Hi, girls (and guys)....
Sorry to bug you about this while you're all dreaming of cake, but my dear grandpa died last night after having another heart attack (his fourth). It was a long hard night and I am trying to do what I can to help. Luckily they have six kids that are helping my grandma through this, although everyone is pretty shook up because it happened pretty suddenly. ER and the cardiac surgery team worked on him for about 2 hours before they couldn't help him anymore. They just couldn't get the chambers of his heart to work together They just celebrated their 50th anniversary a couple of weeks ago (they're the ones I made the 50th anniversary cake for).
I am looking for a song my grandma wants at his funeral. The only thing she was able to tell me was that it came out of the Lutheran Hymnal and it has the words "mansion waiting for me" or something like that in it.
Would any of you have any clue as to what song that might be? I've searched and searched and cannot find anything that seems similar to that. I know it's like searching for a needle in a haystack. I'm trying to help with the music and they're asking me to help with food, too. Which is absolutely fine because I don't know what else to do!!! This way I feel like I'm taking some of the pressure off of them and they can concentrate on Grandma a little more.
TIA if any of you are able to help!!!
I am so sorry about your grandpa.
which Lutheran hymnal... there are 4 different versions in use at the moment.
the very old The Lutheran Hymnal (c) 1941 (LCMS, LCA, ALC) called either the red book or the blue book
the more recent Lutheran Worship (LCMS - blue cover, ELCA - green cover)
and the newest Lutheran Service Book (LCMS - brown cover)
a search of The Lutheran Hymnal (oldest of the 4) shows only 2 hymns with mansion in them
#200 "I Know that My Redeemer Lives"
by Samuel Medley, 1738-1799
1. I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living Head.
2. He lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all-glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high.
3. He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.
4. He lives to grant me rich supply,
He lives to guide me with His eye,
He lives to comfort me when faint,
He lives to hear my soul's complaint.
5. He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart.
6. He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I'll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
7. He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He Iives to bring me safely there.
8. He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"
midi link: http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/online/tlh-200.mid
#371: "Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness"
by Ludwig von Zinzendorf, 1700-1760
Translated by John Wesley, 1703-1791
1. Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.
2. Bold shall I stand in that great Day,
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully through these absolved I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.
3. The holy, meek, unspotted Lamb,
Who from the Father's bosom came,
Who died for me, e'en me t'atone,
Now for my Lord and God I own.
4. Lord, I believe Thy precious blood,
Which at the mercy-seat of God
Forever doth for sinners plead,
For me--e'en for my soul--was shed.
5. Lord, I believe were sinners more
Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all a ransom paid,
For all a full atonement made.
6. When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies,
E'en then, this shall be all my plea:
Jesus hath lived and died for me.
7. Jesus, be endless praise to Thee,
Whose boundless mercy hath for me,
For me, and all Thy hands have made,
An everlasting ransom paid.
midi link: http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/online/tlh-371.mid
tho' in neither is the exact wording as your Grandma stated it.
Maybe someone else with copies of the more recent hymnals might find a closer match.
May you find JOY in the assurance of the resurrection in Christ our Lord, trusting in HIS salvation and may your Grandfather's service be a wonderful celebration of his new life in Christ and the promise of being reunited with him when you too attain the Kingdom of God.
I did find the songs you mentioned and a couple other ones (in fact from the website you mentioned), unfortunately they are not what she's looking for.
Silly me should've probably just called St. Paul's church yesterday to find out. Maybe the funeral home will have an idea. They've done it a few times.