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Almighty Builder, bless, we pray

Almighty Builder, bless, we pray

Author: Edward A. Church
Published in 5 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Almighty Builder, bless, we pray,
The cornerstone that here we lay;
And fair above it may we see
A house to serve mankind and Thee!

2 In truth be these foundations laid,
Each ordered course in wisdom made,
That firm these rising walls may stand,
Thy witness in a waiting land.

3 So shall Thy people honor yet
The sure foundation Thou hast set,
In prophets and apostles known.
With Jesus Christ the cornerstone.

4 Eternal One, to Thee we raise
This house of service and of praise;
Thy love and glory shall not fade
When all earth's temples low are laid.


Source: The Hymnal of The Evangelical United Brethren Church #348

Author: Edward A. Church

Church, Edward Alonzo. (Boston, Massachusetts, 1844--January 29, 1929, Roxbury, Massachusetts). He was a business man who wrote in 1904, for the laying of the cornerstone of the new edifice for the Church of the Disciples (Unitarian), Boston, of which he was a member, a hymn beginning "Almighty Builder, bless, we pray, The cornerstone that here we lay." The next year, for the final service in the old edifice which the congregation was leaving, he wrote a hymn beginning "O Thou to whom in prayer and praise, We here have turned with constant heart." Both hymns were included in The New Hymn and Tune Book, 1914, and the first is also in Hymns of the Spirit, 1937. --Henry Wilder Foote, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Almighty Builder, bless, we pray
Author: Edward A. Church



Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #456

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Services for Congregational Worship #487

The Churches of God Hymnal. #d19

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The Hymnal of The Evangelical United Brethren Church #348

The New Hymn and Tune Book #d16

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