The Office Hymn during Morning Prayer at Concordia Theological Seminary’s annual Good Shepherd Institute in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on November 5, 2018, was Lutheran Service Book #793, “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven.” Stanza 2 was sung by all in harmony. This hymn, based on Psalm 103, is composed by Henry F. Lyte, and the tune is “Lauda Anima,” written by John Goss:
“Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To His feet your tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing:
Praise the everlasting King.
“Praise Him for His grace and favor
To His people in distress;
Praise Him still the same as ever,
Slow to chide and swift to bless:
Glorious in His faithfulness.
“Father-like He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows;
In His hand He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Widely yet His mercy flows.
“Angels, help us to adore Him;
You behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
All who dwell in time and space.
Praise with us the God of grace.”
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