weekend.
Our church, Trinity Lutheran in Denver, Colorado, offered an organist workshop this past Saturday for all the area church organists. We had a fantastic turnout and I would venture to say that everyone enjoyed Kantor Resch's presentation.

The children enjoyed having breakfast with the Kantor before he headed off to the workshop that morning.

That night, a few of our church members came over to visit and share in a few drinks.

We had the fire going outside, everyone was sitting at Adrian's picnic table having a good ole' time. Even Renata was out there, all wrapped in a blanket, listening to the theological discussions taking place...

Kantor Resch played the organ on Sunday morning, which was fantastic! And, Kantor Lock played trumpet in a brass ensemble along with the MacGilvray boys and another gentleman who is a friend of our choir director. They were also outstanding. It was a wonderful service.

The children delight in having visitors, and Kantor Resch was no exception.
We were glad to have Kantor Resch stay at our house for the weekend. The children were pumped. They love the Kantor and they love to sing. They know the Kantor loves to sing. They know that having the Kantor at our house means they get to sing a bunch and as loud as they want!

This was perhaps the best part of the whole visit. Kantor Resch playing our piano while we sang our hearts out to some great hymns. I think if Kantor Resch would've been up for it, we might have done this for hours on end. It was just wonderful!

Our last day with Kantor Resch found us driving up into the mountains for some Beau Jo's pizza in Idaho Springs.

We had a great time visiting with the Kantor. If Benjamin could have, I think he might have tried to sneak into the Kantor's luggage to go home with him. We have a lot of pictures with little Ben on the Kantor's lap. I think the Kantor was pretty sweet on Ben too, how could he not be?

1 comment:

Christopher Gillespie said...

This is awesome. Kantor is a gentleman and a scholar. I love the shot of you all singing hymns around the piano.