Scripture Verse

Christ…loved the Church, and gave Himself for it. Ephesians 5:25

Introduction

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Eliza E. Hewitt
1851–1920

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in Crown­ing Glo­ry No. 2, ed­it­ed by Pe­ter P. Bil­horn (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: P. Bil­horn, 1890), num­ber 57.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick
1838–1921

Lyrics

For Christ and the Church, let our voic­es ring,
Let us hon­or the name of our own bless­èd king;
Let us work with a will in the strength of youth,
And loy­al­ly stand for the king­dom of truth.

Refrain

For Christ our dear Re­deem­er,
For Christ who died to save;
For the Church His blood hath pur­chased,
Lord, make us pure and brave.

For Christ and the Church,
Be our ear­nest pray­er,
Let us fol­low His ban­ner, the cross dai­ly bear;
Let us yield, whol­ly yield, to His Spi­rit’s pow­er,
And faith­ful­ly serve Him in life’s bright­est hour.

Refrain

For Christ and the Church,
Willing of­fer­ings make,
Time and tal­ents and gold,
For the dear Mas­ter’s sake;
We’ll re­mem­ber the best we can bring to Him,
The heart’s wealth of love,
That will ne­ver grow dim.

Refrain

For Christ and the Church, let us cast aside,
By His con­quer­ing grace,
Chains of self, fear and pride;
May our lives be en­riched by an aim so grand,
Then hap­py the call to the Sav­ior’s right hand.

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