Lord Jesus, Thou the Church's Head

Lord Jesus, Thou the Church's Head

Author: Johann Mentzer; Translator: William J. Schaefer
Tune: REUTER
Published in 6 hymnals

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1 Lord Jesus, Thou the Church's Head,
Thou art her one Foundation;
In Thee she trusts, before Thee bows,
And waits for Thy salvation.
Built on this Rock secure,
Thy Church shall endure
E'en though the world decay
And all things pass away.
Oh, hear, oh, hear us, Jesus!

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

3 Help us to serve Thee evermore
With hearts both pure and lowly.
And may Thy Word, that light divine,
Shine on in splendor holy
That we repentance show,
In faith ever grow;
The power of sin destroy
And all that doth annoy.
Oh, make us faithful Christians!

4 And for Thy Gospel let us dare
To sacrifice all treasure;
Teach us to bear Thy blessed cross,
To find in Thee all pleasure.
Oh, grant us steadfastness
In joy and distress,
That we Thee ne'er forsake.
Let us by grace partake
O endless joy and glory.



Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #212

Author: Johann Mentzer

Mentzer, Johann, was born July 27, 1658, at Jahmen, near Rothenburg, in Silesia, and became a student of theology at Wittenberg, In 1691 he was appointed pastor at Merzdorf; in 1693 at Hauswalde, near Bischofswerda; and in 1696 at Kemnitz, near Bernstadt, Saxony. He died at Kemnitz, Feb. 24, 1734 (G. F. Otto's Lexicon . . . Oberlausizischer Schriftsteller, ii., 581; ms. from Pastor Richter of Kemnitz, &c). He was a great friend of J. C. Schwedler, of Henrietta Catherine von Gersdorf, and of N. L. von Zinzendorf, all hymnwriters, and all his near neighbours. He was himself greatly tried in the furnace of affliction. He wrote a large number of hymns, over 30 of which appeared in the various hymnbooks of his time. Many of them, especially t… Go to person page >

Translator: William J. Schaefer

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Text Information

First Line: Lord Jesus, Thou the Church's Head
German Title: O Jesu einig wahres Haupt
Author: Johann Mentzer
Translator: William J. Schaefer
Meter: 8.7.8.7.6.5.6.6.7
Language: English
Copyright: Tr. © 1938 Concordia Publishing House

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #536
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #212TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #647
Lutheran Worship #293TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #2511Audio
Include 1 pre-1979 instance



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