515. Highly Favored Congregation

1 Highly favored congregation,
loved by Jesus and esteemed,
ne’er forget thy destination,
why from this vain world redeemed.

2 Grounded on your Savior’s merit,
blessed in his communion sweet,
destined heaven to inherit,
and the church above to meet.

3 Witness here to all around you
of your Savior’s dying love;
tell them how he sought and found you,
gave you grace from heav'n above.

4 Evidence by word and action
that your faith is not in vain,
that your highest satisfaction
centers in the Lamb once slain.

5 By love’s closest bonds united,
as the Lord’s own family,
be to serve his name excited,
be to him a fruitful tree.

Text Information
First Line: Highly favored congregation
Title: Highly Favored Congregation
Author: Samuel T. Benade (1789, alt.)
Meter: 8.7.8.7. Trochaic
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Nature of the Church; Church--Community in Christ; Church--Foundation and nature (1 more...)
Tune Information
Name: BATTY
Composer: John Thommen (1745)
Meter: 8.7.8.7. Trochaic
Key: F Major
Source: Herrnhut (c. 1735); C. Gregor Choralbuch (1784)
Notes: 16 A in 1891 Offices of Worship and Hymns



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