I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.@Matthew 16:18
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Neil Barham (1962-)

Neil Barham, 2005.

Thaxted Gustav T. Holst, The Planets 1921 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Gustav T. Holst (1874-1934)
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Mighty God, come build Your mighty Church
Upon Your mighty Word!
In the ears of an astounded world,
Make all Your Wisdom heard!
Let Your apostolic teaching
Forge in us a bond of awe,
As Your people come together,
Seeing more than Moses saw:
Not in cloud, or fiery pillar,
Come now to make us one,
But in Word made flesh come show Yourself,
Through Your Eternal Son!

As we praise Your name together
And worship all You are,
By the broken bread of Your own flesh,
Come heal our every scar!
In a life-transforming wonder,
Enter to show forth Your name.
Come engrave on our new hearts
This Love that You proclaim.
Work a miracle of fellowship
Among us as we pray,
Open up our hearts to meet the needs
We lift to You today.

With great gladness and sincerity
We praise our God and King,
Seeing in our trials and triumphs
His hand in everything.
And whether this world hates us
Or whether it may smile,
We will trust a sovereign mercy
To be working all the while
To augment the glorious choir
That sings in realms of endless day
Of amazing and unbounded love
That never fades away.