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We Gather Together

This week’s video features a hymn of thanksgiving, “We Gather Together.” Written in 1597 by Adrianus Valerius and originally titled “Wilt Heden Nu Treden”, the song celebrates the victory of the Dutch over the Spanish forces at the Battle of Turnhout. The song made its way to America in the early 1600’s through Dutch settlers. The tune traditionally sung today was written by Eduard Kremer, a Viennese choirmaster, in 1877. It is based on a 16th century Dutch folk song titled, “Ey, wilder den wilt.”

While we are less than a week away from celebrating the American Thanksgiving holiday, there are many nations around the world that have holidays dedicated to thanksgiving and gratitude. No matter where you are at, take time to reflect on what you are thankful for.

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be;
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Thank you for listening!

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.”

(Psalm 100:4-5)

20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

(Ephesians 5:20)

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