|Steve Starke's Hymn, "God's Redeem, Beloved and Holy."|
The hymn, "God's Redeemed, Beloved and Holy," used to introduce Witness, Mercy, and Life Together is now available for download from the Synod's Resource Page. (Here is the direct download link.) I hear that a full-color version is coming soon.
In the early days of planning, at the end of July 2010 and early August 2010, we thought it would be great to have a hymn reflecting the themes of Witness, Mercy, and Life Together. Late one evening over Facebook chat, a conversation of Rev. Steve Starke ensued. The next day, he emailed the hymn above -- well not in this exact form but ... Apparently, in 2005, once again demonstrating that this "idea" isn't new, Steve Starke wrote this hymn. We were very thankful that he was willing to share it with us. The singing at the board meetings and orientation, reported in Reporter October Online, was very robust. We hope you find it edifying in your congregation too.
Also, at the Synod's resource page are word studies on witness, mercy, and life together from the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT Word Study Link HERE)... more to come later.