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Church, rejoice, Raise thy voice

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1 Church, rejoice!
Raise your voice,
sing Jehovah’s worthy praise;
extol his name forever;
laud him, our God and Savior;
proclaim to ev'ry nation
the tidings of salvation;
bear the witness
to his greatness;
spread the story
of his glory
to the earth’s remotest bounds.

2 Church, unite
for the right;
let your foes behold your stand;
rebuke them for their error;
inspire with hope and fervor;
declare the Savior’s merit
and how the Holy Spirit
by his power,
ev'ry hour,
will direct us
and protect us
in a world of sin and strife.

3 Church, go forth
o’er the earth;
Christ, your head, has hallowed you,
a chosen bride forever,
adorned now for our Savior;
be strong and be not cheerless,
and may your saints be fearless;
in all places,
with all races,
may that story
of his glory
be the hope of all the world.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #631

Author: Johann Daniel Herrnschmidt

Herrnschmidt, Johann Daniel, was born April 11, 1675, at Bopfingen, in Württemberg, where his father, G. A. Herrnschmidt, was from 1673-1702 diaconus, and 1702-1714 Town preacher. He entered the University of Altdorf in 1696 (M.A. 1698), and in the autumn of 1698 went to Halle. In the spring of 1702 he became assistant to his father, and in July, 1702, Heifer at the Town church. In 1712 he became superintendent, court preacher and consistorialrath at Idstein, and in the same year graduated D.D. at Halle. He was finally, in 1715, appointed Professor of Theology at Halle, and in 1716 also sub-director of the Orphanage and the Padagogium there. He died at Halle, Feb. 5, 1723 (Koch, iv. 349-354, 569, &c). He was one of the best hymnwriters of… Go to person page >

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