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516. The Church of Christ

1 The church of Christ, which he has hallowed here
to be his house, is scattered far and near
in north, and south, and east, and west abroad;
and yet in earth and heav'n, thro' Christ, her Lord,
the church is one.

2 One member may not know another here,
and yet their fellowship is true and near;
one is their Savior, and their Father one;
one Spirit rules them, and among them none
lives to one's self.

3 They live to him who bought them with his blood,
baptized them with his Spirit, pure and good;
and in true faith and ever burning love,
their hearts and hopes ascend to seek above
th'eternal good.

4 O Spirt of the Lord, all life is yours;
now on your church your pow'r and strength out-pour,
that many children may be born to you
and through your knowledge may be brought anew
to sing Christ's praise.

Text Information
First Line: The church of Christ, which he has hallowed here
Title: The Church of Christ
Author: Augustus Gottlieb Spangenberg (1745)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)
Meter: Iambic
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Nature of the Church; Church--Foundation and nature; Church--Unity (3 more...)
Tune Information
Meter: Iambic
Key: G Major
Source: Folksong (c. 1100); Sacred melody (c. 1250); First printed by Johann Walther (1524); C. Gregor Choralbuch (1784)
Notes: 58 B in 1891 Offices of Worship and Hymns

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