"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." - Jerome

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hymn: The Church

[adapted from earlier post, preparing for a series of posts on the word in the church]

Jesus, with Thy Church abide

If the church is body of Christ, we cannot have Christ without the Church. This moving hymn by Thomas Pollock (pictured right) is a prayer for the Church, to bring others into her for their salvation. Pollock ministered to the poor of London as a minister in the Church of England. Here are the better verses:

Jesus, with Thy Church abide,

Be her Savior, Lord, and Guide,

While on earth her faith is tried:

We beseech Thee, hear us.

Keep her life and doctrine pure,

Help her, patient, to endure,

Trusting in Thy promise sure:

We beseech Thee, hear us.

All her fettered powers release

Bid our strife and envy cease,

Grant the heav'nly gift of peace:

We beseech Thee, hear us.

May she guide the poor and blind,

Seek the lost until she find,

And the broken hearted bind:

We beseech Thee, hear us.

All that she has lost, restore,

May her strength and zeal be more

Than in brightest days of yore:

We beseech Thee, hear us.

May she holy triumphs win,

Overthrow the hosts of sin,

Gather all the nations in,

We beseech Thee, hear us.

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