Own thy congregation

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1 Own Thy congregation,
O Thou slaughtered Lamb;
We are here assembled
In Thy holy Name;
Look upon Thy people
Whom Thou by Thy blood
Hast in love redeemed
And brought nigh to God.

2 Thou hast kindly led us
Through these many years;
Now accept our praises
And remove our fears.
Grant us all with gladness
To obey Thy voice;
Let Thy will and pleasure
Be our only choice.

3 May Thy Church arrayed
In the glorious dress
Of her Lord and Saviour’s
Spotless righteousness
Be both now and ever
By Thy blood kept clean,
And in all her members
May Thy grace be seen.

Source: Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #573

Author: Nicolaus Ludwig, Graf von Zinzendorf

Zinzendorf, Count Nicolaus Ludwig, the founder of the religious community of Herrnhut and the apostle of the United Brethren, was born at Dresden May 26, 1700. It is not often that noble blood and worldly wealth are allied with true piety and missionary zeal. Such, however, was the case with Count Zinzendorf. Spener, the father of Pietism, was his godfather; and Franke, the founder of the famous Orphan House, in Halle, was for several years his tutor. In 1731 Zinzendorf resigned all public duties and devoted himself to missionary work. He traveled extensively on the Continent, in Great Britain, and in America, preaching "Christ, and him crucified," and organizing societies of Moravian brethren. John Wesley is said to have been under obligat… Go to person page >

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First Line: Own thy congregation
Author: Nicolaus Ludwig, Graf von Zinzendorf

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