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
 
 

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"In Stephen's Shadow" is written in memory of the Coptic Christian martyrs of 2017 - and all others murdered because they call Jesus Christ their Savior. 

“In Stephen’s Shadow” is an adaptation of "We Praise the Christ for Martyred Saints," a commissioned text for the 2017 WELS National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts (see video below). With a new tune written by Sarah Lambrecht, it is available for sale at this website and Sarah’s website.

"We Praise the Christ for Martyred Saints"
Commissioned for the 2017 WELS National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts
All Saints' Day Worship, June 15, 2017
Tune: EIN NEUES LIED WIR HEBEN AN, Martin Luther / Arr: Mark Knickelbein