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


“We Are Sent by the Lord” is a new hymn/choral anthem commissioned by WELS to complement the movie “To the Ends of the Earth,” produced by the amazing Boettcher + Trinklein. The talented Sarah Kutz Lambrecht wrote the original music to accompany my text, and NPH editor Jeremy Bakken created a suite of hymn and anthem resources based on her tune. Many thanks to them and also to WELS worship guru Bryan Gerlach for his encouragement and assistance.

The resources are still available for FREE. (Be sure to check out “Thoughts from the Poet” too!)


Plus, click here for a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Advent/Christmas hymn, “And When the Time Had Fully Come.”