We remember the wonderful Dr. Norman Nagel on this episode of The Coffee Hour. Rev. William Cwirla— pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hacienda Heights, California, Rev. Dr. John Pless— Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and Director of Field Education at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Rev. Charles Henrickson— pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri, join Andy and Sarah to talk about their memories of Dr. Nagel, what they learned from him, and how his ministry has influenced and shaped their own ministries. In bonus podcast content, Rev. Billy Brath, Vice President for Ministry Support with Lutheran Church Extension Fund, shares his memories of Dr. Nagel.
Read Dr. Nagel’s obituary at blogs.lcms.org/2019/obituary-rev-dr-norman-edgar-nagel-professor-emeritus-at-concordia-seminary-st-louis.
Image: #eyesoflife portrait of the Rev. Dr. Norman Nagel on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Laclede Groves in Webster Groves, Mo. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford
This hymn was written by Rev. Charles Henrickson and set to the tune Merton (LSB 345), and he wrote it for the festschrift Dona Gratis Donata for Dr. Nagel for his 90th birthday:
Always More than We Can Measure
1 Always more than we can measure,
All the gifts God has in store;
More than any earthly treasure,
Gospel gifts are always more.
2 Our dear Father we’re addressing,
All we need He knows before:
Food and drink and every blessing,
Daily gifts, and always more.
3 Jesus came, the Man from heaven,
All our sins our Savior bore;
Full forgiveness, freely given,
And with that comes even more.
4 Life arising, life victorious,
At the tomb an open door;
Through the cross comes new life glorious:
Christ is risen, first of more.
5 Now the Holy Spirit’s preaching
Spreads the news from shore to shore;
Now the church, baptizing, teaching,
Brings true faith to more and more.
6 Christ speaks words of consecration:
“Body given, blood outpoured”;
Life, forgiveness, and salvation–
Gospel gifts, and always more!
∆ 7 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Triune God whom we adore;
Heaven’s song–we soon will hear it,
Praising You forevermore!
Text: © 2014 Charles Henrickson
Tune: Merton (LSB 345) 87 87
Here is a tune that Rev. Henry Gerike wrote for it:
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