Behind the Carols: O Holy Night

Hymn writing isn’t often done for the money, and so because of that, many hymn writers had second jobs. Placide Cappeau, the writer of “O Holy Night,” was actually better known for most of his life as Placide Cappeau, the one-handed lawyer wine merchant. Placide started life as the son of a vintner, a wine […]

Behind the Carols: Joy to the World

“Joy to the World,” it is how we end every Christmas Eve service here at University Lutheran. This classic Christmas hymn is based on Psalm 98, which is a psalm of high praise – a good fit for a Christmas hymn, but it is also based on Genesis 3. The third verse of the hymn […]

Behind the Carols: O Come, All Ye Faithful

O Come, All Ye Faithful, joyful and triuuuuuumphant. For the next few weeks, we’re going to be looking at a few Christmas hymns. O Come, All Ye Faithful is a hymn originally written in the mid 1700’s in Latin. We don’t know who wrote it, exactly. It has been attributed to several people – but […]

Faith and Function

This past Sunday was the end of our 500 year Reformation celebration Annual Focus, “What does this mean?” This coming Sunday, we’re going to be starting a new Annual Focus, “We are the Body”. Last year we prepared ourselves by immersing ourselves in Lutheran theological concepts. This year, we’re going to look at how those […]

Thank You Day

Thanksgiving! As the father of a three year old, yesterday I was watching the PBS show “Daniel Tiger”. Daniel Tiger is a spin off of the old Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, in which Daniel Tiger of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe has his own show. In this episode, Daniel Tiger and his family celebrated “Thank You Day” […]