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Christian Hearts, in Love United   2 comments

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Above:  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, LaGrange, Georgia, June 5, 2016

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Text (1723) by Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)

English Translation (1789) by Bishop Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)

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Christian hearts, in love united,

Seek alone in Jesus rest;

Has He not your love excited?

Then let love inspire each breast;

Members–on our Head depending,

Lights–reflecting Him, our Sun,

Brethren–His commands attending,

We in Him, our Lord, are one.

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Come, then, O flock of Jesus,

Covenant with Him anew;

Unto Him, Who conquered for us,

Pledge we love and service true;

And should our love’s union holy

Firmly linked no more remain,

Wait ye at His footstool lowly,

Till He draw it close again.

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Grant, Lord, that with Thy direction,

“Love each other,” we comply,

Aiming with unfeigned affection

Thy love to exemplify;

Let our mutual love be glowing,

Thus will all men plainly see,

That we, as on one stem growing,

Living branches are in Thee.

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O that such may be our union,

As Thine with the Father is,

And not one of our communion

E’er forsake the path of bliss;

May our light ‘fore men with brightness,

From Thy light reflected, shine;

Thus the world will bear us witness,

That we, Lord, are truly Thine.

O, Exalt and Praise the Lord   2 comments

Christ Enthroned in Heaven

Above:  Icon of Christ Enthroned in Heaven

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Text (1566) by Petrus Herbert (1530-1571)

English Translation (1789) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923), Moravian Church in America

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O, exalt and praise the Lord,

Laud His Name forevermore,

Gratefully with one accord,

With angels, Him adore;

Thank Him for the faithfulness

Wherewith He His witnesses,

Who in heaven are perfected,

Through great tribulation led.

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Since we likewise may attain

To this happiness through grace,

And, by following Jesus, gain

With the saints in heaven a place;

May we tread the narrow path,

Not unfruitful in the faith,

And unto the end endure,

Making our election sure.

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May we always have in view

The example of our Lord,

Faithfully His steps pursue,

Giving heed unto His word;

In our bodies, while we’ve breath,

May we bear about His death,

That His life may even here

In our mortal flesh appear.

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Let us call to mind, with joy,

Those who have before us gone,

Who obtained the victory

Through the blood of Christ alone;

That we all may zealously

Imitate their constancy,

Till we too the prize receive,

And with them in glory live.

In Mercy, Lord, This Grace Below   2 comments

Suthers Center

Above:  Suthers Center for Christian Outreach, Chamblee, Georgia, April 15, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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

The Moravian Book of Worship (1995) contains a version of this hymn with modernized pronouns.

Stanza #1 by Anna Nitschmann (1715-1760); Translated by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Stanza #2 by Henriette Luise von Hayn (1724-1782); Translated by an anonymous Moravian

According to Albert H. Frank, Companion to the Moravian Book of Worship (2004), North American Moravian hymnals from 1786 to 1969 attributed the text to Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760) inaccurately.  (My copies of the 1923 and 1969 Hymnal and Liturgies contain that attribution.)  Charles Adams corrected that error in Our Moravian Hymn Heritage (1984).

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1.  In mercy, Lord, this grace bestow,

That in Thy service we may do

With gladness and a willing mind

Whatever is for us assigned.

2.  Grant we, impelled by Thy love,

In smallest things may faithful prove;

Till we depart, we wish to be

Devoted wholly unto Thee.

Jesus, My Highest Treasure   1 comment

Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, Georgia, September 20, 2009

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Words (1672) by Salomo Liscovius (1640-1689)

English Translation (1754) recast (1789) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)

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1.  Jesus, my highest treasure,

In Thy communion blest

In find unfailing pleasure,

True happiness and rest;

Myself a willing off’ring

I give to Thee alone.

Because by death and suff’ring

Thou didst for me atone.

2.  O joy, all joys excelling,

The Bread of Life Thou art,

Thou cam’st to make Thy dwelling

In my unworthy heart.

My spirit’s hungry craving

Thou canst for ever still;

From deepest anguish saving,

With bliss my cup canst fill.

3.  O let my eyes be lightened

By sight of Thy dear face;

My life below be brightened

By tasting of Thy grace;

Without Thee, mighty Saviour,

To live is nought but pain;

To have Thy love and favor

Is happiness and gain.

4.  Earth’s glory to inherit

Is not what I desire;

To heaven aspires my spirit,

Glowing with nobler fire;

Where Christ Himself appeareth

In brightest majesty,

For me a place prepareth,

There, there I long to be.

God Reveals His Presence   2 comments

St. Clement's, Canton

Above:  St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Canton, Georgia, September 20, 2009

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Words by Gerhardt Tersteegen (1697-1769)

English Translation (1789) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835) and (1800s) by William Mercer (1811-1873)

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1.  God reveals His presence;

Let us now adore Him,

And with awe appear before Him:

God is in His temple;

All in us keep silence,

And before Him bow with rev’rence:

Him alone God we own;

He’s our Lord and Saviour:

Praise His Name forever.

2.  God reveals His presence,

Whom the angelic legions

Serve with awe in heavenly regions:

Holy, holy, holy,

Sing the hosts of heaven;

Praise to God be ever given:

Condescend, to attend

Graciously, to Jesus,

To our songs and praises.

3.  O majestic Being,

Were but soul and body

Thee to serve at all times ready:

Might we, like the angels

Who behold Thy glory,

With abasement sink before Thee,

And through grace be always,

In our whole demeanor,

To Thy praise and honor.

The Springs of Salvation from Christ the Rock Bursting   1 comment

St. Mark's, Dalton

Above:  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Dalton, Georgia, January 31, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Words (1826) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)

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1.  The springs of salvation from Christ the Rock bursting,

And flowing through his wilderness

Refresh and enliven His heritage thirsting,

Abundant are the showers of grace;

As rain over streaming the parched ground,

With plenty now teeming, spreads verdure round,

The promised blessing its influence diffuses,

And fruit, to the husbandman grateful, produces.

2.  “I’ll bless thee and thou shalt be set for a blessing,”

Thus saith the Lord, “to all around;”

Oh, may we, in grace, and in love abound;

Upon Thy grace founded immovably,

And rooted and grounded in love to Thee;

Thus shall we in doctrine, in word and behavior,

To others of life unto life prove a savor.

On Thy Ransomed Congregation   1 comment

Christ the King, Lilburn

Above:  Christ the King Episcopal Church, Lilburn, Georgia, March 1, 2009

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Words (1826) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)

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1.  On Thy ransomed congregation,

Lord, lift up Thy countenance;

Be our Help, Joy and Salvation;

Life and health to us dispense.

2.  In each heart, O fix Thy dwelling,

There erect a monument

Of Thy love, all love excelling,

There fulfill Thy blest intent.

3.  Take us under Thy protection,

Grant us to obey Thy voice,

Simply follow Thy direction,

To Thy will resign our choice.

4.  On each weight still more divested,

Freed from every earthly view,

Be our purpose, unmolested

Our high calling to pursue.

5.  Thus may we, as Thine anointed,

Walk ‘fore Thee in truth and grace,

In the path Thou hast appointed,

Till we reach Thy dwelling-place.