"Shelter Me"

by Father Michael Joncas


During this time, we are in much need of comfort and reassurance. One of the resources we can turn to are the classic hymns of our faith, many of which were written during times of trouble and distress. Each week, St. Mark's Director of Worship & the Arts, Kristin Young, is recording one of these "Great Hymns of Our Faith," and sharing the background story about how the hymn came to be. We hope these rich hymns bring you a measure of peace and lift your heart. 


This week's hymn, "Shelter Me," is actually a new hymn, but is surely destined to become a classic, It was written by Father Michael Joncas (composer of "On Eagle's Wings") especially for this time of sheltering in place. He had been praying about the global epidemic and was inspired to write this hymn, based on the 23rd Psalm, to reassure us that our Great Shepherd has promised to stay with us and bring us peace.

"I Want Jesus to Walk with Me"



From the St. Mark's "Great Hymns of Our Faith" series.

A hymn of assurance that, in the midst of our fears and in every possible moment of our lives, Jesus walks alongside us.

African American Spiritual of unknown origin

Tune: Sojourner

Performed by Kristin Young, Director of Worship and the Arts, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Aurora IL

"You Are Mine"

by David Haas

sung by Walkers to Heaven

"O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee"


From St. Mark's "Great Hymns of Our Faith" series.

A prayer for help as we follow in Christ's way of sacrifice in serving others.

Music by Henry Percy Smith (1825-1898)

Words by Washington Gladden (1836-1918)

Performed by Kristin Young, Director of Worship and the Arts, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Aurora, IL.

"In Christ Alone"

by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

performed by Celtic Worship

"Be Still My Soul"

A reflection on God's faithfulness and love through every trial.

Words by Kathrina von Schlegel (1697- ); Jane Borthwick, translator (1813-1897))

Music by Jean Sibelius (1865-1967), "Finlandia"

David Evans (1874-1948) matched the translation with the tune in 1927. This pairing was brought to the United States when it was used by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. in its 1933 hymnal.

Performed by Kristin Young, Director of Worship & the Arts, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Aurora, IL.

"Because He Lives"

Matt Maher

"Abide with Me"

A prayer for God to remain present with us throughout life, through trials and through death.

Words by Henry Frances Lyte (1793-1847)

Music by William Henry Monk, "Eventide" (1823-1889)

Performed by Kristin Young, Director of Worship & the Arts, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Aurora, IL