Hymn of the Day: "Cast Out, O Christ", ACS 1016
Text: Mary Louise Bringle, b. 1953
Music: CONSOLATION, A. Davisson, Kentucky Harmony, 1816; arr.Theodore A. Beck, 1929–2003
This hymn names many challenges: hate, dread, grief, fear, and shame. We ask Jesus to remove them from our lives. His actions are not confined to those long-ago miracles of casting out demons, calming storms, and entering locked rooms. Rather, Jesus continues to bring life, hope, and health to us today. We pray that our lives may be transformed to spread God’s love and joy to the world. The plaintive yet sturdy tune reflects the bold confidence with which Martin Luther says we loving children are instructed to pray in his explanation of the Lord’s Prayer in the Small Catechism.