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"Abide With Me" Video Released

March 28, 2021

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Wisconsin Lutheran Choir Alumni and Students Present Abide With Me

104 voices joined together in a virtual choir to sing this beloved hymn

MILWAUKEE, WI - During Wisconsin's Safer at Home order and Wisconsin Lutheran College's campus shutdown of spring 2020, Wisconsin Lutheran Choir alumni and students came together - virtually - to create an inspiring video recording of the beloved hymn Abide With Me. The virtual choir, directed by professor of music Dr. James A. Nowack, combines the individual voices of 104 participants into a beautiful choral tapestry proclaiming God's promise to “abide with us” amidst all of life's circumstances. 


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We invite you to read a special Palm Sunday devotion from campus pastor Rev. Greg Lyon, reflecting on the words of the Abide With Me:

"The hymn Abide With Me is not only a beloved hymn in all of Christianity, but it carries a special meaning to the WLC family. Many of us have heard the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir perform it at commencements, concerts, and - on one heartbreaking occasion during my time at WLC - at a memorial service remembering the life of a WLC student, now with Jesus.

"But I might suggest that this hymn carries special meaning, not just because of its campus legacy and the memories it evokes, but because of the message it proclaims. As we head into Holy Week with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the brutality of Good Friday, and the victory of Easter morning, we are reminded that the reason our Lord will abide with us always is because he was abandoned by his Father. Our Jesus felt the full wrath of God in our place so that our God would never abandon us but abide with us. Jesus felt the full sting of death so that we could proclaim 'Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still if thou abide with me.'

"As you listen to this recording of Abide With Me, it will likely stir up a lot of emotions, both good and difficult. But as those thoughts come flooding in, remember your Savior who marched willingly to Calvary and rose victoriously on Easter, and now assures you that he will always abide with you! May God continue to abide with you as you walk through this Holy Week and remember his love for you."

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