The late Jaroslav Vadja said, “My hymns are what they are: poetic expressions of thanks to God. They are my grateful reaction—my praise and wonder and exclamation—to the love and glory of God.”

Here at “Verses for the King” you will find my hymns, original texts with new music from talented composers. I invite you to enter, read, meditate, sing aloud. I hope you and your congregation might find these hymns useful for worship and praise. May all our hearts be stirred by a noble theme—the good news of forgiveness and life through our King, Jesus Christ.
— Laurie Gauger



Hymn Writers’ Roundtable

So honored and excited to participate in the Hymn Writers' Roundtable at the Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago on May 31. I'm going to learn so much! The roundtable participants are—

               Jill Baumgaertner (Independent)  
               Susan Cherwien (ELCA)  
               Lisa Clark  (LCMS)  
               Laurie Gauger (WELS)
               Michael Schultz (WELS)
               Stephen Starke (LCMS)
               Brian Wentzel (ELCA)

Dr. David Rogner, chair of the English department at CUC, will serve as moderator. Jonathan Kohrs and Barry Bobb will serve as recorders for the event. There may also be a couple of observers in the room... (Carl Schalk & Steven Wente, for example)