647. Lord Jesus Christ, the Church's Head

1 Lord Jesus Christ, the Church's Head,
You are her one foundation;
In You she trusts, before You bows,
And waits for Your salvation.
Built on this rock secure,
Your Church shall endure
Though all the world decay
And all things pass away.
O hear, O hear us, Jesus!

2 O Lord, let this Your little flock,
Your name alone confessing,
Continue in Your loving care,
True unity possessing.
Your sacraments, O Lord,
And Your saving Word
To us, Lord, pure retain.
Grant that they may remain
Our only strength and comfort.

3 Help us to serve You evermore
With hearts both pure and lowly;
And may Your Word, that light divine,
Shine on in splendor holy
That we repentance show,
In faith ever grow;
The pow'r of sin destroy
And evils that annoy.
O make us faithful Christians.

4 And for Your Gospel let us dare
To sacrifice all treasure;
Teach us to bear Your blessed cross,
To find in You all pleasure.
O grant us steadfastness
In joy and distress,
Lest we, Lord, You forsake.
Let us by grace partake
O endless joy and gladness.

Text Information
First Line: Lord Jesus Christ, the Church's head
Title: Lord Jesus Christ, the Church's Head
Translator: William J. Schaefer, 1891-1976
Author: Johann Mentzer, 1658-1734
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 87 87 65 66 7
Scripture: Ephesians 2:19-21; Matthew 16:16-18; Ephesians 4:3-6; Ephesians 4:15-16
Topic: Redeemer
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Friedrich O. Reuter, 1863-1924
Meter: 87 87 65 66 7
Key: D Major
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)

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