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Comment by Steve on August 10, 2010 at 9:47pm
From: Wikipedia- Paul Manz (May 10, 1919 – October 28, 2009, was an American composer for choir and organ. His most famous choral work is the Advent motet "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come", which has been performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge, though its broadcast by the neighbouring Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, in its Advent Carol Service precipitated its popularity.

His most famous organ works are his volumes of neo-Baroque chorale preludes and partitas. Paul Manz long served the church as recitalist, composer, teacher and leader in worship. He was Cantor Emeritus at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Luke, Chicago, Illinois; as well as Cantor Emeritus of Mount Olive Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the director of the newly established Paul Manz Institute of Church Music, and was Professor Emeritus of Church Music at Christ Seminary Seminex at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Thank you for posting this, Rik. Dr. Manz certainly left us with many wonderful ways to praise our Savior. My FAVORITE quote from Paul is this........"Thank you for the grace of singing with me across the years in good times and in bad, when our words have stuck in our throats and when our eyes have overflowed with joy. It has ever been a Song of Grace: 'Love to the loveless shown that we might lovely be.' I have just been the organist. Thank you for letting me play."
Comment by Suzee on August 11, 2010 at 6:58am
Rev 22:1ff
And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. Rev 22:5 ESV

E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come. Amen.
Comment by Suzee on August 11, 2010 at 7:17am
I am coming soonRevelation 22:7
Pastor James F. Wright
Comment by Rik Eischen on August 11, 2010 at 9:45am
Comment by Suzee on August 11, 2010 at 10:49am
God of grace and God of glory,
On Thy people pour Thy power.
Crown Thine ancient church’s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour,
For the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil ’round us,
Scorn Thy Christ, assail His ways.
From the fears that long have bound us,
Free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the living of these days,
For the living of these days.

Cure Thy children’s warring madness,
Bend our pride to Thy control.
Shame our wanton selfish gladness,
Rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal.

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be,
Armored with all Christ-like graces,
In the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
That we fail not man nor Thee,
That we fail not man nor Thee.

Save us from weak resignation,
To the evils we deplore.
Let the search for Thy salvation,
Be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Serving Thee Whom we adore,
Serving Thee Whom we adore.
LSB 850

Psalm 80:14-19
2 Timothy 1:7
Romans 15:13
Comment by Steve on August 11, 2010 at 10:58am

I'm not sure if everyone knows the history behind "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come"...........

"E'n So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come." Ruth and Paul Manz's son John is in his 50's and has the original score of the hymn written while he was ill. Early on, while making his mark as pipe organist extraordinaire disaster struck. One of the Manz's children, their 3 year old son, came down with a childhood illness that threatened to end his life. "And at one point he was given up by the doctor as well as the staff," Paul says.Paul and Ruth Manz took turns at their son's bedside - Ruth by day, Paul by night. Ruth is a gifted lyricist and always on the lookout for ways to inspire her husband's composing. "I'm the underling. She calls the shots," Paul says, "In this particular case she was the spark plug...the spark plug that suggested the text," he says. During their vigil Ruth brought Paul some words she'd crafted based on a text in Revelation. "Peace be to you and grace from Him who freed us from our sins. Who loved us all and shed his blood that we might saved be. Sing holy, holy to our Lord, the Lord almighty God, who was and is and is to come, sing holy, holy Lord," Ruth says. "That is just a compilation of the theme in Revelation, Revelation 22, where it speaks of the longing of the Advent, actually, the coming of the Christ" she adds. "I think we'd reached the point where we felt that time was certainly running out so we committed it to the Lord and said, 'Lord Jesus quickly come,'" Ruth says.

Comment by Rik Eischen on August 11, 2010 at 11:03am
Thanks, Steve!
And thanks, Suzee, as well!
Comment by Suzee on August 11, 2010 at 11:08am
God works through suffering and miracles for His greater purpose - that the works of God might be displayed.

Thanks for sharing Rik and Steve.


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