1 Church of God, beloved and chosen,
Church of God, for whom He died,
Claim thy gifts, and praise the Giver,
Ye are washed and sanctified—
Sanctified by God the Father,
And by Jesus Christ His Son,
And by God the Holy Spirit,
Holy, holy, Three in One.
2 By His will He sanctifieth,
By the Spirit’s power within;
By the loving hand that chasteneth
Fruits of righteousness to win;
By His truth and by His promise;
By the Word, His gift unpriced;
By His own blood, and by union
With the risen life of Christ.
3 Holiness by faith in Jesus,
Not by effort of thine own,
Sin’s dominion crushed and broken,
By the power of grace alone;
God’s own holiness within Thee,
His own beauty on Thy brow;
This shall be thy pilgrim brightness,
This thy blessèd portion now.
4 He will sanctify thee wholly;
Body, spirit, soul shall be
Blameless til thy Savior’s coming,
In His glorious majesty.
He hath perfected for ever
Those whom He hath sanctified;
Spotless, glorious, and holy,
Is the Church, His chosen bride.
Havergal, Frances Ridley, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Havergal, was born at Astley, Worcestershire, Dec. 14, 1836. Five years later her father removed to the Rectory of St. Nicholas, Worcester. In August, 1850, she entered Mrs. Teed's school, whose influence over her was most beneficial. In the following year she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." A short sojourn in Germany followed, and on her return she was confirmed in Worcester Cathedral, July 17, 1853. In 1860 she left Worcester on her father resigning the Rectory of St. Nicholas, and resided at different periods in Leamington, and at Caswall Bay, Swansea, broken by visits to Switzerland, Scotland, and North Wales. She died… Go to person page >
John Zundel's BEECHER (named after Henry Ward Beecher, his pastor) was first published in his Christian Heart Songs (1870) as a setting for Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (568). The tune is also known as ZUNDEL. Approximating the shape of a rounded bar form (AA'BA'), BEECHER is…