Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vancouver, B.C.

"For we hold that a person is justified by faith alone" Romans 3

Music from the German Choir’s CD, recorded May 29 and 30, 2000, in the Sanctuary of Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, with conductor Robert Jordan, piano accompanist Renée Lavdas and church organist Erwin Polinsky on two tracks as well.

Singers and Performers on the German Choir CD


Robert Jordan


Renée Gill


Erwin Polinsky

Front Row 

Renee Lavdas, Pianist

Hildegard Kurtz

Rosa Roller

Adele Gretzinger,

Nelly Weger

Ida Walz

Wanda Albrecht

Angelika Meuter

Edith Kraemer

Edith Schilling

Karin Born

Ruth Heise

Back Row

Robert Jordan, Director

John Jaerhlich

Artur Wolter

Richard Gertz

Helmut Kraemer

Robert Gretzinger

Hermann Roller

Arthur Roeske

Singing on the CD but not included in the photo:  Erika Gunther (Alto) and Ruth Freedman (Honorary Alto)

Photograph taken on May 14, 2000

Der Herr ist Mein Licht

This song is based on verses 1 through 4 of Psalm 27.

The entire Psalm is worth reading.  The version below is from the King James Bible.

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore, will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies:

for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Vater Unser is a setting of the Lord’s prayer by the famous Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov, who also wrote such well-known pieces as Sheherazade. Translation follows … so please enjoy this piece as sung by the German Choir of 20 years ago.

Vater Unser

(The Lord’s Prayer -- King James Bible version)

Our Father which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.


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