We Are the Children of the Church (Our Fathers' Church)

We are the children of the church

Author: Benj. T. Tanner
Published in 6 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 We are the children of the church,
Our mothers reared by prayer;
The church our fathers fortified,
By faith and manly care.

Our fathers’ church—our mothers’ church—
Is just the church for me;
Our fathers’ church—our mothers’ church—
Mine evermore shall be.

2 Strong are its massive gates and wide,
Its walls a towering pile;
Alike impregnable to all
Who would its courts defile. [Refrain]

3 Numerous its people as the stars,
As pledged in days of old;
And will be as the countless sand,
A number yet untold. [Refrain]

4 And stirred it is by lofty aims,
Of love toward man and God,
And will be till the world accepts
Messiah’s staff and rod. [Refrain]

5 How glorious then, this heritage,
Burdened with storied wealth,
Enriching us and all mankind
With life, and peace, and health. [Refrain]

6 As gathered on the Children’s Day
We at its altars vow,
To mark its bulwarks, tell its towers,
And hold our place as now. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12043

Author: Benj. T. Tanner

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Text Information

First Line: We are the children of the church
Title: We Are the Children of the Church (Our Fathers' Church)
Author: Benj. T. Tanner
Refrain First Line: Our fathers' church, our mothers' church
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #12043
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #583


The Cyber Hymnal #12043

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