Household Of Faith

by Rev. David Petersen

An Anniversary Hymn

This is a rough draft for a hymn to be used during the 50th year of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairgrove, MI (beginning in November).

10. 8. 10. 8. 8. 8. 4. 4.
Suggested tune: Lobe den Herren, o meine TLH 26

1.   Household of faith He holds us together
          The Promise valid for all time
     Nothing from Him, us can ever sever 
          His lavish Grace upon us shines.
     Bestowing His man-baffling gifts,
     The great "I AM" from death us lifts!
          Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

2.   Messiah stoops down in order to bleed.
          He gave up all us to redeem,
     Recklessly sowing His life-giving Seed!
          By Grace His glory we have seen
     The face of steadfast compassion,
     Jesus, Our Lord, God's only Son!
          Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
3.   Thy Word preached has not returned empty
          But hast brought Thy saints unto Thee.
     Prospering in that for which Thou sent it
          Creating us anew as Thou hast pleased
     Leading us in the way of Peace
     Unto the Victory Feast!
          Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

4.   Thus live the Baptized believers by Grace,
          Nourished for life by Living Bread.
     Buried by water then raised for the race
          Heeding all the words Thou hast said.
     Keep us, Thy warriors, strong in hope
     Then to Abraham, bear us home 
          Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

5.   Two score and ten the years God hast kept us,
          Promises fulfilled in His Grace.
     Baptized, confirm-ed, married, and buried,
          Keep God, Thy vows before our face.
     From Thou our life by Thy Word came,
     For Grace we thank and praise Thy Name!
          Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

6.   Sing, O Ye saints, the high doxology
          Of Him who doth such wondrous things!
     Live by His Word and unto Him solely,
          With happy hearts thine "Amens" sing!
     Children of God, with angel host
     Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
          Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  
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