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For Builders Bold, Whose Vision Pure

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1 For builders bold whose vision pure Saw more than brick or stone,
Who laid in hope foundations sure With Christ the cornerstone;
For those who honored your commands And trusted your strong Word,
Who offered faithful hearts and hands, We give you thanks, O Lord.

2 As here they raised a soaring spire Which thrusts toward worlds above,
So may our prayers, like tongues of fire, Leap kindled by your love.
And let your living Word descend As seed on waiting hearts
And, fruitful, there its grace extend To earth’s most distant parts.

3 Here saints newborn you generate Through water and the Word,
Through bread and cup communicate The gift of Christ the Lord.
We gather, Christ’s own family, Christ’s meal of love we share.
Come, help us live in unity, Each other’s burdens bear.

4 We come, O Lord, inheritors From those whose work is done.
Lord, make us now contributors To years beyond our own.
Let faith’s enkindled flame not fail; Let love’s best gifts increase.
Let hope in Christ’s sure Word prevail Till earth and time shall cease.

Author: Herman G. Stuempfle

Rev. Dr. Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr., 83, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, after a long illness. Born April 2, 1923, in Clarion, he was the son of the late Herman G. and Helen (Wolfe) Stuempfle, Sr. Stuempfle lived most of his life in Gettysburg, PA. He served as President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. He attended Hughesville public schools, and was a graduate of Susquehanna University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He received additional advanced degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a doctoral degree at Southern California School of Theology at Claremont. He retired in 1989. Rev. Dr. Stuempfle was the author of several books and numerous articles and lectures on preaching, history, a… Go to person page >

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First Line: For builders bold whose vision pure
Title: For Builders Bold, Whose Vision Pure
Author: Herman G. Stuempfle
Meter: D
Copyright: © 1993 GIA Publications, Inc.




FOREST GREEN is an English folk tune associated with the ballad "The Ploughboy's Dream." Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) turned FOREST GREEN into a hymn tune for The English Hymnal (1906), using it as a setting for "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Shaped in rounded bar form (AABA), FOREST GREEN has th…

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