Concordia Experience

Themes for 2013-2014

“Continuing in His Word” 

Theme, Text and Hymn for Concordia’s 150th Anniversary Year

John 8:31b-32

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Banner f0r 2013-2014 year at Concordia University Chicago

Hymn of the Year

“O God our Father, Source and Destination”

O God our Father, source and destination,

Our everlasting hope and constant stay,

Your mighty arm has won for us salvation;

Your gracious hand has led us on the way.

Preserve us now, and grant that we

Hold fast the truth that makes us free

As we continue in your Word.


O Christ our Savior, light of every nation,

We praise you for the saints who labored here

To build a house upon your sure foundation,

And bear your light through every passing year.

Help us proclaim, as they have done,

The truth of our redemption won

As we continue in your Word.


O Holy Spirit, finish your creation,

By granting pow’r and wisdom from above

That we may gladly serve in our vocation,

As true disciples, quickened by your love.

And give us thankful hearts to raise

A never-ending song of praise

As we continue in your Word.

By Dr. Carl Schalk and Dr. David Rogner

150th Festival Hymn—O God Our Father, Source and Destination

As part of the commemoration of our sesquicentennial anniversary, Concordia has commissioned a hymn to be sung at festival worship services.  While the hymn was written for our celebration, there is little doubt that it will prove edifying for use at other institutions and churches.  We garnered the talent for such an important project from our own Concordia community.  Dr. David Rogner (’82), Professor of English, and Dr. Carl Schalk (’52), Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music, collaborated on a simple but powerful text and tune based upon the university’s theme passage, John 8:31-32: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (ESV).

The project has been a true artistic and spiritual collaboration.  Dr. Rogner kept Dr. Schalk’s distinctive style in mind as he wrote the text.  Dr. Schalk, for his part, employed the newly written text to inspire and inform the musical expression of the hymn.  Both men found the synergy crucial for the shaping of this work, which they hope will be well received as a thanksgiving for 150 years of blessings bestowed upon Concordia, as well as a heart-felt supplication for God’s continued presence as we continue in His Word.

                                                                                                                                     Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger

Carl Schalk and David Rogner