They Built the Church

They built the church that is our home

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2004)
Tune: CHANGING TIMES
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 They built the church that is our home
with Jesus Christ, the cornerstone,
a strong foundation for the past,
but in these days, will this church last?
Alleluia!

2 Life’s only constant now is change,
our way is hard, and times are strange,
yet sing, rejoice, let prayers be said!
The church lives on with Christ as head!
Alleluia!

3 The church lives on, as we proclaim
the love of God in Christ who came
to dwell with us, show us the way
to walk as faithful friends today.
Alleluia!

4 The church lives on, as we are fed
by Christ, the life-sustaining Bread,
and share the cup of blessed grace
with others gathered in this place.
Alleluia!

5 The church lives on, to us a trust
from Christ, to shape a world more just,
to dry the tears of those who cry,
and feed the hungry, lest they die.
Alleluia!

6 The church lives on, transcending time,
connecting us with saints divine,
embracing all who come to own
Christ as their head and cornerstone.
Alleluia!


Source: Faith That Lets Us Sing: fifty new hymns and short worship songs #72

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >

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First Line: They built the church that is our home
Title: They Built the Church
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2004)
Meter: 8.8.8.8 with alleluias
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Copyright: © 2017 Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.

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