And When the Time Had Fully Come

Music by Joyce Schubkegel

This hymn explores Galatians 4:4-5: "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship."

Here the apostle Paul sets forth the all-important doctrine of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, an incarnation necessary for our salvation.

It has worked well for both Advent and Christmas worship, and Professor Emeritus Joyce Schubkegel's original setting is especially beautiful.


As Jesus Came That Christmas Night

This text explores the Advent theme of Jesus’ second coming, emphasizing the parallels with his first coming at Christmas. As our Lord came 2000 years ago, so he will come again—and we eagerly await that day!

I wrote the text for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Morris, Minnesota (LC-MC) for their Advent services in December 2014.

In Common Meter, it is paired with the well-known tune CONSOLATION (public domain), but it’s eagerly seeking a new, original hymn tune.


Hear the God of Love and Comfort

Music by Sarah Lambrecht

This Advent text is inspired by Isaiah 40: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” It conveys key Advent messages through the scaffolding of simple verbs:  Hear what God says . . . Know who this Child is . . . Prepare for his coming . . . Repent of your sins . . . Ponder and Proclaim the good news of Advent.

I wrote the text for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Morris, Minnesota (LC-MC) for their Advent services in December 2014. In 2015, Sarah Lambrecht wrote an original melody/arrangement that warms the text and takes it straight to the heart.


Jesus Comes, the Lord's Anointed

Based on Isaiah 61, this text emphasizes how Jesus’ coming brings true change—for the entire human race and specifically for each individual believer. Advent signals a new beginning for all of us!

I wrote the text for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Morris, Minnesota (LC-MC) for their Advent services in December 2014.

It's paired with EBENEZER, chosen by Pastor Mike Hanson of Good Shepherd—and his mom, who is an organist. It's a tune that rouses the soul! If any composers feel the urge, this text is also seeking a new, original hymn tune.


Mary, Mary Makes Her Humble Journey

Music by Joyce Schubkegel

This text explores the story of the visitation, Mary visiting Elizabeth when they are both pregnant (Luke 1:39-56).

Pastor Paul Koch (NALC) requested a hymn on this Bible text for use at a celebratory pro-life service for North Region Pregnancy Care Center in Roseau, Minnesota, in March 2014. I paired it with the Hebrew lullaby Numi, Numi, which Pastor Koch sang while playing his original guitar accompaniment.

It was also used by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Morris, Minnesota (LC-MC) for their Advent services in December 2014. Professor Joyce Schubkegel set the Middle Eastern tune very beautifully for keyboard, which is the setting available to you here.

This haunting lullaby will be new to most, but it’s worth the learning! I might suggest that a soloist or choir sing the first refrain and the verses, with the congregation joining in on subsequent refrains.


Mortals, Now Be Still and Ponder

Music by Joyce Schubkegel

This hymn attempts to capture the mystery of Christmas, asking us mere mortals to quiet ourselves and ponder once again these events that changed the course of history—and eternity.

It draws from John 1:1-14 and also alludes to Isaiah's Songs of the Suffering Servant.

The haunting melody written by Professor Emeritus Joyce Schubkegel creates a warm and wonderful mood—perfect for Christmas Eve.


Mortals, Now Be Still and Ponder

Music by Peter Sordahl


Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New

Music by Sarah Lambrecht