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Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Sometimes the soul of the Christian needs to cry out exuberantly with joy, thanks, and adoration, even without identifying the reasons for such praise and adoration. Moreover, Christians who gather corporately find it fitting to do so as the grateful body of Christ. The Confessions of the church recognize this natural expression. Belgic Confession, Article 1 sees God as the “overflowing source of all good,” and such a realization deserves an “Alleluia!” Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2 is a reminder that living in the joy of our comfort involves a spirit of thanks for his deliverance. In the same spirit, Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 2 exclaims, “God is King: Let the earth be glad! Christ is victor: his rule has begun! The Spirit is at work: creation is renewed!” and then as a natural response cries: “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”
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Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Tune Information

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MADRID
Key
G Major or modal
Meter
6.6.6.6 D
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Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Author Information

Christian Henry Batemen (b. August 9, 1813, d. July, 1889) was a minister in a number of different churches and denominations. Having studied in the Moravian Church, he became the minister of Richmond Place Congregational Church in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1843. In 1869 he took Holy Orders in the Church of England, and was a curate, chaplain, or Vicar in the Anglican church for the rest of his life. He published about 200 hymn texts in his lifetime, reaching a circulation of six million before 1881. He died in Carlisle upon retirement.
— Laura de Jong
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