The Church of God a Kingdom Is

The church of God a kingdom is

Author: Lionel Muirhead
Communion Songs
Published in 19 hymnals

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1 The Church of God a kingdom is,
Where Christ in power doth reign,
Where spirits yearn till seen in bliss
Their Lord shall come again.

2 Glad companies of saints possess
This Church below, above;
And God’s perpetual calm doth bless
Their paradise of love.

3 An altar stands within the shrine
Whereon, once sacrificed,
Is set, immaculate, divine,
The Lamb of God, the Christ.

4 There rich and poor, from countless lands,
Praise God on mystic rood;
There nations reach forth holy hands
To take God’s holy food.

5 There pure life-giving streams o’erflow
The sower’s garden-ground;
And faith and hope fair blossoms show,
And fruits of love abound.

6 O King, O Christ, this endless grace
To us and all men bring,
To see the vision of thy face
In joy, O Christ, our King.

Source: The New English Hymnal #483

Author: Lionel Muirhead

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First Line: The church of God a kingdom is
Title: The Church of God a Kingdom Is
Author: Lionel Muirhead
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Liturgical Use: Communion Songs


The Church of God a Kingdom is, L. B. C. L. Muirhead. [The Church of Christ.] Contributed to the Yattendon Hymnal, 1899, No. 61, with the note at p. 18: "By Lionel B. C. L. Muirhead, 1898; written for this book: after Van Eyck's picture of the "Worship of the Lamb." This picture, now in the Cathedral of St. Bavon at Ghent, was begun by Hubert van Eyck about 1420, and finished by his brother Jan in 1432 (the reproduction by the Arundel Society is one of the best of their issues). The hymn is repeated in The English Hymnal, 1906, No. 488. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #325a
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #325b
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #635
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Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #701
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Small Church Music #1859Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #790TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #483Text
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