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Come, Join the Throng on This Glad Day   2 comments

Fries Memorial Moravian Church 1917

Above:  Fries Memorial Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1917

Building erected in 1915

Image Source = The Winston-Salem Journal, October 9, 1917, page 5

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Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (1969), Moravian Church in America

Text (1915) by Henry Elias Fries (1857-1949)


Come, join the throng on this glad day,

And praise our God and King!

Let all rejoice with heart and voice

And thankful tribute bring.


This house, our God, to Thee we build

For worship, praise and prayer.

We here recount Thy mercies, Lord,

And all Thy watchful care.


Our glad hosannas here we raise

To Thee, our fathers’ God,

And with devotion we will tread

The paths our fathers trod.


With love to Thee this house we give,

Ourselves, our lives, our all;

We gladly own Thee as our King,

And crown Thee Lord of all.

Jesus, Now in Glory Dwelling   1 comment


Above:  Chapel, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, March 15, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Songs of the Christian Life (1912), U.S. Congregationalist, via

Text by Mary Cornelia Bishop Gates (1842-1905)


1.  Jesus, now in glory dwelling,

Far beyond our loving sight,

In the splendor most excelling,

In the great excess of light,–

Where we build for Thee a temple

In earth’s lowly, needy place,

Fill the house with measures ample

Of the Spirit of all grace.

2.  Build the house Thyself, O Saviour;

House of Mercy let it be,

Where the lost shall find Thy favor,

And the weary rest in Thee.

Wide its doors of pardon setting,

Bid the heavy-laden come,

All their sin and care forgetting

In the new-found place of home.

3.  Here give life for death, revealing

All Thy dying love again.

Teach new power of service, sealing

To Thy work devoted men.

Make this humble house most glorious

With Thy presence from above,

Fill it with Thy power victorious,

Lord of light, of peace, and love!

Come, Jesus, from the Sapphire Throne   1 comment


Above:  Chapel, St. Mary and St. Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church, Buford, Georgia, November 9, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Words (1875) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister


1.  Come, Jesus, from the sapphire throne,

Where Thy redeemed behold Thy face;

Enter this temple now Thine own,

And let Thy glory fill the place.

2.  We praise Thee that today we see

Its sacred walls before Thee stand;

‘Tis Thine for us, ’tis ours for Thee,

Reared by Thy kind, assisting hand.

3.  Oft as returns the day of rest,

Let heartfelt worship here ascend;

With Thine own joy fill ev’ry breast,

With Thine own pow’r Thy word attend.

4.  Here in the dark and sorr’wing day

Bid Thou the throbbing heart be still.

Oh, wipe the mourner’s tears away

And give new strength to meet Thy will.

5.  Here in baptismal water pure

We find for sin a gracious cure;

Our children here to Thee we bring

To be Thine heirs, O heavenly King.

6.  When at Thine altar we shall meet

And keep the feast of dying love,

Be our communion ever sweet

With Thee and with Thy Church above.

7.  Come, faithful Shepherd, feed Thy sheep;

In Thine own arms the lambs enfold.

Give help to climb the heavenward steep

Till Thy full glory we behold.

O Light, From Age to Age the Same   1 comment

O Light, From Age to Age the Same

Above:  The Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Words (1890) by Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840-1929)

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1935), Congregational Christian Churches


1.  O Light, from age to age the same,

Forever living Word,

Here have we felt thy kindling flame,

Thy voice within have heard.

2.  Here holy tho’t and hymn and pray’r

Have wing’d the spirit’s pow’rs,

And made these walls divinely fair,–

Thy temple, Lord, and ours.

3.  What visions rise above the years,

What tender mem’ries throng,

Till eyes are filled with happy tears,

And hearts with grateful song.

4.  Vanish the mists of time and sense;

They come, the loved of yore,

And one encircled Providence

Holds all forevermore.

5.  O, not in vain their toil who wrought

To build faith’s freer shrine,

Nor theirs whose steadfast love and thought

Have watched the fire divine!

6.  Burn, holy fire, and shine more wide!

While systems rise and fall,

Faith, hope, and charity abide,

The heart and soul of all.

Upon the Sure Foundation   1 comment


Above:  The High Altar at the New Chapel, St. Mary and Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church, Buford, Georgia, November 10, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Words (1937) by the Reverend P. C. Paulsen (1881-1948)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage


1.  Upon the sure foundation

Of Jesus Christ our Lord

God builds the congregation

By sacrament and Word,

Which is for Him a temple

In which His Spirit dwells

And Jesus, our example,

In holiness excels.

2.  God’s temple firmly founded,

Which stood the test of time,

Through ages has resounded

With pray’r and praise sublime;

It still is consecrated

To pray’r and songs of joy;

But they who violate it

Them shall the Lord destroy.

3.  So when the congregation,

Distinguished by the cross,

Goes forth in consecration

To serve the Saviour’s cause,

It shall be manifested

A people sanctified,

Who are with pow’r invested

To serve His chosen bride.

4.  How beautiful Thy dwelling,

O God of grace and love,

Thy hand with strength excelling

Upholds it from above!

Thy courts are filled with glory,

Thy alter, pure and bright,

Stands forth a promontory

Toward the Lord of Light.

Founded on Thee, Our Only Lord   1 comment

Above:  St. Mary and St. Martha Episcopal Church, Buford, Georgia, February 11, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1895), the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (1869-1958)

Words (1894) by the Reverend Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895)


1.  Founded on Thee, our only Lord,

On Thee, the everlasting Rock,

Thy Church shall stand as stands Thy word,

Nor fear the storm, nor dread the shock.

2.  For Thee our waiting spirits yearn,

For Thee this house of praise we rear;

To Thee with longing hearts we turn;

Come, fix Thy glorious presence here.

3.  Come, with Thy Spirit and Thy power,

The Conqueror, once the Cruficied;

Our God, our Strength, our King, our Tower,

Here plant Thy throne, and here abide.

4.  Accept the work our hands have wrought;

Accept, O God, this earthly shrine;

Be Thou our Rock, our Life, our Thought,

And we, as living temples, Thine.