Scripture Verse

The voice of Thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. Psalm 77:18

Introduction

Words: Henry M. Turner, in The Hymn Book of the Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Pub­li­ca­tion De­part­ment of the Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church, 1877), num­ber 887, alt.

Music: Claude adapt­ed from Ge­ne­van 42, by Lou­is Bour­geois, 1551 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry M. Turner
(1834–1915)

Lyrics

God of thunder and the lightning
Clothed in majesty divine,
To Thy feet we bring this tribute;
Lord, accept this house as Thine.

To Thy name, O Lord Jehovah,
We this temple dedicate;
Lord receive this humble tribute,
Sanctify it, early, late.

Send Thy Spirit, Lord, from Heaven,
Consecrate its sacred halls;
Let Thy ever biding presence
Dwell within these humble walls.

Here may thousands hear Thy Gospel,
Preached in love and power divine,
While the glittering choirs of Heaven
Swell Thy upper courts sublime.

Here may sinners be converted
While we sing our Savior’s praise;
May the deaf, the halt, the blinded,
Here their Ebenezer raise.

Now to God, the King immortal,
Who reveals Himself to men,
Be the praise and glory given,
While the angels shout, Amen.