259. Church, Rejoice!

1 Church, rejoice!
Raise thy voice,
Sing Jehovah’s worthy praise;
Extol His Name forever;
Laud Him, our God and Savior;
Proclaim to every nation
The tidings of salvation;
Bear ye witness
To His greatness;
Spread the story
Of His glory
To the earth’s remotest bound.

2 Church, unite
For the right;
Let thy foes behold thy stand;
Rebuke them for their error;
Inspire with hope and fervor;
Declare the Savior’s merit
And how the Holy Spirit
By His power,
Every hour,
Will direct us
And protect us
In a world of sin and strife.

3 Church, go forth
O’er the earth;
Christ, thy Head, has hallowed thee,
A chosen Bride forever,
Adorned for our Savior;
Be strong and be not cheerless,
And may thy saints be fearless;
In all places,
With all races,
May that story
Of His glory
Be the hope of all the world.

Text Information
First Line: Church, rejoice!
Title: Church, Rejoice!
Author (stanza 1): Johann Daniel Herrnschmidt, 1675-1723
Author (stanzas 2 & 3): Russell G. Holder, 1896-_____ (1939)
Meter: Mixed
Language: English
Publication Date: 1969
Topic: The Church's Life and Work: Spread of the Gospel
Tune Information
Composer: George Joseph (1657, a.)
Meter: Mixed
Key: A♭ Major

Tune Information:

Singt dem Herrn nah und fern; (225, A)

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