Church of God, Elect and Glorious

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Source: One in Faith #663

Author: J. E. Seddon

James E. Seddon (b. Ormskirk, Lancashire, England, 1915; d. London, England, 1983) received his musical training at the London College of Music and Trinity College in London and his theological training at the Bible Churchmen's Theological College (now Trinity College) in Bristol. He served various Anglican parishes in England from 1939 to 1945 as well as from 1967 to 1980. Seddon was a missionary in Morocco from 1945 to 1955 and the home secretary for the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society from 1955 to 1967. Many of his thirty hymns are based on mission­ary themes; he wrote some in Arabic while he lived in Morocco. Seddon joined other Jubilate Group participants to produce Psalm Praise (1973) and Hymns for Today's Church (1982). Bert… Go to person page >

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First Line: Church of God, elect and glorious
Title: Church of God, Elect and Glorious
Author: J. E. Seddon (1982)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1982 Jubilate Hymns Ltd.; admin. Hope Publishing Co.

Notes

Scripture References:
all st. = 1 Pet. 2:9-12

Written by James E. Seddon (PHH 15), this text is based on the well-known passage in 1 Peter 2:9-12 where Peter calls the church "a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God" (v. 9). Each stanza of the text begins with one or more of these memorable phrases and then, following Peter's pattern, explains why the church should be such a holy people. Because it is the recipient of God's mercy, the church must be consecrated to holy living as a testimony of praise to God and as a convincing witness to the unsaved.

The text was first published in Hymns for Today's Church (1982).

Liturgical Use:
Regular Sunday worship; special occasions in the life of the church: anniversaries, dedications, ordinations; with confessional preaching on the doctrine of election; baptism; profession of faith; missions services.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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